FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $2,245,146 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.
“The projects that the KADB has approved will help keep our agriculture industry vibrant as we work to safeguard our economy from the destructive coronavirus pandemic and emerge as a better Kentucky,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. “This funding will support agriculture education, meat processing, farm water management and safety enhancements, among many other benefits.”
Kentucky Grape & Wine Council Initiatives
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture was approved for up to $259,000 in state funds over two years to continue to support the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council. Funding will be used for vineyard expansion, branding, advertising, wholesaler reimbursement and a label cost-share grant. As of 2020, there are 70 wineries and more than 125 grape growers in the Kentucky.
Agriculture Education Program and Curriculum Development
Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom Inc. was approved for up to $120,000 in state funds for educational materials and program services. The project will continue to provide agriculture-based educational programs and resources to teachers, schools and volunteer farm educators to grow agricultural literacy, develop future consumers and encourage students to consider agriculture-based professions.
Farm Retail Market
Triple J Farm, located in Scott County, was approved for up to $180,000 in multiple county and state funds to build a new farm market. Triple J Farm plans to partner with at least 15 different growers and producers within the state.
Nash Farms, located in Washington County, was approved for up to $45,679 in multiple county and state funds to develop a produce facility. The facility will be designated for receiving, washing, packaging and storing fresh produce to increase production and meet current consumer demands. The facility will help to ensure food security within the community and the community’s access to fresh, quality produce. Surplus produce in the facility will be donated to the local community action center.
“I am pleased that Nash Farms will receive this funding. It will help provide food security and access to fresh produce for this community and others,” said Sen. Tom Buford, R-Nicholasville. “I want to thank the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy for recognizing the worthiness of the investment. Most of all, I want to thank the Nash family for their hard work. Nash Farms exemplifies what it means to be Kentucky Proud. I am excited to see what the new facility will produce for the Nash family and Washington County.”
Meat Processing Investment Program – Level 2
Loretto Butcher Shop, located in Marion County, was approved for up to $37,500 in state funds to purchase and install custom processing equipment and building improvements. The facility estimates an increase in the number of animals processed by up to six beef equivalents/week and 10 hogs/week.
“I would like to thank the board for their support of this important project to install custom meat processing equipment at Loretto Butcher Shop,” said Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R- Lebanon. “It is important that we support small business, but also support food security by allowing them to increase the amount of weekly processing. The future of food processing includes growing local, processing local and buying local. This is a great way to invest tobacco settlement funds in a traditionally tobacco-dependent community.”
Moonlight Meat Processing Inc., located in Whitley County, was approved for up to $37,500 in state funds to purchase and install USDA processing equipment. The facility estimates an increase in the number of animals processed by up to 15 beef equivalents/week.
Farm Water Management Program – Small Scale Grant
Andrew Ellison d/b/a Southern Sweet Berry Farm was approved for up to $1,912 in state funds to install a water line and micro-irrigation system to use water from a pond for its blueberry operation. This is a Small Scale Grant project in Graves County.
ASAPFish LLC was approved for up to $10,000 in state funds to install a pump, piping and cistern to capture and distribute water from a spring throughout the aquaculture farm. This is a Small Scale Grant project in Woodford County.
Greenup County Extension District Board was approved for up to $10,000 in Greenup County funds to purchase mobile livestock pens. The pens will be used for the Greenup County Fair and other agricultural events. Two-hundred families involved with the Greenup County Fair and livestock shows will benefit from this project.
Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market LLC, located in LaRue County, was approved for up to $10,000 in multiple county funds to expand its commercial kitchen. The kitchen expansion will include an additional food prep area and will increase capacity for concessions during the fall season. Surrounding county farm families will benefit from this project.
Owen County Farm Bureau Inc. was approved for up to $4,000 in Owen County funds to improve accessibility at the farmers market facility. Additional parking and driveway expansion will allow for more traffic in and out of the market. Currently, 22 farm families sell products at the farmers market.
Scott County Soil Conservation District was approved for up to $250,000 in Scott County [email protected]
The County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) provides 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, including, but not limited to, bees and honey; equine; forage; beef and dairy cattle; goats and sheep; horticulture; poultry; swine; timber and technology, as well as energy efficiency and production; farm infrastructure and water enhancement; marketing; and value-added production.
The Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program (DAR) serves as a measure to facilitate the coordination of environmentally sound and cost-effective disposal of deceased livestock for Kentucky producers.
The Next Generation Farmer Program (NextGen) addresses the growing need for a specialized program that would benefit producers ages 18 to 40 that have been engaged in an agricultural operation for a minimum of three years.
The Shared-Use Equipment Program assists broad-based community organizations with the purchase of farm equipment. The equipment purchased is made available for producer use in a specific county on a leased basis.
The Youth Agricultural Incentives Program (Youth) encourages youth to engage in and explore agricultural opportunities.
All application periods and deadlines for CAIP, NextGen and Youth programs will be advertised locally. For more information about application dates and guidelines in each county, please call or email the contact list above under the appropriate county.