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KADB approves more than $4.9M for projects across Kentucky
Among the announcements are $172,675 in CAIP funds for Adair County and $30,000 for youth programs in Adair County.
By Kara Keeton
Frankfort, KY - The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $4,939,773 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.
"Today's announcement shows how diverse the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board's mission truly is," said Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Ryan Quarles. "These investments in capital projects for a farmers' market, greenhouses for our schools, meat processing facilities to reduce the backlog of cattle processing across our state, and others are positioning Kentucky farm families well as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic."
State and County Funded Projects
Western Kentucky University (WKU) Research Foundation was approved for $227,896 in state funds to establish a SmartHolstein Lab. The WKU Smart Holstein lab will be a strategic partnership between WKU and the Holstein Association, USA. The funds will be used to create a research, development and demonstration center for the dairy industry. For more information, contact Ranjit Koodali at (270) 745-4652 or email@example.com.
KADF Meat Processing Investment Program (MPIP)
The MPIP provides funding for meat processors who are currently or plan to become USDA certified to financially incentivize economical expansion of businesses to process Kentucky beef, dairy, pork, lamb, goat and poultry products.
Four Level 2 Simplified Processor Capacity Expansion projects and five Level 4 New Processing Facility Expansion projects were approved this month:
CAIP provides farmers with incentives to allow them to improve and diversify their current production practices. 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.
Twenty-four CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $2,864,160:
DAR serves as a measure to facilitate the coordination of environmentally sound and cost-effective disposal of deceased livestock for Kentucky producers.
Five DARs were approved by the board totaling $48,000:
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.
One NextGen Program was approved by the board totaling $45,000:
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.
Three Shared-Use programs were approved by the board totaling $48,425:
The Youth program encourages youth to engage in and explore agricultural opportunities.
Six Youth programs were approved by the board totaling $83,500:
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