Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy
Agricultural Development Funds Awarded

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 20, 2013  
Contact Information:  Sandra Gardner
(502) 564-4627
(502) 330-2105
sandra.gardner@ky.gov
 


Agricultural Development Funds Awarded

More than $1.2 million invested across the Commonwealth

 

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 20, 2013) – Today the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board (KADB), chaired by Governor Steve Beshear, approved $1,246,045 for 19 agricultural diversification projects across the Commonwealth during its Dec. board meeting at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office.

 

State and regional investments included:

 

On-line Equine Database

ProEquine LLC was approved for $8,000 in state and county funds for the development of a web-accessible, secure equine database. This project will enable farm managers to upload important information that equine owners can access, facilitating the timely transfer of vital information between farm managers and equine owners. For more information about this project, contact Natalie Henton at 859-489-6710 or nataliehenton@gmail.com.  

 

Value-Added Processing & Distribution Facility Development

The Weekly Juicery LLC (TWJ) was approved for $310,000 in state funds in the form of a $235,000 loan and a $75,000 grant to renovate a centralized manufacturing and distribution facility for its juice and raw foods production. A portion of the funding will also be used in the renovation of a second retail facility for TWJ.  TWJ will purchase vegetables and other produce from Growing Warriors and other Kentucky producers for value-added processing. For more information about this project, visit www.theweeklyjuicery.com or contact Kimmye Bohannon at 859-368-8000, 859-492-0009 or kimmye@theweeklyjuicery.com.  

 

2013 Farmers’ Market Competitive Grant Program

This competitive grant program provides an opportunity for local farmers’ markets to access state Kentucky Agricultural Development Funds for the construction of new permanent facilities for their markets or expansion of existing markets, as well as marketing and development resources.

                                                                                             

$114,391         Mercer County Fair & Horse Show Inc.

Mercer County Fair & Horse Show Inc. was approved for $94,391 in state and $20,000 in Mercer County funds for the construction of a permanent farmers’ market structure, which will include restrooms and a commercial kitchen. For more information about this market, contact Jay Anderson at 859-734-5546, 859-265-09595 or jay.anderson@mercer.kyschools.us.  Also, visit mercer.ca.uky.edu/FarmersMarket for additional information.

 

$125,000         Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court

The Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court was approved for $125,000 in state funds for the construction of a permanent farmers’ market that will include a commercial and bee kitchens, along with classrooms for educational vendor and consumer demonstrations. For more information about this market, contact Darrell Simpson at 270-338-3124 or drsimpso@uky.edu.

 

$14,000           Rowan County Fiscal Court

The Rowan County Fiscal Court was approved for $7,000 in state and $7,000 in Rowan County funds for the construction of a permanent market facility in Morehead. This market will provide a central location and increase accessibility to the market.  For more information about this market, contact Judge/Executive Jim Nickell at 606-784-5151 or 606-776-4479.

 

$50,000           Simpson County District Board

The Simpson County District Board was approved for $50,000 in state funds for the construction of a permanent open-air pavilion with restrooms and walkways for easier access.  For more information about this market, contact Jason Phillips at 270-586-4484, 270-776-0614 or jrphil0@uky.edu.

 

County investments approved included:

 

4-H Livestock Barn

The Fayette County 4-H Council Inc. was approved for $60,945 in Fayette County funds to construct a livestock barn for the Fayette County 4-H Livestock Club. The facility will house project animals of the club and will be built adjacent to the Agriculture Pavilion on the Bluegrass Fairgrounds at Masterson Station Park.  For more information about this project, contact Steve Musen at 859-257-5582 or 859-940-9230.

 

Environmental Stewardship

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. One Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program was approved Harrison County in the amount of $7,500.

 

Heifer Chain

The Taylor County Cattlemen’s Association Inc. was approved for $15,000 in Taylor County Funds to implement a youth heifer chain for beef and dairy.  The program is available to youth ages 9 to 15. Female calves produced through the program are donated back the association to continue the program. For more information about this project, contact Amanda Sublett at 270-465-4511, 270-469-0431 or amanda.sublett@uky.edu.

 

Kentucky Proud Retail Market

Nona’s Downtown Market LLC was approved for $5,000 in Daviess County funds.  Funds will be used for refrigeration and display equipment and an alarm system for this retail facility that specializes in Kentucky Proud products and foods. The facility includes a food market, gift shop, delicatessen and country-style restaurant – all featuring Kentucky Proud foods.  For more information about this project, contact Maria Kelly at 270-688-0169, 270-925-6321 or info@nonasowensboro.com.  

 

Livestock Facility Improvements

The Nicholas County Fiscal Court was approved for $12,000 in Nicholas County funds to construct and equip a 21′ x 16′ kitchen within the Nicholas County Livestock Building. The facility will expand use of the livestock facility and allow for a variety of extension events, as well as rental for private events.  For more information about this project, contact Michael Phillips with the extension service at 859-289-2312.

 

On-Farm Investments

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 on-farm agricultural enterprises in its 10 investment areas, including production, marketing and value-added processing. Two CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $373,029 for Anderson and Metcalfe counties.

 

In addition to these new approvals, an additional $135,555 was approved to supplement existing CAIPs in Bracken, Jackson and Scott counties.

 

Shared-Use Equipment
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. Three Shared-use Equipment Programs were approved by the board for Clay, Jackson and Pulaski counties totaling $15,625.

 

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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 $400 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 4,800 projects approved, since the inception of the program in January 2001.

 

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