Calloway County Agricultural Development Board
Calloway County is an agricultural community. Agriculture acreage in Calloway
County hovers around the 169,000 acre range. Corn acres grown in the county exceeded
38,000 acres in the last few growing seasons with soybean acres measured at 42,000 in
2005. Small grains contribute to an added 13,000 acres of crop in Calloway County.
Tobacco, especially dark-fired tobacco, is very critical to Calloway County’s
agricultural income. Calloway County, in recent years, has harvested around 1,370 acres
of dark-fired tobacco with an average yield of 3,545 pounds per acre. Dark air-cured
tobacco comes in at 100 acres for the county. Burley tobacco production in 2005 comes
in at approximately 310 acres, an increase of 85 acres since 1998.
Pasture, forage crops, and CRP Conservation Reserve Programs, encompass the
other crop acres in Calloway County. Roughly 3,000 acres of pasture, 12,400 acres of
forages and 9,700 acres of CRP land exist in Calloway County.
Livestock production is also a vital agricultural endeavor in Calloway County. As
of January 2005, all cattle and calves totaled 12,300. Beef cows made up 6,100 head of
Crop receipts hover around $35,318,000 dollars in Calloway County and ranks
8th in this state.
Livestock receipts in 2005 revealed a $41,957,000 economic lift to the economy
of Calloway County.
Total agricultural dollars received by farmers in Calloway County in 2005 were
Responsibilities of the Ag Development Council
The Calloway County Agricultural Development Board was formed mid-year of
2000. This group is comprised of individuals who have in the past demonstrated a great
desire to serve the agricultural community by providing insight and leadership skills.
This group was charged with the mission to develop a comprehensive plan for the
future investment of funds received from the Phase I Tobacco Settlement. To do this, the
group sponsored a series of meetings to gather information from those who would
ultimately be affected, the general public. These meetings and other general Phase I Data
were advertised through all available media channels in an attempt to increase awareness
on how this process could enhance our community. A total of 35 participants were
educated on the Phase I process and were given a chance to ask questions and voice their
opinions about planning procedures. Those in attendance were also asked to complete a
survey addressing investment opportunities.
In addition to the public meetings and media programs, mass mailings were also
used to distribute Phase I facts and the survey county wide.
Calloway County Agricultural Development Board will work in cooperation with
both individuals and groups in an effort to stimulate economic growth and increase
educational opportunities. While this will have a primary influence on rural families, the
end result will be positive for the community as a whole.
After reviewing all of the pertinent information, Calloway County Agricultural
Development Board will work towards supporting the development of projects which
reflect the needs relevant to agricultural growth, as defined by the citizens of our
community. At this time, the needs which have been prioritized are as follows:
SHORT TERM PRIORITIES
A. Seek training or additional education enabling farm families to leave
farming or supplement their farm income. Develop new alternative or
value to supplemental enterprises
B. Add existing farming activities
C. Cooperate with other counties or regional Agriculture Development
Councils on economic development initiatives that will benefit
Calloway County and other area or regional farmers.
LONG TERM PRIORITIES
A. Promote more efficient use of County Agriculture Resources
B. Add value to county commodities when possible
C. Provide educational opportunities to county farm families
D. Develop non-traditional farm enterprises
E. Establish profitable cooperative efforts in the area
F. Sustainability of economic viable family farms, that have productive
soils, prolific woodlands, embrace clean air, ground and surface
water, and provide habitat for wildlife and wild plants to flourish.
Methods to Receive Funding
At this time, Calloway County Agricultural Development Board is supporting the
“cost share” approach to providing funding for projects. Any person, group, business, or
organization wishing to apply for funding is asked to provide detailed information about
the project which should include, but is not limited to the following: (1) Type of project,
(2) Amount requested, (3) Total cost of project, (4) Operational budget for the project, (5)
Desired outcome for the project, and (6) How the project will benefit the community. All
applicants are also encouraged to look to the State Agricultural Development Board for a
possible source of funding for their project.
