— The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $1,338,011 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.
State and County Funded Projects
University of Kentucky Research Foundation was approved for $250,000 in state funds to conduct a panel and economic analysis on a market for underutilized wood products. For more information on the project contact, Chad Niman 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.
Six CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $1,033,936:
- Bracken ($275,625)
- Breckinridge ($250,000)
- Daviess ($128,058)*
- Lyon ($35,000)
- McLean ($45,253)*
- Pulaski ($300,000)
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 $33,075:
Shared-Use Equipment Program
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.
One Shared-Use program was approved by the board totaling $21,000: