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Phase I of the Shelby County Community Agriculture Investment Program is under way.
Agricultural producers in the county may submit applications for grants between Sept. 26 and Oct. 7 through the Shelby County Extension Office.
Tammy Brookshier of the Shelby County Cattlemen and the extension office is coordinator for the program, and she says applications are available now at the extension office, which is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at 1117 Frankfort Road in Shelbyville.
CAIP is designed to provide farmers incentive to diversify and improve their production. It combines what were previously known as county model cost-share programs into one, where each model program becomes an investment area.
CAIP covers 11 such 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.
“The diversification of agriculture in Shelby County is greatly aided by the commitment of these Ag. Development Funds,” state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) said in the announcement about recent grants, which are distributed as part of the state program. “I am pleased with the commitment of Shelby County Cattlemen to our farm families in administering this on-farm investment program.”
For more information, contact Brookshier at 633-4593 or firstname.lastname@example.org.