By Brandon Sears
The County Agricultural Investment Program, formally known as the Phase I cost-share assistance program will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Applications for this program will be available from then through Feb. 1 at the Madison County Conservation District office.
This program will include 11 investment areas: Agriculture Diversification, Cattle Genetics Improvement, Cattle Handling Facilities, Commercial Poultry/Dairy/Swine, Farm Livestock Fencing Improvement, Farm Structure & Commodity Handling, Forage Improvement & Utilization, Goat & Sheep Diversification, On-Farm Energy Efficiency & Production, On-Farm Water Enhancement, and Technology.
The program offers a 50-percent cost-share rate on these practices, with a $3,000 maximum for primary investment areas, and a $1,500 maximum for secondary investment areas. Please inquire through the Madison County Conservation District for specifics for each area. There is a 6-month retroactivity period for purchases made prior to approval.
Visit the Madison County Conservation District at 1024 Ival James Blvd., Suite A-1, Richmond to pick up an application. For more details, call 624-1981, Ext. 3.
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