U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Kentucky State Director Dr. Tom Carew today announced over $555,000 in grants awarded to three recipients in East Kentucky.
The grants announced today were made through the Value-Added Producer Grant Program and are intended to help agricultural producers increase their income.
“The Biden-Harris administration is a champion of rural Kentucky’s farmers and agricultural producers,” said Carew. “These investments will help improve economic opportunities for the recipients while expanding choices for consumers. These are just our latest to help create opportunities that spur competition and bolster food supply chains across the country.”
Cleav's Family Market LLC will use a $249,520 grant to market and distribute processed and packaged beef, pork, and vegetables within a 100-mile radius of the recipient in LaRue County, Kentucky.
Sustainable Harvest Farm LLC will use a $249,216 grant to expand customer base within a 400-mile radius of the recipient’s location in London, Kentucky, by increasing the amount of locally marketed vegetables in both wholesale and community supported agriculture markets.
William K. Cecil will use a $56,627 grant to expand current offerings to include valued-added processed cuts of beef and pork in the farming operation. The project will serve the south-central Kentucky area.
Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.