For Immediate Release

Madison Pergrem


Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approves

more than $2.1 million for projects across the commonwealth

Funded projects focus on agricultural diversification, rural development

FRANKFORT (Jan. 26, 2024) – The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board approved $2,130,880 for agricultural diversification and rural development projects across the commonwealth at its monthly board meeting.

“The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board's attention to a diverse set of projects and programs sets a high standard for Kentucky's agricultural future,” said Commissioner of Agriculture and board chair Jonathan Shell. “With the board's focus and the innovative plans from some of Kentucky's top producers, it's evident Kentucky agriculture is headed in the right direction.”

County and State Funded Projects

  • Chaney's Dairy Barn was approved for a $250,000 participation loan, in addition to a cost-reimbursement grant in matching multi-county funds with state funds, not to exceed $50,000 in state funds. This project will support the construction of its existing facility. For more information, contact Carl Chaney at

  • The Farmstand was approved up to $7,554 in Carroll County funds to construct a storefront for local homegrown products. For more information, contact MaKayla Dates at

  • University of Kentucky, KY Agricultural Leadership Program was approved up to $500,000 in state funds to develop alumni programming and enhance the leadership development for past and future participants. For more information, contact Dr. Will Snell at  

State Program

Food Safety and Efficiency Incentives Program

Food Safety and Efficiency Incentives Program provides funding for Kentucky farm families, businesses, and processors to increase their efficiency and food safety protocol through sound consultation services.

Three Food Safety and Efficiency Incentives Programs were approved by the board totaling $11,250:

  • Hardin ($3,750)
  • Jefferson ($3,750)
  • Metcalfe ($3,750)

County Programs

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, beef and dairy cattle; farm infrastructure, fencing, and water enhancement; equine; forage; goats and sheep; horticulture; poultry; swine; bees and honey; timber and technology, as well as energy efficiency and production; marketing; and value-added production.


Seven CAIPs were approved by the board in the following counties totaling $1,298,035:

  • Bracken ($332,500)
  • Breckinridge ($300,000)
  • Cumberland ($25,208)*
  • Daviess ($82,330)*
  • Garrard ($265,000)
  • Fayette ($215,000)
  • Simpson ($77,997)

Deceased Farm Animal Removal (DAR)

The Deceased Farm Animal Removal Program serves as a measure to facilitate the coordination of environmentally-sound and cost-effective disposal of deceased livestock for Kentucky producers. 

A DAR Program was approved in Garrard County totaling $2,500.

Shared-Use Equipment Program

The 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 Program were approved by the board totaling $25,541:

  • Daviess ($13,053)
  • Jackson ($12,488)

Youth Agricultural Incentives Program (YAIP)

YAIP encourages youth to engage in and explore agricultural opportunities. 

Three YAIPs were approved by the board totaling $36,000:

  • Bracken ($20,000)
  • Carroll ($15,000)
  • Kenton ($1,000)

All application periods and deadlines for CAIP and YAIP will be advertised locally. 

*Existing programs receiving additional funding.



The Kentucky Office of Agricultural Policy (KOAP), a division within the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, provides staff support to the Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation (KAFC) and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund (KADF). The KADF is administered by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board. KOAP ensures Kentucky is being good stewards of dollars from the 1998 Tobacco Settlement Agreement by overseeing the boards’ investments into diversifying and supporting Kentucky agriculture.
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