FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $2,363,839 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.
State and County Funded Projects:
- Berea College, Grow Appalachia was approved for $260,575 in state and county funds over two years to expand the Eastern Kentucky Direct Integrated Grower Support (EKY-DIGS) program in eastern Kentucky. For more information on the project contact, Candance Mullins at [email protected].
- Creation Gardens, Inc. was approved for $373,259 in state funds, as a forgivable loan, for renovating and repurposing a facility in Bardstown, Kentucky, for e-commerce of their products. For more information on this project contact, John Thomas at [email protected].
- Stepping Stone Farm, LLC. was approved for county funds to be matched by state funds up to $300,000 to aid in building a store and storage facility on its farm for agriculture educational events and storage space. For more information on this project contact, Ally Barnett at [email protected].
On-Farm Water Program
On-Farm Water Management Program provides state fund incentives for land-grant and regional universities, non-profits, and Kentucky farm families to financially incentivize better water management practices across the commonwealth. Applicants may apply in one of three areas: Research, Development, and Demonstration (RDD), Producer Implemented Project (PIP), or Small Scale Grant (SSG).
Two On-Farm Water grants were approved by the board totaling $48,365:
- Jarrod Brent Cornett was approved for $10,000 in state funds as an SSG to aid in micro-irrigation and plasticulture improvements on his farm.
- Bluegrass Roots Farm Foundation, Inc. was approved for $38,365 in state funds as a forgivable loan, to aid in constructing a stormwater retention basin. This RDD project is in conjunction with the University of Kentucky. For more information on the project contact, Sam Lee at [email protected].
County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP)
CAIP provides Kentucky agricultural producers with cost-share assistance on practices to allow them to improve and diversify their current farm operations. 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.
Eight CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $1,204,415:
- Bourbon ($325,000)
- Boyle ($152,000)
- Hancock ($118,697)
- Mason ($234,000)
- Menifee ($101,118)
- Nicholas ($12,600)*
- Oldham ($11,000)*
- Scott ($250,000)
Deceased Farm Animal Removal (DAR)
DAR serves as a measure to facilitate the coordination of environmentally sound and cost-effective disposal of deceased livestock for Kentucky producers.
Two Deceased Farm Animal Removal programs were approved by the board totaling $22,500:
- Boyle ($15,000)
- Shelby ($7,500)
Next Generation Farmer Program (NextGen)
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.
One NextGen Program was approved by the board totaling $25,000:
- Scott ($25,000)
Shared-Use Equipment Program
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.
Two Shared-Use Equipment projects were funded totaling $46,725:
- Hopkins ($25,162 and $21,563)
Youth Agricultural Incentives Program (YAIP)
YAIP encourages youth to engage in and explore agricultural opportunities.
Four YAIP programs were approved by the board totaling $83,000:
- Bracken ($32,000)
- LaRue ($30,000)
- Mason ($20,000)
- Oldham ($1,000)*
All application periods and deadlines for CAIP, NextGen, and Youth and leasing information for Shared-Use programs will be advertised locally.
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