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State invests $1.8 million in continued development of dairy industry

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 17, 2013) — The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved the Kentucky Dairy Development Council Inc. for $1,863,900 in state funds to be disbursed over two years to continue educating and promoting Kentucky’s dairy producers and the dairy industry as a whole.

“I am committed to creating opportunities that will make Kentucky’s agricultural community stronger,” said Gov. Beshear.  “This investment of Kentucky Agricultural Development Funds represents an investment in the continuation and advancement of Kentucky’s dairy industry that will play an integral role in achieving this goal.”

The goals of this project will be accomplished through a variety of programs, including the Market Incentive Leadership for Kentucky (MILK) program, the Kentucky Dairy Incentives Program (KDIP), the Dairy Consultant Program, Young Dairy Producer Initiative and more.  The largest of the programs will be the MILK program; $1 million of the grant will go to this program, which will be matched by milk marketing agencies that buy milk in Kentucky.  The MILK program provides incentives premiums directly to farmers who meet certain quality and quantity standards in their dairy operations.

“These Kentucky Agricultural Development Funds provide many opportunities for all Kentucky dairy farm families and will empower Kentucky dairy farmers to become more profitable and sustainable,” said Maury Cox, KDDC executive director.  “Dairy cows are economic generators in local communities and the state. This investment will pay dividends for the future of the entire commonwealth.”

It is anticipated that more than 800 dairy farm families will benefit from this investment.  This project was one of the 14 proposals approved at the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board’s December business meeting.

For more information about the Kentucky Dairy Development Council, contact Maury Cox at 859-516-1129 or [email protected].