County Agricultural Investment Program approved for Taylor County

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The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, recently approved $173,000 in Taylor County Agricultural Development Funds for a County Agricultural Investment Program. The Taylor County Cattlemen’s Association Inc. submitted a proposal to the Taylor County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board to provide cost-share incentives to area farmers.  
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.
“This program will help our farmers expand or diversify their farm operations,” stated Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon. “The communities within Taylor County will also benefit from this funding that has been awarded for on-farm agricultural investments.”
“The Kentucky Ag Development Fund is an important part of diversification across the Commonwealth,” stated Rep. John “Bam” Carney, of Campbellsville. “Taylor County is fortunate to have these funds available through this on-farm investment program.”
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.
Applications will be available at the Taylor County Extension Office, located at 1143 South Columbia Avenue in Campbellsville. Applications will be accepted beginning today until Nov. 14.
For more information about the sign-up period and the complete guidelines for this program in Taylor County, contact John Kessler with the cattlemen’s association at 465-7051, 789-9569 or john@kesslerauction.com.