NRCS-Based Cost Share Programs

By Adam Jones, USDA-NRCS Kentucky Grazing Specialist - We all want to set up a grazing operation just like we see at field days and hear about at cattleman’s meetings and grazing schools, but addressing natural resource concerns while improving grazing practices can often cut into our profits. Fortunately, several USDA Farm Bill programs offered through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provide opportunities for financial assistance to restore and improve the grasslands in your operation.

County Agricultural Investment Programs (CAIP)

By Tommy Yankey, Anderson Co. Ag Extension Agent - In 2000, the Kentucky General Assembly passed House Bill 611 which created the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board (KADB) and the framework for what is now known as the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund (KADF). Funding for this program comes from Kentucky’s annual share of the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). Kentucky law provides that 50% of the total funds received through the Master Settlement Agreement be given back to agriculture.