KCARD Connection 
January 2017

KCARD 2016 in Review

In 2016: 
  • KCARD assisted clients in over 90 counties in Kentucky.

  • Helped Kentucky producers and rural businesses bring in over $3.3 million in federal grant funds.

  • Assisted 358 different producers and businesses in 2016, an increase of 76% from 2015.
KCARD has been assisting Kentucky agricultural producers and agribusinesses for 15 years, but a lot has changed since we first formed in 2001...

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KCARD Announces 2017 Grant Workshops

The Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program (AGFP) of the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) will be hosting a series of grant workshops to assist agricultural producers and rural businesses identify grant opportunities and develop a strategy for seeking out those funds.

"The grant process can be overwhelming; that’s why KCARD is here to help. Learning what funding sources are available is the first step in the grant process," explained Aaron Shapiro, AGFP Grant Facilitator. "The workshops are a great opportunity for farmers to ask questions, learn about how different programs work, and begin working on their own grant plans."

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KCARD Highlights

In December KCARD staff provided clients the following services:   
  • Provided business planning support to a berry farm, a commercial kitchen project, and an aquaponics operation; 

  • Assisted several farmers markets with business planning and incorporation; and,

  • Assisted multiple agribusinesses and organizations with setting up recordkeeping and filing records for federal grant programs.

Upcoming Events

January 17: Letcher Co. Evening Grant Workshop, Whitesburg, KY

January 18: Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Board Meeting, Elizabethtown, KY

January 19: Kentucky Commodity Conference, Bowling Green, KY

January 19-20: Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association Convention, Lexington, KY

February 1: Scott Co. Grant Workshop, Georgetown, KY

February 9: Pulaski Co. Grant Workshop, Somerset, KY