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Kentucky Ag Development Board Approves Millions for Projects
Kentucky Ag Connection - 05/23/2022

The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $4,407,243 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.

State and County Funded Project

City of Cadiz was approved for up to $93,500 in state and county funds for the construction of a farmers' market structure to extend the marketing season for producers.

Gav's Meat Processing, LLC was approved for $5,000 in Butler County funds to purchase meat processing equipment.

Sugarloaf Mountain Meats and Processing was approved for $224,850 in state funds as a forgivable loan to purchase a poultry processing unit called "Plant in a Box" and equipment to expand their operation to a USDA certified poultry processing facility.

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. Twenty-six CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $3,877,393:

Ballard ($325,000)
Carroll ($183,809)
Casey ($240,000)*
Clark ($170,000)
Clinton ($160,909)
Daviess ($50,000)
Fayette ($40,000)*
Harrison ($371,979)
Henderson ($45,000)
Henry ($291,278)
Jessamine ($100,000)
Lawrence ($125,000)
Leslie ($62,730)
Marshall ($46,732)
Marion ($135,000)
McCreary ($35,725)
Meade ($61,842)
Mercer ($188,951)
Montgomery ($200,000)
Morgan ($221,911)
Muhlenberg ($54,813)
Oldham ($30,000)
Owen ($265,000)*
Powell ($60,841)
Trimble ($230,873)
Wayne ($180,000)

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. Four DAR programs were approved by the board totaling $44,500:

Clark ($15,000)
Harrison ($7,500)
Marion ($14,000)
Montgomery ($8,000)

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 $60,000: Henry ($60,000)

Youth Agricultural Incentives Program (YAIP)

YAIP encourages youth to engage in and explore agricultural opportunities. Seven YAIP programs were approved by the board totaling $102,000:

Clark ($40,000)
Fayette ($5,000)
Henderson ($6,000)
Henry ($20,000)
Ohio ($10,000)
Oldham ($6,000)
Trimble ($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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