Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approves more than $2.9 million for projects across the commonwealth
Funded projects focus on agricultural diversification, rural development
FRANKFORT (July 15, 2022) - The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $2,930,889 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.
"Finding projects across the commonwealth that will diversify our agricultural output, while simultaneously enhancing our producers' way of life is one of the best ways to ensure Kentucky's agricultural future is maintained," Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles said. "Projects funded today helps accomplish these goals. It's an ongoing challenge, but one this board is ready to face with Kentucky's farmers."
State and County Funded Projects
- Elliott County Board of Education was approved $15,000 in Elliott County funds for constructing a new greenhouse. For more information, contact MaKayla Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Lincoln County Fire Protection District was approved $2,150 in Lincoln County funds to purchase grain bin rescue equipment. For more information, contact Krista Rankin at email@example.com.
- University of Kentucky Research Foundation was approved $352,145 in State funds over a two-year period to support the state's Viticulture and Enology Extension Program. For more information, contact Patsy Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.Sixteen CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $2,385,956:
- Anderson ($114,889)
- Barren ($350,000)
- Cumberland ($164,172)
- Crittenden ($42,908)
- Edmonson ($100,000)
- Elliott ($183,563)
- Hancock ($130,160)
- Hart ($325,000)
- Marion ($60,000)*
- McLean ($40,000)
- Metcalfe ($300,124)
- Nelson ($134,172)
- Taylor ($95,423)*
- Trigg ($85,000)
- Warren ($222,882)
- Webster ($37,663)
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.
Two DAR programs were approved by the board totaling $30,000:
- Nelson ($15,000)
- Taylor ($15,000)
Next Generation Farmer Program (NextGen)
NextGen addresses the growing need for a specialized program that would benefit producers ages 18 to 40 that have been engaged in an agricultural operation for a minimum of three years.
Two NextGen programs were approved by the board totaling $55,000:
- Anderson ($30,000)
- Nelson ($25,000)
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 $27,188:
- Barren ($24,263)
- Marion ($2,925)
Youth Agricultural Incentives Program (YAIP)
YAIP encourages youth to engage in and explore agricultural opportunities.
Six YAIP programs were approved by the board totaling $63,450:
- Barren ($10,000)
- McLean ($3,000)
- Spencer ($5,100)
- Taylor ($15,350)
- Warren ($25,000)
- Webster ($5,000)
All application periods and deadlines for CAIP, NextGen, and YAIP will be advertised locally.
*Existing programs receiving additional funding.