Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
More than $2.6 million in Agricultural Development Funds Awarded
FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 20, 2012) - The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board (KADB), chaired by Governor Steve Beshear, today approved $2,632,408 for 26 agricultural diversification projects across the Commonwealth during its July board meeting at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.
$50,000 Agricultural Multi-purpose Facility
The Daviess County Lions Club Fair Inc. was approved for $50,000 in Daviess County funds for a 120' x 120' county agricultural multi-purpose facility to be used by local agriculture organizations for sales, shows, educational programs and more.
$20,000 CPH Cost-Share Program
The Wayne County Cattlemen's Association Inc. was approved for $20,000 in Wayne County Funds to establish a cost-share program for farmers to raise calves that meet cattle pre-conditioned health (CPH) standards and are age, source verified.
$47,500 Farms to Food Banks
The Kentucky Association of Food Banks was approved for $47,500 in county funds to purchase produce from Kentucky farmers and distribute to seven Food Banks across the Commonwealth. Counties contributing to the project include Allen - $5,000; Casey - $2,500; Garrard - $10,000; Jessamine - $10,000; and Shelby - $20,000.
$18,000 Outdoor Education Center
The Mercer County 4-H Council Inc. was approved for $18,000 in Mercer County funds for an outdoor educational classroom for educational workshops and demonstrations.
$21,401 Shared-Use Equipment Storage Facility
The Pendleton County Extension District Board was approved for $21,401 in Pendleton County funds to build a 72' x 42' structure to store the county's shared-use equipment.
The County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) is designed to provide farmers with incentives to allow them to improve and diversify their current production practices. CAIP covers a wide variety of agricultural enterprises in its 11 investment areas. Fifteen CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $2,373,926 for Allen, Barren, Calloway, Carter, Elliott, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Hart, Knox, LaRue, Lincoln, Morgan, Pendleton and Webster.
In addition to these new approvals, an additional $74,664 was approved to supplement existing CAIPs in Oldham and Whitley counties.
The Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program serves as a measure to facilitate the coordination of environmentally sound and cost-effective disposal of deceased livestock for Kentucky producers. Three Deceased Farm Animal Removal Programs were approved totaling $14,125 for Morgan, Oldham and Washington counties.
The Shared-use Equipment Program is designed to benefit a high number of producers who cannot justify ownership expenses associated with certain equipment by helping them access technology necessary to improve their operations in an economical manner. In June 2011, the KADB approved a special initiative to provide 16 counties that receive $15,000 or less in county funds access to state funds to implement a shared-use equipment program. One Shared-use Equipment Program was approved by the board through the Shared-Use Equipment Initiative totaling $12,792 for Boyd County.
Gov. Steve Beshear and the Kentucky General Assembly 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 $375 million in an array of county, regional and state projects designed to increase net farm income and create sustainable new farm-based business enterprises. These funding approvals, made possible by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, represent just a few of the more than 4,000 projects approved, since the inception of the program in January 2001.