Variety of farm projects, numerous counties receive funding from Agricultural Development Board

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ/Press Release) – The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $2,363,839 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.

State and County Funded Projects

  • Berea College, Grow Appalachia was approved for $260,575 in state and county funds over two years to expand the Eastern Kentucky Direct Integrated Grower Support (EKY-DIGS) program in eastern Kentucky. For more information on the project contact, Candance Mullins at
  • Creation Gardens, Inc. was approved for $373,259 in state funds, as a forgivable loan, for renovating and repurposing a facility in Bardstown, Kentucky, for e-commerce of their products. For more information on this project contact, John Thomas at
  • Stepping Stone Farm, LLC. was approved for county funds to be matched by state funds up to $300,000 to aid in building a store and storage facility on its farm for agriculture educational events and storage space. For more information on this project contact, Ally Barnett at

On-Farm Water Program

On-Farm Water Management Program provides state fund incentives for land-grant and regional universities, non-profits and Kentucky farm families to financially incentivize better water management practices across the commonwealth. Applicants may apply in one of three areas: Research, Development and Demonstration (RDD), Producer Implemented Project (PIP), or Small Scale Grant (SSG).

Two On-Farm Water grants were approved by the board totaling $48,365:

  • Jarrod Brent Cornett was approved for $10,000 in state funds as a SSG to aid in micro-irrigation and plasticulture improvements on his farm.
  • Bluegrass Roots Farm Foundation, Inc. was approved for $38,365 in state funds as a forgivable loan, to aid in constructing a storm water retention basin. This RDD project is in conjunction with the University of Kentucky. For more information on the project contact, Sam Lee at

County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP)

CAIP provides Kentucky agricultural producers with cost-share assistance on practices to allow them to improve and diversify their current farm operations. 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.

Eight CAIPs were approved by the board totaling $1,204,415:

  • Bourbon ($325,000)
  • Boyle ($152,000)
  • Hancock ($118,697)
  • Mason ($234,000)
  • Menifee ($101,118)
  • Nicholas ($12,600)*
  • Oldham ($11,000)*
  • Scott ($250,000)

Deceased Farm Animal Removal (DAR)

DAR serves as a measure to facilitate the coordination of environmentally sound and cost-effective disposal of deceased livestock for Kentucky producers.

Two Deceased Farm Animal Removal programs were approved by the board totaling $22,500:

  • Boyle ($15,000)
  • Shelby ($7,500)

Next Generation Farmer Program (NextGen)

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 $25,000:

  • Scott ($25,000)

Shared-Use Equipment Program

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.

Two Shared-Use Equipment projects were funded totaling $46,725:

  • Hopkins ($25,162 and $21,563)

Youth Agricultural Incentives Program (YAIP)

YAIP encourages youth to engage in and explore agricultural opportunities.

Four YAIP programs were approved by the board totaling $83,000:

  • Bracken ($32,000)
  • LaRue ($30,000)
  • Mason ($20,000)
  • Oldham ($1,000)*

All application periods and deadlines for CAIP, NextGen and Youth and leasing information for Shared-Use programs will be advertised locally.

*Existing programs receiving additional funding.

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