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On-farm investments available to farmers

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The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, recently awarded $40,000 in Harrison County Agricultural Development Funds for a County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP).
The Harrison County Beef Cattle Association submitted a proposal to the Harrison 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.
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.
For more information about the sign-up period and the complete guidelines for this program in Harrison County, contact Mike Malone with the cattle association at 859-234-5510 or email gcarter@uky.edu.