CAIP grants require recordkeeping and site visit

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By David Harrison

 There are 11 major investment areas eligible for reimbursement in this year’s County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP). All areas have been designated by the LaRue County Agricultural Development Council as a primary focus investment area and are eligible for a maximum producer 50 percent cost share reimbursement limit of $2,000.

The 11 investment areas are agricultural diversification; cattle genetics improvement; farm structure and commodity handling; farm fencing improvement; goat and sheep diversification; on-farm water enhancement; cattle handling; commercial poultry, dairy and swine; farmland improvement and utilization; on-farm energy efficiency and production; and technology and leadership development.

Producers can apply for up to three primary investment areas. However, the overall total reimbursement cannot exceed $2,000. For example, a producer may apply for funding in cattle handling of $900, plus $500 in agricultural diversification and $700 in on-farm water enhancement with all three of those projects being eligible for reimbursement, but the maximum would be $2,000.

To say the least, this is a rather complex and detailed grant program with several rules and guidelines, including some changes from 2011, such as removal of fertilizer as an eligible expense. Many investment areas require an educational component, extended ownership, recordkeeping and reporting.

Site inspection will be done for all projects. Complete investment area guidelines and eligible investment items information can be picked up at the Extension Office, or can be accessed online at http://www.agpolicy.ky.gov/funds/caip.shtml

Applications are available at the Extension Office Sept. 12-28. The program administrative organization is the LaRue County Beef Cattle Association.

The program administrator is Dyan Puckett. Questions about the program changes, prerequisites and other changes may be directed to her at 270-537-3889.

An official notification of the program is in last week’s The LaRue County Herald News.

This information is a brief summary of the program, and is not intended to cover all information pertaining to the program.