Farm markets

From farmers’ markets to meat processors, the agency secures $2.2 million in investments

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Agricultural Development Council approved $2,245,146 in various local and regional agricultural and rural development projects across the Commonwealth at its monthly council meeting.

Investments include:

Initiatives of the Kentucky Grape & Wine Council: The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has received up to $259,000 in public funds over two years to continue supporting the Kentucky Grape and Wine Council. Funding will be used for vineyard expansion, branding, advertising, wholesaler reimbursement and a label cost-sharing grant. As of 2020, there are 70 wineries and over 125 grape growers in Kentucky.

Curriculum and Agricultural Education Curriculum Development: Kentucky Agriculture and Environment in the Classroom Inc. received up to $120,000 in government funding for educational materials and program services. The project will continue to provide agriculture-based educational programs and resources to teachers, schools, and volunteer agricultural educators to develop agricultural knowledge, develop future consumers, and encourage students to consider agriculture-based professions. farming.

On-farm retail market: Triple J Farm, located in Scott County, has received up to $180,000 in funds from multiple counties and states to build a new farmers market. Triple J Farm plans to partner with at least 15 different growers and growers in the state.

Production facility: Nash Farms, located in Washington County, received up to $45,679 in funding from multiple counties and states to develop a production facility. The facility will be designated to receive, wash, package and store fresh produce to increase production and meet current consumer demands. The facility will help ensure food security within the community and community access to fresh quality produce. Surplus product from the facility will be donated to the local Community Action Center.

“I am pleased that Nash Farms is receiving this funding. This will help ensure food security and access to fresh produce for this community and others,” said Sen. Tom Buford (R-Nicholasville). “I want to thank the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy for recognizing the value of the investment. Above all, I want to thank the Nash family for their hard work. Nash Farms exemplifies what it means to be Kentucky Proud. I am excited to see what the new facility will produce for the Nash family and Washington County.

Meat Processing Investment Program – Level 2:

– Loretto Butcher Shop, located in Marion County, received up to $37,500 in government funds to purchase and install custom processing equipment and building upgrades. The facility estimates an increase in the number of animals processed up to six beef equivalents/week and 10 pigs/week.

“I would like to thank the board of directors for their support of this important project to install custom-made meat processing equipment at Loretto Butchery,” said Sen. Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon). “It is important that we support small businesses, but also support food security by allowing them to increase the amount of weekly processing. The future of food processing includes growing local, processing local, and buying local. It’s a great way to invest tobacco settlement funds in a community traditionally dependent on tobacco. »

– Moonlight Meat Processing Inc., located in Whitley County, received up to $37,500 in government funds to purchase and install USDA processing equipment. The facility estimates an increase in the number of animals processed by up to 15 beef equivalents/week.

On-Farm Water Management Program – Small Scale Grant:

— Andrew Ellison d/b/a Southern Sweet Berry Farm received up to $1,912 in public funds to install a water pipe and micro-irrigation system to use water from a pond for its blueberry farming. This is a small-scale grant project in Graves County.

– ASAPfish LLC received up to $10,000 in government funds to install a pump, piping and cistern to capture and distribute water from a source throughout the fish farm. This is a small-scale grant project in Woodford County.

County investments:

Fayette County

The Fayette County Conservation District has been approved for $225,000 in Fayette County funds to administer CAIP with a maximum limit of $4,000 for producers for the 2020 program year. For more information, contact Heather Silvanik at [email protected] or 859-233-0191 ext. 3.

Fleming County

The Fleming County Tax Court has been approved for $5,000 in Fleming County funds to administer the DAR for the 2020 program year with an $80 per animal producer fee. For more information, contact Kathryn Dryden at [email protected] or 606-845-1834.

Franklin County

The Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association Inc. has been approved for $131,134 in Franklin County funds to administer CAIP with a maximum producer limit of $5,000 for the 2020 program year. For more information, contact James Morse at [email protected] or 502-330-2014.

