Ag development board oversees tobacco settlement funding

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In 2000, the General Assembly created the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board. This board was given the task of distributing fifty percent of the state’s monies received from the Master Tobacco Settle-ment Agree-ment.

The purpose? To assist agricultural development in the Commonwealth.

Furthermore, the board invests these funds in innovative proposals that increase net farm income and effect tobacco farmers, tobacco-impacted communities and agriculture across the state by stimulating markets for Kentucky agricultural products, finding new ways to add value to these products, and exploring new opportunities for Kentucky farms.

The Carroll County Agricultural Development Council is the local county council that evaluates the needs of our agricultural economy, devises plans that identify programs best suited to support the county’s agriculture, and assists local applicants in preparing proposals to spend county funds.

Therefore, the council is an arm of the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board of the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy. The Carroll County Cooperative Extension Service provides administrative support to the council.

In this past program year, agricultural producers in Carroll County have been involved directly through the dispersal of these funds through the County Agricultural Investment Program.

The Council consists of local farmers and residents of the county, and a person from any and all agricultural backgrounds is welcome to attend the monthly meetings. If you are a farmer under the age of 40, you are highly encouraged to become involved. The decisions made by the council each year will help shape the look of Carroll County’s agriculture in the future, and as young farmers, it would be beneficial to participate in the decision-making process.

If you are interested in learning more about what the council does, and in turn, having input in overall funding decisions, then the Carroll County Agricultural Development Council wants you.

All agricultural producers are invited to attend the next council meeting on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Carroll County Extension Office.  For more information, contact the Extension Office at (502) 738-7030.

Happy holidays

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” As 2011 comes to a close, let us reflect on days past, enjoy this wonderful time of year, and look forward to the bright future ahead.

From our Extension family to yours, we wish you happy holidays

Dates of interest

Jan. 4: Agricultural Development Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office.

Jan. 9: Beef Quality Assurance Certification, 6:30 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office. Cost is $5. Register with the Extension Office by Jan. 6.

Jan. 9: District 3 4-H Horse Management Meeting, 7 p.m., Carroll County Courthouse.

Jan. 31 and Feb. 1: The Vegetable Academy: A Short Course to Advance Vegetable Production in Kentucky, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (both days), Henry County Extension Office. Fee is $30.  RSVP to the Carroll County Extension Office by Jan. 27.

Christin Herbst is the Carroll County Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources. Call her at (502) 732-7030 or send e-mail to Christin.Herbst@uky.edu.