Governor Steve Beshear today announced funding for on-farm improvement and state homeland security grants in Lawrence County.
The Lawrence County Farm Bureau received $186,774 from the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund (KADF) to support Lawrence 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," Gov. Beshear said. "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 Lawrence County farm families."
The County Agricultural Investment Program (CAIP) is designed to provide farmers with incentives to allow them to improve current production practices and 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 Lawrence 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, Lawrence County has been allotted more than $470,000 from the KADF.
Additionally, two Homeland Security Grants were awarded to fire departments in the county totaling $56,500.
"These Homeland Security grants will benefit firefighters in their important charge of helping the citizens of Lawrence County during times of manmade and natural disasters," Gov. Beshear said. "These funds ensure that they will have the best tools needed in their critical mission."
The Lowmansville Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $28,500 for the purchase of breathing apparatuses. The Cherryville Fire Department was awarded $28,000 for turnout gear.
"These breathing apparatuses are crucial to our first responders in Lawrence County," said state Sen. Walter D. Blevins Jr., of Morehead. "Fire and rescue personnel put their lives in danger whenever they go out on a fire call or rescue mission. It is important that their gear be at the optimum operation level and up-to-date. Lives could depend upon it."
"I am always pleased when the Cherryville Fire Department receives funds," Sen. Blevins said. "It is especially gratifying when that money is for equipment to be used by our first responders. It is important that we provide them with the tools they need to do their jobs safely and more effectively."
"Rural fire departments play an important role in making our communities safer and better places to live," said state Rep. Rocky Adkins, of Sandy Hook. "I want to congratulate the Cherryville Fire Department and the Lowmansville Fire Department for pursuing funding for modern equipment that will help them perform their jobs more quickly and efficiently. I also want to thank Homeland Security for helping make this funding possible."
"Firefighters play an important role in responding to man-made and natural disasters," said Gene Kiser, KOHS acting executive director. "These grants will provide the Lowmansville and Cherryville Fire Departments with the protective equipment the firefighters will need to serve the public and save lives."