Governor Steve Beshear today presented ceremonial checks for on-farm improvement and state homeland security grants in Nicholas County.
The Nicholas County Fiscal Court was presented a check for $548,640 from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund (KADF) to support Nicholas County's agriculture and rural economy through the County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP).
"As Governor, I am proud and honored to serve as chairman of the Agricultural Development Board, because I know the importance of this fund to the future of our farmers," said Gov. Beshear. "I am committed to giving our farmers the tools and resources they need to remain competitive and continue Kentucky's strong farming tradition. This Agricultural Development Fund program plays an integral role in achieving that goal for Nicholas County farm families."
The County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) is designed to provide farmers with incentives to improve current production practices and to assist in diversifying farming operations. CAIP provides producers 11 investment areas from which to choose from a wide variety of agricultural enterprises.
"CAIP investments on our family farms in Nicholas County and across the Commonwealth continue to be vital to the growth and reshaping of Kentucky agriculture, as well as stimulating local economies," said GOAP Executive Director Roger Thomas.
To date, more than $350 million in Kentucky Agricultural Development Funds have been invested in an array of state, regional and county projects throughout the Commonwealth. Over the last decade, Nicholas County has been allotted more than $2.9 million from the KADF.
Additionally, the City of Carlisle was awarded $3,952 for a repeater, as part of a more than $1.4 million Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) award to the Bluegrass Area Development District for communications interoperability.
"Homeland Security grants are a vital component in helping keep the Commonwealth safe and secure," Gov. Beshear said. "The repeater will improve communications among first responders and benefit citizens during emergencies in Carlisle and Nicholas County."
A repeater is an electronic device that receives a signal and transmits it at a higher level and/or higher power past obstructions, so that the signal can travel over longer distances without degradation.
"This grant bolsters communication capabilities between police, fire and emergency medical personnel in Nicholas County during routine responses and times of natural and manmade disasters," said Gene Kiser, KOHS acting executive director. "By strengthening communications in Nicholas County, we enhance the overall responsiveness in the Commonwealth."