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Grant funding available for farm energy efficiency items

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By Special to The Banner

The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Governor Steve Beshear, reminds producers of the availability of $2 million in Kentucky Agricultural Development Funds for on-farm energy efficiency or production projects. Application  and guidelines for the KADB’s new On-farm Energy Efficiency & Production Incentives Program are available online at ag-energy.ky.gov.

The program will provide 25 percent reimbursement of the actual cost of a qualified energy saving item, up to $10,000. Permissible items include, but are not limited to, energy audits, energy efficient farm building components, on-farm energy upgrades and on-farm energy efficiency training. Only expenditures made after March 11, 2011 will be eligible for reimbursement.

All applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis and scored by a committee comprised of representatives from GOAP, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and USDA Rural Development. The first quarterly deadline is April 30, 2012.

For questions about the program, please contact Bill McCloskey or Angie Justice at 502-564-4627 or govkyagpolicy@ky.gov.

Certified Roadside Farm Market Program Celebrates 107 Members

Kentucky Farm Bureau Certified Roadside Farm Market Program is celebrating the beginning of another successful year with 107 members. Certified Roadside Farm Markets are located across the Commonwealth, from Kuttawa to Greenup.

In July 1996 the KFB Certified Roadside Farm Market Program was organized to help farmers market their fruits and vegetables directly from roadside markets to consumers across Kentucky. Since then, it has expanded to include farm enterprises such as greenhouses, landscape nurseries, Christmas tree farms, vineyards/wineries and meat/cheese farm markets.

Markets certified through this program are identified by the cornucopia logo and are listed in the Certified Roadside Farm Market Directory.

The program provides collective advertising, promotional items, educational tour opportunities, and other marketing benefits with the intent to increase the net farm income of Certified Roadside Farm Market members.

The 2012 Certified Roadside Farm Market Directory is free and available by calling (502) 495-5106 or by e-mailing roadside@kyfb.com. Consumers will also be able to obtain the directory at any of the welcome centers, state resort parks, local chambers of commerce/tourism centers, or county Farm Bureau offices.