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KY Agricultural Development Board approves more than $2.1 million

FRANKFORT, Ky. — At its monthly board meeting, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $2,130,880 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth.

“The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board’s attention to a diverse set of projects and programs sets a high standard for Kentucky’s agricultural future,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and board chair Jonathan Shell. “With the board’s focus and the innovative plans from some of Kentucky’s top producers, Kentucky agriculture is headed in the right direction.”

County and State Funded Projects

  • Chaney’s Dairy Barn was approved for a $250,000 participation loan and a cost-reimbursement grant in matching multi-county funds with state funds, not to exceed $50,000 in state funds. This project will support the construction of its existing facility.
  • The Farmstand was approved up to $7,554 in Carroll County funds to construct a storefront for local homegrown products.
  • University of Kentucky, KY Agricultural Leadership Program was approved up to $500,000 in state funds to develop alumni programming and enhance leadership development for past and future participants.

State Program

Food Safety and Efficiency Incentives Program

Food Safety and Efficiency Incentives Program funds Kentucky farm families, businesses, and processors to increase their efficiency and food safety protocol through sound consultation services.

Three Food Safety and Efficiency Incentives Programs were approved by the board totaling $11,250:

  • Hardin ($3,750)
  • Jefferson ($3,750)
  • Metcalfe ($3,750)

County Programs

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, beef and dairy cattle; farm infrastructure, fencing, and water enhancement; equine; forage; goats and sheep; horticulture; poultry; swine; bees and honey; timber and technology, as well as energy efficiency and production; marketing; and value-added production.

The board approved seven CAIPs in the following counties totaling $1,298,035:

  • Bracken ($332,500)
  • Breckinridge ($300,000)
  • Cumberland ($25,208)*
  • Daviess ($82,330)*
  • Garrard ($265,000)
  • Fayette ($215,000)
  • Simpson ($77,997)

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. 

A DAR Program was approved in Garrard County, totaling $2,500.

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. 

Two Shared-Use Equipment Programs were approved by the board totaling $25,541:

  • Daviess ($13,053)
  • Jackson ($12,488)

Youth Agricultural Incentives Program (YAIP)

YAIP encourages youth to engage in and explore agricultural opportunities. 

Three YAIPs were approved by the board totaling $36,000:

  • Bracken ($20,000)
  • Carroll ($15,000)
  • Kenton ($1,000)

All application periods and deadlines for CAIP and YAIP will be advertised locally. 

*Existing programs receiving additional funding.

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