FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $2,090,077 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.
State and County Funded Projects
- Beechwood Independent Schools was approved up to $76,500 in county funds to build a greenhouse and purchase lab equipment. For more information, contact Brian VanOver at [email protected].
- Cierra Enterprises was approved up to $6,000 in county funds to construct a building for community education classes and a commercial kitchen to feed the hungry in the area. For more information, contact Kimberly Haubner at [email protected].
- Gav’s Meat Processing, LLC was approved up to $247,676 in state funds to renovate a meat processing facility. For more information, contact Gavin McKinney at [email protected].
- Grain Day, Inc. was approved for $5,000 in county funds to support the local Ag Expo which provides a forum for producers to learn the latest production practices. For more information, contact Clint Hardy at [email protected].
- Greenup County Extension District Board was approved up to $250,000 in state and county funds to build a farmers’ market pavilion. For more information, contact Linda Hieneman 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 $1,338,526:
- Bourbon ($350,000)
- Boyd ($30,000)
- Garrard ($200,000)
- Graves ($52,000)
- Menifee ($118,911)
- Monroe ($315,000)
- Oldham ($12,615)*
- Woodford ($260,000)
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:
- Oldham ($4,500)
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 $40,000:
- Woodford ($40,000)
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 Equipment program was approved by the board totaling $66,375:
- Monroe ($66,375)
Youth Agricultural Incentives Program (YAIP)
YAIP encourages youth to engage in and explore agricultural opportunities.
Three YAIPs were approved by the board totaling $55,500:
- Bourbon ($37,500)
- Powell ($3,000)
- Wayne ($15,000)
All application periods and deadlines for CAIP, NextGen, and YAIP will be advertised locally.
*Existing programs receiving additional funding.
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