FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 3, 2013) - The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, recently awarded $175,000 in Grayson County Agricultural Development Funds for a County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP). The Grayson County Cattlemen's Association submitted a proposal to the Grayson County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board to provide cost-share incentives to area farmers.
“To remain viable, our farmers must continue adapting to an evolving world and the technological advances it is producing,” said Gov. Beshear. “The KADF County Agricultural Investment Program provides incentives for farmers to try new techniques and technologies to keep their operations competitive and continue Kentucky’s strong farming tradition.”
CAIP is designed to provide farmers with 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 continues to play an important role in diversification across the Commonwealth,” said Sen. Carroll Gibson, of Leitchfield. “This program will help our farm families diversify or expand their farm operations.”
“These funds are a great benefit to Grayson County farm families, as well our local economy,” said Rep. C.B. Embry, Jr. of Morgantown. “The commitment of the cattlemen's association in administering this on-farm investment program is greatly appreciated.”
CAIP covers a wide variety of agricultural enterprises in its 10 investment areas, including commercial production of aquaculture; bees and honey; equine; forage; beef and dairy cattle; goats and sheep; horticulture; poultry; swine; and timber, as well as energy efficiency and production; farm infrastructure and water enhancement; marketing; and value-added production.
Producers may pick up applications packets beginning Monday, July 8 at the Grayson County Extension Office, 123 Commerce Drive, Leitchfield, Ky. 42754. Completed applications are due back to the extension office by close of business on Friday, July 19.
For more information about the sign-up period and the complete guidelines for this program in Grayson County, contact Jack Ewing with the extension service at 270-259-3492.