Project Merit and Evaluation
The Calloway County Agricultural Development Board will review each proposal
with equal merit and determine how the project is rated based on the established
priorities. We will be accepting formal proposals from interested parties from January 1,
2008 until December 31, 2008. Each successful applicant is expected to file the
necessary reports on the status of their project.
County Comprehensive Plan
I. Overview of county
a. Agricultural statistics, trends, & projections
i. Traditional agricultural production
ii. Non-traditional agricultural production
iii. New & emerging agricultural production
iv. Tobacco dependency
b. Demographic data
i. Social data
ii. Economic data
c. Inventory of resources
II. Review of the Process
a. How was the comprehensive plan developed
b. Who had input into the plan
IV. County Council Objectives
a. Mission/Vision Statement
b. Short term priorities
c. Long term goals
d. Tactics for leveraging funds
i. Regional partnerships
ii. State Ag Development Board resources
iii. Other local/state/federal resources
V. Evaluation & Review
a. How will proposals be evaluated
b. How will success and failure be measured
c. How will the county comprehensive plan be revised
The first step in the process has already been completed by counties. County Agricultural
Development Councils have been organized in every county before August 1, 2000. Council
membership consist of individuals recommended by the Farm Service Agency county committee,
soil conservation districts, county extension councils, and young farmers selected by the council
The County Council Action Guide, Volume 1 was approved by the State Agricultural
Development Board in August. This guide offers suggestions to county agricultural development
councils on beginning a process fulfill the requirements of House Bill 611. There will be
additional information and resources to assist counties made available from future state board
County Agricultural Development Councils are required by law to "devise a plan for the county
that would identify programs best suited for the agricultural development of the county".
Councils are responsible for developing local strategies for enhancing agricultural opportunities
and assisting local farmers. Each county council will provide a copy of its plan to the state
Agricultural Development Board. An outline for county plans is provided only as a suggestion
for councils to follow.
I. Overview of county
A council may review available statistical data on farming in that county. Most of that
information can be collected from the agricultural census and from annual statistical reports
from the Kentucky Agricultural Statistics Service. Council may go beyond that data and
seek out other information that may be helpful in completing the initial county plan.
II. Review of the process
County councils can include a review of how data was collected. Information gained from
the community or group forums could be included in the county plan with the councils
intentions of how it will influence the objective of the county council.
Following the collection of information and input councils may want to assess strengths that
exist in the county. They can identify some weaknesses that should be addresses if the plan
is successful. A well defined list of opportunities will help the council determine a set of
priorities for where funds will be invested. Including those threats that face the future of
farming in the county could also help in setting priorities.
IV. County Council Objectives
This is where a county could include a mission statement or a statement of vision for the
council and the community. It could be beneficial to identify some short term priorities for
investing county funds to immediately address some of the needs of farmers in the county.
It may also establish some long term goals for maintaining or increasing the importance of
agriculture in the county with specific means to reach those goals. Counties could also
consider regional projects and how they could leverage resources from other local, state, and
V. Evaluation & Review
This could include information on how councils will handle request for county funds. It
could include criteria for evaluating success and a process for revision in the county plans.
There will be a process and forms approved for county councils to adopt.
The eligibility for funds from the counties accounts requires that:
1. Tobacco farmers be given a priority.
2. Applicants have sufficient equity to assure a reasonable chance for success.
3. Small farmers have an equal access to funds as large farmers.
4. Consideration given to what percentage of the county's allocation the applicant is requesting.
QUESTIONS & NEEDS
Guide to grant applications
Info of other proposals (worker transition)
Software on farm budgets
How can county councils work in closed session?
Could council members get in trouble traveling together to other meetings?
What is a tobacco farmer? As defined in the law.
Can counties have a reimbursable expense requirement on county account funds?
Link to resources
How much of the county council money is available and by what dates?
How will the state support regional cooperation?
What will be the training available for off farm employment?
Pay or comp time for office secretary to take minutes of meetings.
Who & how are proposals evaluated?
Open records law clarification of meeting notices.
Monthly meeting requirement in bylaws
Dissolution of county council