FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board (KAD) approved $629,258 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.
State and County Funded Project
Alliance Packing KY, LLC was approved for $400,000 in State Funds as a cost-reimbursement forgivable loan for the purchase and renovation of a produce cleaning, cooling, packaging and marketing facility in Laurel County.
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.
Two CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $175,035:
- Boone ($25,035)*
- Gallatin ($150,000)
Deceased Farm Animal Removal (DAR)
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 DAR Program was approved by the board totaling $4,500:
- Bracken ($4,500)
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 $19,723:
- Hart ($19,723)
Youth Agricultural Incentives Program (YAIP)
YAIP encourages youth to engage in and explore agricultural opportunities.
One YAIP program was approved by the board totaling $30,000:
- Laurel ($30,000)
All application periods and deadlines for CAIP and YAIP will be advertised locally.
*Existing programs receiving additional funding.
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