Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
Kentucky Agricultural Development Board Approves $351,257 for Re-Borne, Inc.
Frankfort, Ky.-The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, Chaired by Governor Steve Beshear, approved $26,257 of state funds as a grant and $325,000 of state funds as a loan for studies, equipment, and start-up costs for a production facility that will source, process, market and sell a sterile bovine colostrum based nutrient supplement. This proposal was one of the twenty-six projects approved at the September Kentucky Agricultural Development Board Meeting that took place in Frankfort, Ky.
Re-Borne, Inc.’s facility is located in Shelby County and they will be working with dairy producers across the state to accept their colostrum. Colostrum is rich in antibodies, natural growth factors and nutrients. Dairy farmers use colostrum to provide immune and growth support for their own calves. Re-Borne, Inc. is able to take surplus colostrum, which is waste product in the industry, and provide a long shelf life for the product. It is stored in a refrigerated state and is intended to improve the overall health and production of equine, cattle, and swine.
Re-Borne, Inc., as demand grows, will create a new source of income for dairy farmers by using their colostrum. They are also working with Western Kentucky University’s Agriculture Department on additional studies on how to make the product more viable for consumers.
“I am committed to creating opportunities that will make Kentucky’s agricultural community stronger,” said Gov. Beshear. “Projects funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, such as this one, play an integral role in achieving this goal.”
Governor Beshear and the Kentucky Legislature continue to make great strides toward lessening Kentucky’s dependence on tobacco production while revitalizing the farm economy by investing 50 percent of Kentucky's Master Settlement Agreement into the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. To date, Kentucky has invested more than $268 million to an array of county, regional and state projects designed to increase net farm income and create sustainable new farm-based business enterprises. The diversification programs represent more than 3,381 projects that have been funded through Agricultural Development Fund, since the inception of the program in January 2001.
For more information on this project contact Christy Newland at (800) 901-8498. To learn more about cost-share grant and loan programs available though the Agricultural Development Fund contact the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy at (502) 564-4627.