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KARE Program Available to Owen Co Farmers

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By The Staff

KARE Program Available to Owen Co Farmers The Kentucky Agricultural Relief Effort (KARE) Cost-Share Program will soon be available for Owen Co. farmers. Applications will be available between August 7 and August 26 at the Owen Co Extension Office. The deadline for turning them in is Aug 26. The KARE program is a special state Phase I program that allowed for extra funds to be placed in each county for efforts to help farmers recover from last year’s drought. Items available for cost-share include: Drilling for subsurface aquifers and well establishments Developing and piping on farm springs Construction of small stream water basins Establishing and enhancing on-farm ponds Water hook-up to city/county water lines for farm usage Irrigation equipment, structures, and components Pasture Development & Improvement- seed, lime, & fertilizer Filter fabric pads for heavy use areas Fence and water for rotational grazing Custom Seeding & Rental of seeding Equipment Cooling Fans and Sprinkler Systems Shade cloth and other temporary or permanent agricultural shelters Feeding equipment, commodity storage structures, hay wrappers, feed mixers, and silage feeding/storage equipment (excludes forage harvesting equipment) Crop Insurance Premiums (For 2008– excludes tobacco) Trailers, wagons, and other forage/commodity transportation related equipment (excludes livestock trailers) Animal waste handling equipment Rootstock and trees and certified, hybrid, and/or other seed varieties (for commercial production/not for residential practices) Cost-share levels will be 75/25; that is, those approved will receive 75% of eligible expenses paid back to them as a cost-share. For those that have participated in other Phase I programs over the years, the amount received does not count against any lifetime maximum from any other program. Maximum cost-share amount has not been determined at this time, and will depend on number of applications received and approved.