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New database could aid farmers

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By Steve Moore

Last week we got great news from the Governor’s Office of Agriculture Policy! Since Kentucky recently settled a new lawsuit with the Tobacco Manufacturers concerning the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement, almost complete restoration of the County portion of the MSA funds has been made. Executive Director of GOAP Roger Thomas notified Henry County last Thursday afternoon that the 2014 Tobacco Payment would be $274,211. With other projects already funded from the 2014 program, Henry County will have $216,785 for new programs, including the popular CAIP cost share reimbursement program for farmers.

We still don’t know what the exact timetable for the Farmer CAIP program will be, whereby farmers can come to the Extension Office to pick up and complete the Uniform Application Form. We still have some legal agreements which will need to be handled, but once that is done in the near future, we’ll be able to advertise (two weeks legal notice) in the LOCAL, and begin the producer signup period.

The whole program will be a bit behind the schedule we’ve used over the past few years, but this restoration of funding will allow a lot more farmers the opportunity to cost share some approved practices to help make their farms more productive and profitable. Before this news, the prospects of the 2014 CAIP program in Henry County were pretty bleak.

Up to date information concerning the CAIP Cost Share Reimbursement Program will be made available through this ‘County Agent Notes’ column.

•KADIS?

What is KADIS? Short for the Kentucky Agricultural Development Information System, KADIS is a dynamic statewide spatial database of all of Kentucky’s agricultural assets—i.e. grain farms, livestock farms, tractor dealers, veterinarians, produce growers, CSAs, etc. This all-inclusive database will be an interactive online map that users can use to locate and gather information on the asset they are looking for. Whether it is a farmer looking for the closest vet or a restaurant looking to source meat and produce from a local farm, KADIS will be a vital tool to strengthen Kentucky’s agriculture economy.

Locally, KIPDA personnel have been gathering data and mapping the KADIS program. The total project is a partnership between KDA, GOAP, the US Economic Development Administration, and the K IPDA ADD District. There is still a lot data to be gathered and if any business, farmer, or other agricultural asset is interested in being added to the KADIS map please contact David Abell at KIPDA, 502-266-6084 or david.abell@ky.gov.