The Laurel County Cattlemen's Association is no longer accepting applications for the 2022 CAIP Cost-Share Program. All producers who submitted an application should have received a letter stating whether their application was approved, wait-listed, or ineligible. If you submitted an application but have not received a letter, please call the Extension office at 606-864-4167.
2022 Standard Guidelines
Program areas for the 2022 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; KY Bull Assessment Tool; Heifer Affidavit
- 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 Forage Seed List
- Innovative Agricultural Systems (fenceline feeders, gravel paver grid, solar powdered watering system, tire waterers, water harvesting)
- 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
- AgTech & 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; food safety)
Other forms that must be submitted with receipts for completed projects by approved producers:
- Producer Report
- Producer Education Certificate
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.
All applications are scored based on the scoring criteria set by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board. This program is made possible through a grant from the Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.
Online Educational Workshops:
Producers who are approved for the 2022 CAIP Cost-Share Program are required to complete one educational component prior to the disbursement of funds.
Online trainings that qualify for the educational certification component can be found at:
After completing the online training, please contact the Laurel County Extension Office at 606-864-4167 to verify that the confirmation notice has been received.
Online Educational Videos:
Online videos that qualify for the educational certification component can be found at:
Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certification
Another online learning opportunity that is currently available for producers is the Beef Quality Assurance certification. Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common-sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions.
This certification is required for all producers who participate in the Large Animal project area of the CAIP Cost-Share Program.
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.
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.
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?
Some program areas designate labor as a cost-share item within the program guidelines. The applicant cannot be reimbursed for their own labor or for labor provided by the applicant's immediate family (example: father/mother, son/daughter, brother/sister, or in-laws.) Labor receipts must contain the name, address and contact information of each contracted laborer submitted for reimbursement.