FRANKFORT, Ky. (Aug. 22, 2016) – The Kentucky Agriculture Development Board approved $3,436,084 for 25 agricultural diversification and rural development programs across the Commonwealth on Aug. 19 at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
Animal Show Facility Improvements
McLean County 4-H was approved for $6,325 in McClean County funds to install energy efficient LED lights in the 4-H activities center at Myers Creek Park and build an open shed onto the Durbin Pavilion Animal Show facility. For more information about this project, contact Nancy Butler at (270) 273-3690 or [email protected].
Youth Heifer Chain Program
The Taylor County Cattlemen’s Association, Inc. was approved for $10,000 in Taylor County funds. The funds will be used to provide assistance for Taylor County youth ages nine to 15 in purchasing a beef or dairy heifer. For more information about this project, contact Amanda Sublet at (270) 465-4511 or [email protected].
Grain Bin Rescue Equipment
The Green County Fire and Rescue, Inc. was approved for $1,100 in Green County funds to purchase grain bin rescue equipment. For more information about this project, contact Joshua Gupton at (270) 405-1209 or [email protected].
Hydroponic High School Greenhouse
The Henry County Board of Education was approved for $5,000 in Henry County funds for the construction of a hydroponic greenhouse at Henry County High School. For more information about this project, contact Lindsey Davie at (502) 845-8670 or
Butcher Shop Expansion
Boone’s Abattoir (Boone’s Butcher Shop) was approved for $329,301 State and multiple County funds for and addition to its slaughter facility, meat processing plant and retail store. Currently, County funds have been approved for the following counties: Bourbon ($12,500), Fayette ($10,000), LaRue ($15,000), Oldham ($2,500), Shelby ($5,000), Spencer ($7,500) and Woodford ($5,000). For more information about this project, contact Allison Boone at (502) 348-3663 or [email protected].
Viticulture and Enology Extension Program
The University of Kentucky Research Foundation was approved for $416,301 in State funds to support the Kentucky Viticulture and Enology Extension Program. For more information about this project, contact Patsy Wilson at (859) 494-1657 or [email protected].
Twelve County Agricultural Investment Programs (CAIP) were approved by the board totaling $2,589,747 for Allen ($73,399), Bourbon ($12,500), Boyle ($172,753), Edmonson ($89,500), Fayette ($300,000), Franklin ($142,663), Mason ($270,000), Metcalfe ($239,138), Morgan ($192,294), Oldham ($2,500), Owen ($350,000), Shelby ($350,000), Wayne($160,000) and Woodford ($250,000) counties. CAIP offers 10 investment areas that give Kentucky agricultural producers the ability to increase net farm income, add value to their products and diversify their operation. CAIP benefits and enhances agriculture across the state by stimulating markets for Kentucky agricultural products.
Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program
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. Four Deceased Farm Animal Removal Programs totaling $27,000 were approved by the board for Boyle ($7,500), Franklin ($4,500), Hart ($7,500) and Scott ($7,500) counties.
Three Shared-use Equipment Programs totaling $51,310 were approved by the board for Adair ($12,250), Garrard ($20,910) and Metcalfe ($18,150) counties. The Shared-use Equipment Program assists broad-based community organizations on the purchase of farm equipment. The equipment purchased is made available for producer use in a specific county on a leased basis.