This week we are featuring the Rural Energy for America Program Grants that are due soon and the new Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP) that was established in the farm bill. The LAMP program will provide permanent funding for the Value-Added Producer Grants, and the Farmers Market & Local Food Promotion Grants which is great news for farmers and agribusinesses in Kentucky.
This week we are featuring the Kentucky State University's Small Scale Farm Grant Program, and Community Farm Alliance's Farmers Market Support Program which offers a Kentucky Double Dollars cost share and a farmers market manager cost share. Please check out more information about each program below.
Farmers, are you interested in selling to your local schools next season? If so the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is offering a mini-grant to help expand Farm to School sales. The Kentucky Farm to School: Producer Engagement Grants are due on December 14, so if you are interested you need to act fast!
Would you like to learn more about how Kentucky’s agricultural businesses operate and how your classwork applies to real-world business situations?
The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) is currently searching for a college junior, senior, or graduate student majoring in Agricultural Economics to serve as a paid intern for summer 2019.
KCARD is often contacted by individuals and groups that have a business idea and are interested in forming a cooperative. A cooperative can be a great choice and we help people form cooperatives all the time, but many times the cooperative business structure is misunderstood and people have the wrong idea about what a cooperative is and when it is the right business structure.
Facebook – it’s one of the best free tools you have to promote your market and reach current and new customers. It’s also constantly changing. In 2018, Facebook changed their algorithm used to show posts on users’ news feeds to make it more community oriented. With the new changes, how can you bring awareness to your market while promoting content? Leverage Facebook’s post boosts, ads, and the ability to go live to help you reach audiences that might not be aware of your market and help “advertise” your market to new customers.