FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is awarding more than $70,000 for farmer-appreciation projects across the state, Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced.
“Farmers have a tough job – a job that often goes unappreciated,” Commissioner Quarles said. “The goal of these grants is to fund projects that will raise awareness in our communities about the work farmers do each and every day, giving farmers the appreciation they need to know what they do matters.”
The grants are funded by part of a $500,000 grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to KDA this year. The overall scope of the $500,000 grant will allow KDA to expand on the “Raising Hope – Supporting Healthy Lives on Kentucky Farms” campaign. The endeavor, which partners KDA with state universities and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, focuses strategies on the mental and physical health of agricultural producers by increasing awareness of the issue, normalizing the discussion of the topic, reducing the stigma of seeking help, and showing farmer appreciation.
A total of $75,000 of the overall funds was available for small grants, up to $5,000 each, to be awarded to create and conduct local farmer-appreciation projects. The awarded projects will support community-based farmer appreciation programs that will promote the many contributions of farmers and their families and to appreciate the various challenges farmers face working in agriculture.
A total of 44 applications were received and 16 projects were awarded. The proposed projects were reviewed by a committee.
The grants were awarded to:
- Bourbon County Farm Bureau
- Bracken County Farm Bureau
- Burgin Independent FFA
- Casey County Farm Bureau and FFA
- Great Crossing High School FFA
- Kentucky Aquaculture Association
- LaRue County Beef Cattle Inc.
- Madisonville North Hopkins FFA
- Magoffin County Extension
- Mercer County Farm Bureau
- Monroe County District Cooperative Extension
- Morgan County Cooperative Extension
- Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture
- Patricia Ritter and Charlotte Cash
- Wayne County Conversation District
- Whitley County Cooperative Extension
— Kentucky Department of Agriculture