FUNDING AVAILABLE 

The Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP) announced (January 14) the availability of applications for the 2011 ARRA On-farm Energy Efficiency and Production Incentives Program. Applications are due to GOAP postmarked no later than Feb. 28, 2011.

On-farm energy incentives are made possible through the Renewable Energy Partnership between GOAP and the Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Department for Energy Development and Independence. Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

All applications received from across the Commonwealth will be reviewed and scored by a committee comprised of representatives from GOAP, the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and a Rural Electric Cooperative.  A representative from USDA Rural Development and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet will each serve on the committee in an ex-officio capacity.

For questions about the application process for the ARRA On-farm Energy Incentives Program, please contact GOAP at (502) 564-4627 or govkyagpolicy@ky.gov.  The application is also available online at agpolicy.ky.gov.

National Council of State Agricultural Finance Programs

The National Council of State Agricultural Finance Programs (NCOSAFP) provides national representation for states that operate finance programs for farmers, ranchers and the agricultural industry.

 Organized in November 1984, the NCOSAFP is a non-profit organization that provides a forum for sharing ideas and serves as an information clearinghouse for its member state agencies and the general public they serve.

The council provides information about state programs being developed across the nation and on farm finance issues and legislation developing in Washington, D.C.

The council is also involved in the promotion and support of rural economic development programs.

Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation

Kentucky representative - Timothy D. Hughes
Marketing and Business Development Coordinator
Kentucky Agricultural Finance Corporation
404 Ann Street
Frankfort, KY 40601
TimD.Hughes@KY.Gov
(502) 564-4627 Ext. 232
(502) 330-7551 Mobile

Kentucky Agricultural Development Board

The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board was created by the 2000 General Assembly. The Board serves to distribute 50% of the state monies received from the Master Settlement Agreement for the general purpose of agricultural development in the Commonwealth.

The Board will invest these funds in innovative proposals that increase net farm income and effect tobacco farmers, tobacco-impacted communities and agriculture across the state by stimulating markets for Kentucky agricultural products, finding new ways to add value to Kentucky agricultural products, and exploring new opportunities for Kentucky farms.

Ag development county funds

Each county has a council to evaluate the needs of the local agricultural economy, devise a plan that would identify programs best suited to support the county's agriculture, and assist local applicants in preparing proposals to spend county funds to be submitted to the state Agricultural Development Board (ADB).

SARE – Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

SARE is a competitive grants program providing grants to researchers, agricultural educators, farmers and ranchers, and students in the United States.

Research and Education Grants: Ranging from $30,000 to $150,000 or more, these grants fund projects that usually involve scientists, producers, and others in an interdisciplinary approach.

Professional Development Grants: To spread the knowledge about sustainable concepts and practices, these projects educate Cooperative Extension Service staff and other ag professionals.

Producer Grants: Producers apply for grants that typically run between $1,000 and $15,000 to conduct research, marketing and demonstration projects and share the results with other farmers and ranchers.

On Farm Research/Partnership: Supports on-farm research by Extension, NRCS, and/or nonprofit organizations. Northeast, Southern and Western regions.

Sustainable Community Innovation: Forges connections between sustainable agriculture and rural community development. Northeast and Southern regions.

USDA NRCS CIG (Conservation Innovation Grants)

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or non-governmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals.

CIG enables NRCS to work with other public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches to address some of the Nation's most pressing natural resource concerns. CIG will benefit agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations. NRCS administers CIG.

The Rural Energy for America Program, formerly Section 9006 under the Farm Bill, is composed of several types of grants and guaranteed loans and grants for the development/ construction of renewable energy systems and for energy efficiency impromvement projects; grants for conducting energy audits; grants for conducting renewable energy development assistance; and grants for conducting renewable energy feasibility studies.

REAP - Rural Energy for America Program
RES - Renewable Energy Systems
EEI - Energy Efficiency Improvement Program
EA - Energy audit
REDA - Renewable Energy Development Assist

For more information contact the USDA Rural Development State Office in Lexington, KY at  859-224-7435 (TDD for hearing impaired (859-224-7422.

The USDA website is