Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
$1,110,880 Invested in Kentucky Agricultural Diversification

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 15, 2008  
Contact Information:  Angela Blank
Director of Communications
(502) 564-4627
 


Louisville, Ky. -The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Governor Steve Beshear, approved $1,110,880 in agricultural diversification projects across the Commonwealth during their monthly board meeting on Friday, February 15 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky.

 

State and County Agricultural Development Fund projects approved for funding at the February meeting include:

 

$182,980         Grasshopper Distribution, LLC

Grasshopper Distribution, LLC was approved for $126,480 in state funds and $56,500 in county funds for capital expenditures that will aid in the distribution of agricultural products.

 

$105,000         Johnson County Agricultural Advancement Council, Inc.

The Johnson County Agricultural Advancement Council, Inc. was approved for $105,000 in Johnson County funds to administer a Menu Approach with six model programs including: Cattle Genetics Improvement; Cattle Handling Facilities; Farm Livestock Fencing Improvement; Forage Improvement & Utilization; Goat and Sheep Diversification; and On-Farm Water Enhancement.

 

$10,000           Lee’s Plant Farms, Inc.

Lee’s Plant Farms, Inc. was approved for $10,000 in Larue County funds to construct a retail section, within Lee’s Garden Center, to sell Kentucky-produced products.

 

$50,000           Mason County Extension District Public Properties

The Mason County Extension District Public Properties was approved for $49,000 in state funds and $1,000 in Mason County funds to construct a farmers’ market facility as part of the 2008 Farmers’ Market Awards Program.

 

$100,000         Pulaski County Cattlemen’s Association, Inc.

The Pulaski County Cattlemen’s Association Inc. was approved for $100,000 in Pulaski County funds to administer a Menu Approach Program with two model programs including: Cattle Genetics Improvement and Cattle Handling Facilities.

 

$206,000         Pulaski County Conservation District

The Pulaski County Conservation District was approved for $206,000 in Pulaski County funds to administer a Menu Approach Program with two model programs including: Forage Improvement & Utilization and Hay, Straw, & Commodity Storage.

 

$85,000           Pulaski County Horticulture Association, Inc.

The Pulaski County Horticulture Association, Inc. was approved for $85,000 in Pulaski County funds to administer a Menu Approach Program with two model programs including: Agricultural Diversification and Goat & Sheep Diversification.

 

County model programs are designed to provide farmers with cost-share funding to allow them to improve and diversify their current production practices. For more information regarding the sign-up period and guidelines of programs funded in a specific county please contact the County Cooperative Extension Office.

 

The Cattle Genetics Improvement Program increases the genetic quality of beef and dairy cattle in Kentucky through the selection of superior sires, either through purchase/lease of sires or artificial insemination (AI). County Cattle Genetics Improvement Program approved by the Board totaled $120,000 and included:

$65,000           Breckinridge County

$55,000           Harrison County

 

The Cattle Handling Facilities Program assists with the implementation of best management and health practices that augment efficient production and marketing opportunities for beef and dairy producers in the Commonwealth. County Cattle Handling Programs approved by the Board totaled $90,000 and included:

$90,000           Breckinridge County

 

The Dairy Diversification Program assists existing and new dairy producers throughout the Commonwealth in renovating and modernizing dairy facilities. County Dairy Diversification Programs approved by the Board totaled $40,000 and included:

$25,000           Pulaski County

$15,000           Simpson County

 

The Forage Improvement & Utilization Program improves pastures to allow for improved grazing by animals, reducing producer costs for feed, and improving feed quality.  County Forage Improvement Programs approved by the Board totaled $60,000 and included:

$60,000           Breckinridge County

 

The Hay, Straw, & Commodity Storage Program allows producers to increase the quality and marketability of products to improve the overall farm income.  County Hay, Straw and Commodity Storage Programs approved by the Board totaled $25,000 and included:

$25,000           Clinton County

 

The Technology program allows producers improve net farm income through cost share on technology that will improve farm operation efficiency and assist producers already exploring the use of technology in their operations.  County Technology Programs approved by the Board totaled $36,900 and included:

$36,900           Henderson County

 

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 $256 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 3,134 projects that have been funded through the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, since the inception of the program in January 2001.