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Kentucky Ag Development Board Approves Over $6 Million for Projects
Kentucky Ag Connection - 11/21/2022

The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $6,020,205 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.

"The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board strives to assist Kentucky's farmers achieve greater diversity in our agricultural landscape," said Commissioner of Agriculture and board chair Dr. Ryan Quarles. "The projects awarded will help reach this goal as the board and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture continues to put the best interest of the commonwealth's farmers in the forefront."

State and County Funded Projects

- Hampton Premier Meats was approved $3,750 in state funds for funding consultation fees for a Global Food Safety Initiative audit, shelf-life consultation for ground beef, and consultation on smoked meats.

- Kentucky Department of Agriculture was approved $2,876,000 in state funds to fund the Kentucky Proud Program.

- Kentucky Horticulture Council was approved $1,848,395 in state funds to expand technical assistance, education, research, and market analysis for Kentucky's horticulture industry.

- Kentucky State Beekeepers Association was approved up to $106,000 in state and county funds to support Kentucky beekeepers.

- Marion County Public Schools was approved $8,592 in Marion County funds to update the greenhouse at Marion County High School.

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.

Four CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $969,918:

- Caldwell ($97,918)

- Fleming ($300,000)

- Mason ($252,000)

- Robertson ($320,000)

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 to Fleming

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 $39,300 to LaRue ($23,625 and $15,675);

Youth Agricultural Incentives Program (YAIP) -- YAIP encourages youth to engage in and explore agricultural opportunities.

Five YAIPs were approved by the board totaling $128,250:

- Caldwell ($10,000)

- Casey ($36,750)

- Fleming ($25,000)

- LaRue ($30,000)

- Mason ($26,500)

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

*Existing programs receiving additional funding.


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