FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 12, 2014) - The Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP) and USDA Rural Development will be co-hosting six Regional Farm Energy Meetings across the Commonwealth in May to share grant and loan opportunities available to farmers in the areas of on-farm energy efficiency and renewable energy production. 


“I am excited about our partnership with Rural Development in hosting these meetings for our farmers,” said Roger Thomas, executive director of the GOAP. “These meetings will provide farmers the opportunity to get their questions answered about state and federal on-farm energy funding.”


The meetings will be held on the following dates and locations (all times local):


Thursday, May 15, Pikeville Chamber of Commerce (1 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 21, Kentucky Highlands Innovation Center, London (6 p.m.)

Tuesday, May 27, Graves County Extension Office, Mayfield (6:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, May 28, Nolin RECC, Elizabethtown (6 p.m.)

Thursday, May 29, Bracken County Extension Office, Brooksville (6 p.m.)


“USDA’s energy programs provide funding for agricultural producers and small, rural business owners to assist them in saving energy, promoting renewable energy creation and making their operations more efficient and profitable,” said Tom Fern, Kentucky state director for USDA Rural Development. 


These meetings are designed to be interactive learning sessions that will help farmers choose the program(s) most appropriate to meet their needs. Scott Maas, business-cooperative specialist with USDA Rural Development, will discuss the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP).  Bill McCloskey, director of financial services for the GOAP, will discuss the On-Farm Energy Incentives Program and low interest financing opportunities.


The Regional Farm Energy Meetings come after Gov. Beshear, Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, community leaders and local residents announced their action plan for eastern Kentucky’s Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) Initiative. Among the initiative’s main goals is to address emerging agricultural opportunities, as well as energy efficiency.


For more information, contact Angie Justice with GOAP at 502-564-4627 or angela.justice@ky.gov.    



Governor Steve Beshear and the Kentucky Legislature continue to make great strides toward lessening Kentucky’s dependence on tobacco production while revitalizing the farm economy by investing a portion of Kentucky's Master Settlement Agreement into the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.



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