In Feb. 5 Issue
Late last week the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, announced they have approved $90,980 in Russell County Agricultural Development Funds for a County Agricultural Investment Program.
The County Agriculture Investment Program Council Inc. submitted a proposal to the Russell County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board to provide cost-share incentives to area farmers.
"I am committed to creating opportunities that will make Kentucky's agricultural community stronger," Beshear said. "County Agricultural Investment Programs funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board play an integral role in achieving this goal."
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.
"Kentucky is the leading state in the investment of tobacco settlement funds into the diversification of agriculture," said Sen. Vernie McGaha of Russell Springs. "I am pleased that Russell County farm families have the opportunity to diversify and modernize their farming operations through this program."
"Agricultural Development Funds are an important part of diversification in Russell County," added Rep. Jeff Hoover, of Jamestown. "These funds will go a long way in helping our farm families diversify or modernize their farm operations."
County Judge Executive Gary Robertson was pleased to find out about the funding award to Russell County.
"These cost hare funds are very important and will help a tremendous number of farmers in Russell County," said Robertson. "Whether with watering tanks or handling equipment for livestock or any number of other needed projects for small farmers, it will help a lot of people."
CAIP covers a wide variety of agricultural enterprises in its 11 investment areas, including commercial production of aquaculture; bees and honey; equine; forage; fruit; livestock; mushrooms; ornamental horticulture; poultry; rabbits; timber; and vegetables, as well as agritourism business development; commercial kitchen construction or conversion; energy efficiency/production; and on-farm water enhancement.
For more information about the sign-up period and the complete guidelines for this program in Russell County, contact Billy Gosser with the council at 270-866-6718.