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Investments Made in Agricultural Diversification Projects

Friday, 05 17, 2013

Sandra Gardner
(502) 564-4627
(502) 330-2105
sandra.gardner@ky.gov

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (May 17, 2013) - Today the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board (KADB), chaired by Governor Steve Beshear, approved $2,793,931 for 25 agricultural diversification projects across the Commonwealth during its May board meeting at the Scott County Cooperative Extension Office.

County investments approved included:

Ag Facility Enhancements
The Daviess County Lions Club Fair Inc. was approved for $28,976 in Daviess County funds for improvements to its new county agricultural multi-purpose facility.  The facility will be used for field days, livestock shows and sales, agriculture education programs and demonstrations.  Facility improvements will include electrical installation, plumbing and livestock pens.  For more information, contact Mike Peacock, chairman, at 270-929-6659 or mpeak82384@gmail.com

Heifer Chain Program
The Green County Cattlemen's Association was approved for $20,000 in Green County funds to implement a youth heifer chain program to increase youth involvement in the livestock industry.  This program is available to qualified 4-H or FFA youth ages 9 to 15 who will assume all responsibility for the care, feeding and showing of a beef or dairy heifer.  Once the heifers are of age they will be bred, and all reproductively sound heifer calves will be donated back to the program to award to a new student.  For more information, contact Tyrone Gentry, County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development, at 270-932-5311 or tgentry@uky.edu.

Hillside Reclamation Project
The Buffalo Trace Area Development District (BTADD) was approved for $20,000 in Bracken County funds to implement a program to reclaim unusable acres in an environmentally safe way.  The project will help reclaim overgrown hillsides to increase livestock carrying capacity of the land and increase the value of timberland by repairing land slips and washouts, stabilizing areas that may be safety hazards and clearing unwanted weed and tree species.  Participating farmers may receive up to $1,000 per acre up to $5,000 per year with a maximum of $15,000 for the life of the program.  For more information, contact Lindsay Phillips, ag specialist with BTADD, at 606-564-6894, 606-782-2452 or lphillips@btadd.com.

School Greenhouse Renovation
Daviess County High School was approved for $4,500 in Daviess County Funds to renovate its greenhouse in order to provide the best opportunities in horticulture education to its agriculture students.  Renovations include a new concrete floor, benches for plants, control module and plumbing.  These improvements will provide additional square footage for plants, improved atmospheric control and a more efficient watering system.  For more information, contact Chad Askins, agriculture teacher, at 270-852-7300, 270-313-8464 or chad.askins@daviess.kyschools.us.

Youth Cost-Share Program
The Green River Area Beef Improvement Group Inc. was approved for $20,000 in Daviess County funds to provide a youth cost-share program to assist students in developing successful agricultural production enterprises.  Over the last five years, this program has exposed students to farm record keeping, low-interest funding opportunities and basic accounting.  Eligible cost-share expenses include equipment, structures and supplies necessary to carry out an agricultural enterprise in crop, forage, vegetable, livestock or greenhouse production.  For more information about the project, contact Fred Marksberry, Jr., president of GRABIG, at 270-275-9038 or 270-929-4422.

On-Farm Investments
The County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) is designed to provide farmers with incentives to allow them to improve and diversify their current production practices.  CAIP covers a wide variety of on-farm agricultural enterprises in its 10 investment areas, including production, marketing and value-added processing.  Fifteen CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $2,128,257 for Cumberland, Daviess, Grayson, Green, Hancock, Harlan, Jessamine, Marion, Meade, Mercer, Morgan, Oldham, Trimble, Washington and Webster counties.

In addition to these new approvals, an additional $562,688was approved to supplement existing CAIPs in Henry, Muhlenberg, Rockcastle and Russell counties.

Shared-Use Equipment
The Shared-use Equipment Program is designed to benefit a high number of producers who cannot justify ownership expenses associated with certain equipment by helping them access technology necessary to improve their operations in an economical manner.  Shared-use Equipment was approved by the board in the amount of $9,510 for Bracken County.

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Gov. Steve Beshear and the Kentucky General Assembly continue to make great strides toward lessening Kentucky's dependence on tobacco production while revitalizing the farm economy by investing 50 percent of Kentucky's Master Settlement Agreement into the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. 

To date, Kentucky has invested more than $400 million in an array of county, regional and state projects designed to increase net farm income and create sustainable new farm-based business enterprises. These funding approvals, made possible by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund, represent just a few of the more than 4,500 projects approved, since the inception of the program in January 2001.