COLUMN: CAIP funds available

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By David Harrison

The LaRue County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) has been funded for $104,400. This is the fifth year LaRue County CAIP has been offered by the Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy and the County Agricultural Development Council.

The program applicant is the LaRue County Beef Cattle Association. The grant program administrator is Dyan Puckett, 270 537-3889.

Grant guidelines and grant applications will be available at the LaRue County Extension Office, 807 Old Elizabethtown Road Hodgenville, Nov.  13-27. The deadline for returning grant applications is 4:30 p.m. Nov. 27.

Completed applications will be scored by a committee of the beef association based on the producer application and a scoring point grid provided by GOAP. Approximately the 50 highest scoring applications will be funded. While all applications must be turned in during the required application period, there is no first-come, first-served consideration.

Producers will be notified by mail whether or not they qualified for grant funds when the applications are scored. All approved projects must be completed and all necessary paperwork submitted for reimbursement by Aug. 31, 2014. Earlier submission of receipts is encouraged since the funds are currently available.

Project expenses are eligible for reimbursement retroactive to April 1, 2013. Therefore, the program allows for projects covering more than a 17-month period (April 1, 2013 to Aug. 31, 2014).

Applicants who receive more than $600 will be supplied an IRS form 1099 that will list the amount of cost share received. There is a $2,000 per applicant maximum reimbursement.

The program is part of the Tobacco Phase 1 Grant Programs associated with the 2000 Federal Tobacco Settlement Agreement. A program advertisement is in today's issue and Nov. 6 issue of The LaRue County Herald News.