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At its August business meeting, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $145,000 in agricultural development funds to establish a County Agricultural Investment Program here.
The directors of the Carroll County Agriculture Development Fund Inc. submitted a proposal to the county’s Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board to provide cost-share incentives to area farmers.
“I am committed to giving our farmers the tools and resources they need to remain competitive and continue Kentucky’s strong farming tradition,” Gov. Beshear said. “County agricultural Investment Programs funded by the KADB provide important on-farm investment opportunities.”
The program is designed to provide farmers monetary incentives to allow them to improve and diversify their current production practices.
CAIP combines what were previously known as county model cost-share programs into one, where each model program becomes an investment area.
“The Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund has benefited Carroll County by helping our farm families explore different products and/or expand their operations,” Sen. Katie Kratz Stine of Southgate said. “I am thankful that this on-farm investment opportunity is available for our farmers.”
“The agricultural development funds are an important part of diversification across the commonwealth,” said state Rep. Rick Rand of Bedford. “Carroll County is fortunate to have these funds available through this on-farm investment program.”
CAIP covers a wide variety of agricultural enterprises under its 11 investment areas, including commercial production of aquaculture, bees and honey, equine, forage; fruit, livestock, mushrooms, ornamental horticulture, poultry, rabbits, timber and vegetables, along with agritourism business development, commercial-kitchen construction or conversion, energy efficiency/production, and on-farm water enhancement.
CCADF will begin taking applications at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Carroll County Cooperative Extension Office, 500 Floyd Drive, Carrollton.
Applications will be available through 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, which is the deadline for submission.
For more information about the sign-up period and a copy of the complete guidelines for this program in Carroll County, contact Julie Lewis with the CCADF at (502) 347-5494, (502) 525-0769 or write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.