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Agriculture producers in Shelby County can apply for the annual CAIP program from the Kentucky Agriculture Development Fund, starting Wednesday and continuing for two weeks until Oct. 17.
Shelby County has been awarded more than $300,000 through the fund to provide farmers with incentives to allow them to improve and diversity their production practices.
Judy White, CAIP administrator for the Shelby County Extension Office, said there are 11 investment areas in which producers may apply for grants: agricultural diversification; cattle genetics; cattle handling; commercial poultry, dairy, & swine; farm fencing; farm structure & commodity handling; farmland improvement & utilization; goat & sheep diversification; on-farm energy; on-farm water enhancement; and technology & leadership development.
“Farmers may select no more than three investment areas to receive a total of up to five thousand dollars in cost-share,” White said in a release about the program.
CAIP in Shelby County is being administered by the Shelby County Agricultural Development Foundation, Inc.
Applicants will be scored by their answers to questions on the application from the KADC. No other criteria will be used. Applications will be ranked according to their score, and either be funded, placed on a waiting list or denied.
If approved, reimbursement for eligible cost-share expenses will be retroactive to March 7, 2012.
If you want to participate, you must pick up an application at the Shelby County Extension Office, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Oct. 17. This is not a first-come, first-served process. Applications must be returned by Oct. 17.
If you have questions, you can call 502-633-4593 or visit http://ces.ca.uky.edu/shelbyand follow the link to the CAIP page. You also can speak directly to White at 502-321-8757 or on Thursday at 502-633-4593.