CAIP Cost Share Program
2016 CAIP Cost Share Program
A total of 106 applications have been approved for this round of the CAIP Cost Share program. The deadline for producers who were approved to submit receipts and other required documentation is:
Thursday, August 3, 2017, at 4:00 PM Eastern Time.
Program areas for the 2016 CAIP Cost Share include:
- Agricultural Diversification - (commercial horticulture production; commercial aquaculture production; timber production utilization, and marketing)
- Large Animal (beef cattle, dairy cattle and equine); EPD Standards (updated 2016)
- Small Animal (goats, sheep, swine, bees, and rabbits)
- Farm Infrastructure (farm storage facilities; greenhouse construction/conversion; livestock, equine and poultry facilities; on-farm composting)
- Fencing & On Farm Water
- Forage & Grain Improvement (forage, pasture, and grain production; commodity handling and forage equipment; Approved Seed List
- On-Farm Energy (upgrades to all applicable farms; energy efficient building components and renewable energy projects; professional fees and training; biomass energy crop production; equipment and infrastructure for on-farm energy production)
- Poultry and Other Fowl
- Technology & Leadership Development (precision agriculture; animal data management; miscellaneous equipment; computer hardware and record management software; broadband internet service; leadership development)
- Value-Added & Marketing (value-added; agritourism development; certified/commercial kitchen construction or renovation; marketing and promotion)
The program is based on a 50/50 cost-share. Producers whose applications are approved must complete their project in compliance with the guidelines and submit paid receipts for purchases. (Please remember payments made in cash are NOT eligible.) After the review committee approves the receipts, the applicant will be reimbursed 50% of their eligibile expenses.
The CAIP program is not a first come first served application process, and you do not have to be a member of the Cattlemen's Association or any other organization to be eligible for the program.
This program is made possible through a grant from the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund. For more information, call the Laurel County Extension Office at (606) 864-4167, visit us online at laurel.ca.uky.edu, or stop by our office at 200 County Extension Road, London, Kentucky. Guidelines are also available from the Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy website at: http://agpolicy.ky.gov.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be reimbursed for the entire amount of the expenses submitted?
No. All programs are based on a 50/50 cost share. For example, if you spend 100 dollars on an applicable cost share item within one of the included programs, you will be reimbursed 50 dollars.
Do I need a Beef Quality Assurance Certification?
If your project is within the Large Animal program, current BQA certification is required. Please contact the Extension office at 864-4167 for information on obtaining BQA certification or re-certification training.
What is the Educational Requirement?
CAIP requires the applicant to complete a minimum of one (1) educational component prior to the disbursement of funds. The workshop, class, or presentation must be related to farm management, production, best management practices or marketing. Examples of types of sessions include field days, Private Pesticide Applicator training, meetings with guest presenters, webinars, etc.
Will the Beef Quality Assurance Certification count as my Educational Requirement?
BQA certification is required for producers who are completing a Large Animal project, but does not meet the requirement for the educational component.
Are fertilizer and soil amendments a cost share item?
No. Fertilizer and soil amendments (with the exception of lime) have been removed from the list of eligible cost-share items.
I am going to use lime as a cost-share item this year; do I need a soil test?
Yes. The soil test must be done BEFORE the lime is applied and the soil test results must indicate that the lime is needed.
Will the CAIP program pay for labor costs?
The applicant cannot be reimbursed for their own labor. However, some of the program areas designate labor as a cost-share item within the program guidelines. Labor receipts must contain the name, address and contact information of each contracted laborer submitted for reimbursement.