FRANKFORT, Ky. (3/18/13) – Today the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board (KADB), chaired by Governor Steve Beshear, approved $505,344 for 22 county agricultural diversification projects across the Commonwealth during its February board meeting at the Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office.
State investments approved included:
The On-Farm Energy Efficiency & Production Program provides incentives for Kentucky farm families to increase energy efficiency and renewable fuel production. Successful applicants may receive up to 25 percent reimbursement of the actual cost of a qualified energy saving or production project, up to $10,000 in state funds. Thirteen applicants for the On-Farm Energy Program were approved for a total of $105,508 in Butler, Fulton (2), Graves (3), Henderson, Hickman (2), Logan, McLean, Monroe and Muhlenberg counties.
County investments approved included:
Agricultural Marketing Facility Enhancement
The City of Morgantown was approved for $6,750 in Butler County funds for the enhancement of the Ag. Expo Center in Butler County. This project is part of the second phase of development for the center and is expected to impact approximately 110 farm families. For more information about this project, contact Linda Keown with the City of Morgantown at 270-526-3557 or 270-999-6481.
Country Ham Project
High School Greenhouse
Livestock Handling System Expansion
The Butler County Stockman's Association Inc. was approved for $2,000 in Butler County funds to purchase livestock handling equipment that will increase the efficiency of their current livestock handling system used at the Ag. Expo Center in Butler County. For more information about this project, contact Mike Hunt at 270-999-4093.
Multi-Purpose Agricultural Facility Improvements
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. Three CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $241,367 for Breathitt, Estill and Kenton counties.
In addition to these new approvals, an additional $45,000 was approved to supplement an existing CAIP in Lawrence County.
Information provided by the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy
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