The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) is a 501 (c)-3 non-profit organization established to facilitate agricultural and rural business development in Kentucky. KCARD provides technical assistance, educational opportunities, and business support services to businesses that are mutually owned by producers.
KCARD is supported through grants from the USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant program and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.
KCARD’s Executive Director and staff are familiar with various business structures, and they consult with emerging or existing businesses on critical questions related to incorporating, financing, management, marketing, accounting and legal concerns. KCARD’s staff networks with state and national resources to assist with all aspects of business development.
To deliver professional business support services and stay abreast of agribusiness development activities across Kentucky, KCARD works closely with the following partnering organizations: University of Kentucky, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Governor’s Office of Ag Policy, CoBank, Kentucky Council of Cooperatives, Kentucky Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, and Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association.
KCARD fosters business success and growth by developing and delivering technical assistance and by providing educational opportunities for agricultural and rural businesses seeking to enhance their economic opportunities in and around the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
How we carry out the KCARD mission by:
- Delivering hands-on technical assistance to new and existing agriculture and rural businesses and by providing relevant educational opportunities addressing agribusiness challenges and issues.
- Facilitating new economic opportunities for Kentucky’s agricultural and rural businesses through business development and assistance with the expansion and stabilization of existing rural businesses.
- Developing support networks among providers and resources both within and outside the state.