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Ag Development Board Approves Over $4 Million for Projects
Kentucky Ag Connection - 06/20/2022

The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $4,012,843 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.

State and County Funded Projects

Daviess County Conservation District was approved for $20,000 in Daviess County funds to run a Youth Agricultural Production cost-share program.

Daviess County 4-H was approved for $1,036 in Daviess County funds to purchase livestock-based learning lab materials for youth livestock clubs.

Ed Mar Farms, LLC was approved for up to $85,446 in county funds to relocate and expand farm infrastructure for an agritourism event barn.

Goldy's Custom Meats was approved for $1,129 in state funds as a forgivable loan and up to $10,000 in multi-county funds to purchase refrigeration equipment for a hanging cooler at the processing facility in Crittenden County.

Grayson County Farm Bureau was approved for $5,000 in Grayson County funds to purchase grain bin rescue equipment.

Green River Meats was approved for $250,000 in state funds as a forgivable loan, any county funds approved as a cost-reimbursement grant, to build a USDA custom meat processing facility in Greensburg.

Jessamine County FFA Alumni Association was approved for $8,000 in Jessamine County funds to provide cost-share assistance on SAE and 4-H projects.

Kentucky Association of Meat Processors was approved $95,940 in state funds to hire staff to build a foundation for the organization and expand outreach to grow the association membership.

Meade County Fair was approved for $27,000 in Meade County funds to construct a new multi-species covered wash rack for livestock shows.

Trackside Butcher Shoppe was approved for up to $25,000 in state funds and matching $25,000 in multi-county funds to expand its carcass hanging/aging cooler.

Twin Lakes Veterinary Services was approved for $9,500 in Wayne County funds to construct haul-in large animal servicing facilities.

On-Farm Energy Efficiency Incentives Program

The On-Farm Energy Efficiency Incentives Program provides incentives for Kentucky farm families to increase the energy efficiency of existing equipment or facilities on the farm.

Nine On-Farm Energy grants were approved by the board totaling $82,958:

- Breckinridge ($9,268)

- Christian ($10,150)

- LaRue ($10,150)

- Laurel ($10,150)

- Muhlenberg ($10,150)

- Ohio ($10,150)

- Ohio ($10,150)

- Pulaski ($2,640)

- Webster ($10,150)

On-Farm Water Program

On-Farm Water Management Program (OFWM) provides incentives for Land-Grant and Regional Universities, Non-Profits and Kentucky farm families to financially incentivize better water management practices across the commonwealth. Applicants may apply in one of three areas: Research, Development and Demonstration (RDD), Producer Implemented Project (PIP), or Small Scale Grant (SSG).

One OFWM SSG grant was approved by the board totaling $5,110 in Breckinridge.

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.

Eighteen CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $3,290,024:

- Adair ($190,000)

- Allen ($197,947)

- Boyle ($163,000)

- Breathitt ($100,000)

- Carter ($145,000)

- Christian ($203,000)

- Grant ($260,000)

- Jackson ($524,863)

- Kenton ($75,000)

- Knox ($108,198)

- LaRue ($125,000)

- Lee ($40,000)*

- Lincoln ($400,000)

- Nicholas ($294,113)

- Owsley ($122,500)*

- Pendleton ($210,903)

- Washington ($127,500)*

- Whitley ($3,000)*

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.

Three DAR programs were approved by the board totaling $41,700:

- Boyle ($15,000)

- Lincoln ($15,000)

- Washington ($11,700)

Youth Agricultural Incentives Program (YAIP)

YAIP encourages youth to engage in and explore agricultural opportunities.

Three YAIP programs were approved by the board totaling $40,000:

- Breathitt ($6,000)

- Nicholas ($24,000)

- Washington ($10,000)*

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

*Existing programs receiving additional funding.

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