Agriculture News: Applications for KADF CAIP will be available on Monday

By Keenan Bishop Published:

The Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association has been sponsoring the KADF CAIP cost share for the past several years. The association has again received approval to offer it this year.

Hopefully you’ve noticed the ads in the paper and the notice in your newsletter. They are required to advertise for two weeks before applications are made available to the public. These applications for 2012 CAIP will be available Monday, Oct. 29 starting at 8 a.m. at the Extension Office, 101 Lakeview Ct.

For details you can visit http://agpolicy.ky.gov/funds/caip.shtml. Applications are also available on-line at http://ces.ca.uky.edu/franklin/AgNaturalResources.  The deadline to return completed applications is noon, Friday, Nov. 9. 

The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, awarded $126,732 in Franklin County Agricultural Development Funds for a County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) to the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association Inc. 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,” said Beshear. “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.

“It is exciting to have the Kentucky Agriculture Development Fund available for increasing net farm income and improving the local economy,” said Sen. Julian Carroll, of Frankfort.  “These funds will directly aid our farm families, but indirectly, this money will be a benefit to our whole community.”

“I am encouraged by the support of the Franklin County Ag. Development Council’s and Cattlemen’s Association’s to our farm families,” said Rep. Derrick Graham, of Frankfort.  “These funds will provide important on-farm investment opportunities for our farmers here in Franklin County.”

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.

FALL METAL RECYCLE

The Franklin County Conservation District is once again offering its Fall Scrap Metal and Appliance Recycling Drive, Nov. 7-10. Old fencing, sheet metal, farm equipment, etc., can be disposed of by hauling it to Lakeview Park during daylight hours. The Conservation District has arranged for a licensed Freon removal service, so old metal appliances can be accepted at this location.

Tires, batteries and paint cannot be accepted, however. For more details, contact the District directly at 695-5203, ext. 3. Conservation District members will be on site daily.

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