The Youth Agricultural Incentives Cost-Share (YAIP) Program is now underway.  Twenty student applications were approved and they have until Thursday, June 11, 2020, at 4 PM to complete their projects and submit receipts and reports.

The program guidelines were developed by Kentucky Agricultural Development to facilitate a growing need for a specialized program that would benefit youth actively engaged in agriculture.  The focus of the program is on youth developing agricultural projects, as well as strengthening partnerships with school ag programs, Cooperative Extension, and 4-H/FFA organizations.

Students who were approved for the project must submit the following documents to be reimbursed:

  • Student Report & Certification Form   (Must be signed by student and parent)
  • Receipts showing name and contact information of vendor and purchaser
  • If any animals were purchased, health papers from a veterinarian are required
  • Photographs of student with project

All receipts must be submitted by June 11, 2020, at 4 PM to be eligible for reimbursement.

About the program:

Student Eligibility:

  • Applicant shall be enrolled in elementary, middle or high school; this includes home schooled students.

  • Applicant shall be at least 9 years of age by January 1, 2019.

    • Age is based on 4-H program entry age.

    • Program is not available for the Clover Bud age group of 4-7 years.

  • Applicant shall provide their individual Social Security number (SSN).

  • Applicant shall have parental consent if under the age of 18. 

  • Mentorship is required from one of the following types of organizations:

    • 4-H Leader or Extension Agent

    • FFA Leader or School Ag Teacher

    • Other Agricultural Organization

Eligible Investments:

  • Agricultural Diversification:
    • Greenhouse
    • Horticulture
    • Hydroponics & Aquaponics
    • Technology - Computer Software
    • Value-Added & Marketing
    • Wildlife Management

  • Animal Production:
    • Beef, Dairy  (no bull purchases)
    • Goat, Equine, Sheep, Rabbit, Swine, Poultry
    • Bees
    • Livestock Barns
  • Forage & Grain Improvement

  • Showmanship (Beef, Dairy, Equine, Goat, Sheep, Swine, Poultry, Rabbit)

  • Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE)

  • Country Ham Projects

This program is made possible through funds provided by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.