Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
ARRA Funding Available for Aquaculture Producers
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 28, 2009) –The Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) announce the availability of funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (stimulus funds). The Recovery Act authorizes $50 million of U.S. Department of Agriculture Commodity Credit Corporation funds for grants to states that agree to provide assistance to eligible aquaculture producers for losses associated with high feed input costs during the 2008 calendar year.
Kentucky has received $53,261, which was made on a pro rata basis, based on the amount of aquaculture feed used during the 2007 calendar year, as determined by the Commodity Credit Corporation.
Applications are being mailed to aquaculture producers known to KDA. However, producers who do not receive the application in the mail may obtain one at agpolicy.ky.gov or www.kyagr.com. The deadline for submission is October 21, 2009.
For additional information on the Recovery Act Aquaculture Grant Program, please visit the USDA Recovery Act web site at www.usda.gov\recovery.
This ARRA funding is administered by the USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program, which provides loans and grants to ensure that the necessary investments are made in water and wastewater infrastructure to deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas.