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For Immediate Release

January 13, 2016

Farmers market, fairground improvements receive oversight from legislative
FRANKFORT The state Agricultural Development Board last month approved
$90,000 in state agricultural development funds for improvements at a farmers
market and a county fairground, a legislative oversight panel was told yesterday.
State agricultural development funds totaling $50,000 were approved for the
farmers market in the City of Marion, which also received $5,000 in county
agricultural development funds for the project. The remaining $40,000 in state
funds went to the Woodford County Fair Association to cover part of the cost of a
new metal livestock building for the county fairgrounds.
The funding was reported to the Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight
Committee by Governors Office of Agricultural Policy Project Manager Luther
Hughes, who said both projects received fewer state agricultural development funds
than were originally requested. The funding request for the fairground project was
revised after the Woodford County Fair Association received a $100,000 grant
through the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. For the City of Marion, the Board
approved a smaller amount than requested.
They have a pretty nice stream of income coming in to help fund this project,
Hughes said of the city. They were very satisfied with that arrangement.
House Agriculture and Small Business Chair Rep. Tom McKee, D-Cynthiana, asked if
applications for farmers market funding could be made even if there was no
permanent location yet available. The answer was yes.
The (Board) is interested in investing state dollars in farmers market structures
even though it may just have a county impact, said Bill McCloskey Director of
Financial Services for the Governors Office of Agricultural Policy. McCloskey added
that farmers market projects that have come before the Board have not, to his
knowledge, received agricultural development funds totaling more than 50 percent
of the projects cost.
Im not aware of any funded that have received more than half the cost of the
project in agricultural development funds or a combination of county and state
funds, said McCloskey.
Stone said that shows the shared interest in such projects.
That shows the local buy-inthat folks are serious enough about it that theyre
willing to invest in it, said Stone.
Other items approved by the Board last month include County Agricultural
Investment Program cost-share projects in Anderson, Fleming, Lyon and McCreary

county, funds for deceased farm animal removal, and a shared-use project that will
provide a manure spreader to Madison County farmers on a rental basis.
Kentucky has invested over $454 million in county, state and area agricultural
projects with state tobacco settlement dollars since 2001, according to the GOAP.