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Investment opportunities available for Taylor County farmers

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Kentucky Agricultural Development funds awarded

The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, recently awarded $80,000 in Taylor County Agricultural Development Funds for a county agricultural investment program.

Taylor County Cattlemen's Association submitted a proposal to the Taylor County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board to provide cost-share incentives to area farmers.

"I am committed to giving our farmers the tools and resources they need to remain competitive and continue Kentucky's strong farming tradition," Beshear said. "County Agricultural Investment Programs funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board provide important on-farm investment opportunities."

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," said State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon. "The communities within Taylor County will also benefit from this funding that has been appropriated for on-farm agricultural investments."

"The Kentucky Ag. Development Fund is an important part of diversification across the Commonwealth," said House Minority Whip and State Rep. John "Bam" Carney, R-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 10 investment areas, including commercial production of aquaculture, bees and honey, equine, forage, beef and dairy cattle, goats and sheep, horticulture, poultry, swine and timber, as well as energy efficiency and production, farm infrastructure and water enhancement, marketing and value-added production.

For more information about the sign-up period and the complete guidelines for the program in Taylor County, contact Pat Hardesty at 465-4511 or 469-0429.