The Franklin County Conservation District received $8,750 in Franklin County funds to administer the DAR for the 2020 program year at no cost to the producer unless removing more than 20 head of cattle. Additionally, $5,750 in Franklin County funds has been granted to administer shared use for the 2020 program year. For more information, contact Crystal Harrod at [email protected]

Greenup County

The Greenup County Expansion District Council received up to $10,000 in funds from Greenup County to purchase mobile livestock pens. The paddocks will be used for the Greenup County Fair and other agricultural events. Two hundred families involved in the Greenup County Fair and Livestock Shows will benefit from this project.

Hancock County

The Hancock County Conservation District has been approved for $99,287 in Hancock County funds to administer the CAIP with a maximum producer limit of $2,000 for the 2020 program year. For more information, contact Gary Baker at [email protected] or 270-927-9616.

Jackson County

The Jackson County Cattlemen’s Association Inc. has been approved for $160,464 in Jackson County funds to administer CAIP with a maximum producer limit of $5,000 for the 2020 program year. For more information, contact Amanda Pennington at [email protected] or 859-779-1897.

LaRue County

Hinton’s Orchard & Farm Market LLC, located in LaRue County, received up to $10,000 in funds from multiple counties to expand its commercial kitchen. The kitchen expansion will include an additional food prep area and increase concession capacity during the fall season. Farm families in the surrounding county will benefit from this project.

Owen County

Owen County Farm Bureau Inc. has received up to $4,000 in funds from Owen County to improve accessibility to the Farmers Market. The additional expansion of the parking lot and driveway will allow for increased traffic in and out of the market. Currently, 22 farming families are selling produce at the farmer’s market.

Pendleton County

Pendleton County Agricultural Diversification Association Inc. has been approved for $184,408 in Pendleton County funds to administer CAIP with a $5,000 maximum grower limit for the 2020 program year. For more information, contact Kenneth Nash at [email protected] or 859-816-0340.

Scott County

The Scott County Soil Conservation District has received up to $250,000 in Scott County funds to administer the CAIP with a maximum limit of $5,000 for growers for the 2020 program year. Additionally, $30,000 in Scott County funds has been awarded to administer NextGen with a maximum producer limit of $3,000 for the 2020 program year. For more information, contact Darcy Smith at [email protected] or 502 -863-2466.

Wayne County

Wayne County Agriculture Development Council Inc. has been approved for $125,600 in Wayne County funds to administer CAIP with a maximum limit of $2,000 for growers for the 2020 program year. For more information, contact Glen Roberts at [email protected] or 606-348-8453.

Webster County

Green River Area Beef Improvement Group Inc. has been approved for $19,782 in Webster County funds and $6,755 in state funds to administer CAIP with a maximum producer limit of $3,000 for the 2020 program year Additionally, $2,625 in public funds has been awarded to administer youth with a maximum student limit of $1,000 for the 2020 program year. For more information, contact Stacy Marksberry at [email protected] net or 270-929-0194.

Woodford County

Woodford County Agriculture Advancement Council Inc. has been approved for $275,000 in Woodford County funds to administer the CAIP with a maximum grower limit of $4,000 for the 2020 program year. For more information, contact David Dennis at [email protected] or 502-472-4085.

The County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) provides farmers with incentives 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; feed; beef and dairy cattle; goats and sheep; horticulture; Poultry; pork; wood and technology, as well as energy efficiency and production; agricultural infrastructure and water improvement; marketing; and value-added production.

The Dead Farm Animal Removal (DAR) Program serves as a measure to facilitate coordinated environmentally sound and cost-effective disposal of dead livestock for Kentucky producers.

The Next Generation Farmer (NextGen) program responds to the growing need for a specialized program that would benefit producers between the ages of 18 and 40 who have been operating a farm for at least three years.

The Shared-Use Equipment Program helps large-scale community organizations purchase farm equipment. Purchased equipment is made available to producers in a specific county on a rental basis.

The Youth Agricultural Incentives Program (Youth) encourages young people to engage and explore agricultural opportunities.