Growing Your Farm and Food Business

The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) and the Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program, a program of KCARD, will be hosting a series of four “Growing Your Farm and Food Business” workshops this fall to assist agricultural producers and food businesses with business fundamentals, identify grant opportunities and develop a strategy for seeking out those funds.

"The business planning and grant process can be overwhelming for farmers. These workshops can help farmers develop their business plan and learn about funding opportunities," explained Aleta Botts, KCARD Executive Director. "Participants get to meet the funders, ask questions, and begin working on their own business plans and funding strategies."

The KCARD Growing Your Farm and Food Business workshops will provide an in-depth understanding of business plan development along with an overview of funding options for farmers and agribusinesses in Kentucky. Each workshop will bring together speakers who work directly with national and state funding programs. Programs from USDA, the Governor's Office of Agricultural Policy, Kentucky State University, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and other agencies will be covered with many of these entities present and available for questions.

Evening Condensed Format (4:30pm to 8:30pm local time)

•             Hopkins County – November 6

•             Boone County – November 12

•             Adair County – November 14

•             Wolfe County – December 10

There will be a $18 per person fee to attend the workshop, with dinner and educational materials provided. For further information and to register visit the Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development’s website or contact Kati Bowman at or 859-415-4909.

The Kentucky Agribusiness Grant Facilitation Program, funded by the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board and led by KCARD, helps agricultural producers and rural businesses in Kentucky learn about, apply for, and receive funding available through numerous programs.

The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development works with agricultural producers, rural businesses and agribusinesses across the Commonwealth to provide specialized assistance increasing the chances for business success. KCARD provides a range of services including business planning, grant and funding assistance, strategic planning, business management reviews, operations and cost analysis, record keeping development, feasibility studies, and on-site business consultations. To learn more about KCARD services visit