FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2012) – The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board (KADB), chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, on Friday approved $2,251,164 in 23 agricultural diversification projects across the state.
State and regional investments included:
— $33,255, Farmers’ Market Infrastructure Award: The Lincoln County Farmers Market was approved for $21,255 in state funds and $12,000 in Lincoln County funds to construct a 32×88-foot clear-span wood-post building for the market through the 2012 Farmers’ Market Infrastructure Competitive Awards Program.
— $40,000, Farmers’ Market Infrastructure Award: The UK Research Foundation, on behalf of the Robinson Center Farmers’ Market, was approved for $20,000 in state funds and $20,000 in Breathitt County funds to construct a permanent facility for the market in Breathitt County through the 2012 Farmers’ Market Infrastructure Competitive Awards Program.
— $25,000, Farmers’ Market Infrastructure Award: The Muhlenberg County Fiscal Court was approved for $25,000 in state funds to construct a 1,500-s.f. open pavilion for Muhlenberg County Farmers’ Market through the 2012 Farmers’ Market Infrastructure Competitive Awards Program.
— $20,489, Farmers’ Market Infrastructure Award: The Owsley County Board of Education was approved for $20,489 in state funds to construct a 100×40-foot facility for the Owsley County Farmers’ Market through the 2012 Farmers’ Market Infrastructure Competitive Awards Program.
County investments approved included:
— $14,600, Youth Cost-Share Program: The Green River Area Beef Improvement Group (GRABIG) was approved for $14,600 in Daviess County funds to provide a youth cost-share program for Daviess County youth to develop successful agricultural production enterprises.
— 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. Ten CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $1,839,063 for Adair, Christian, Laurel, Magoffin, Metcalfe, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Trigg and Warren counties.
In addition to these new approvals, an additional $244,700 was approved to supplement existing CAIPs in the following counties: Casey, Garrard and Jessamine.
— The Deceased Farm Animal Disposal Assistance Program serves as a measure to facilitate the coordination of environmentally sound and cost-effective disposal of deceased livestock for Kentucky producers. Three County Deceased Farm Animal Disposal Assistance Programs were approved for Casey, Christian and Nicholas counties totaling $22,500.
— 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. Two Shared-use Equipment Programs were approved by the board in the amount of $11,557 for Christian and Pulaski counties.