FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $4,583,727 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth at its December board meeting.
“Grants through the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board provide Kentucky agriculture producers a pathway to diversification,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and board chair Dr. Ryan Quarles. “The awarded projects represent a wide variety of agriculture practices helping the state and its farmers reach different opportunities for the advancement of all.”
State and County Funded Projects
- Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom, Inc. was approved $151,250 in state funds for educational materials and program services over a two-year period. For more information, contact Jennifer Elwell at email@example.com.
- Kentucky Beef Network, LLC was approved $2,057,237 in state funds to provide production and marketing programs for cattle producers that will focus on profitability and farm business management. For more information, contact Becky Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Kentucky Dairy Development Council, Inc. was approved $1,891,560 in state funds to continue educating, representing, and promoting Kentucky’s dairy producers and industry. For more information, contact H.H. Barlow III at email@example.com.
- Lincoln County Board of Education was approved $13,112 in Lincoln County funds to expand the greenhouse at Lincoln County High School. For more information, contact Harvey Franklin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- J.R. Farms was approved $10,000 in state funds as a Small-Scale Grant to invest in water harvesting equipment for beef cattle. For more information, contact Joshua Rose at email@example.com.
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.
Two CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $391,280:
- Boone ($124,415)
- Todd ($266,865)
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 $25,000:
- Garrard ($2,500)
- Hardin ($12,500)
- Madison ($10,000)
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 $44,288:
- Madison ($18,638 and $25,650)
All application periods and deadlines for CAIP will be advertised locally.
— Kentucky Department of Agriculture