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MACED believes that building Kentucky’s rural economies requires investment in small farm communities and that family farming is a vital part of a healthy local rural economy. MACED is committed to helping build a strong local economy of farmers, growers, processors, restaurateurs, retailers, distributors and brokers throughout Appalachian Kentucky.


This program seeks to do the following.

• Develop new markets and strengthen existing markets for farm and food producers in Appalachian Kentucky;

• Improve access to capital for those seeking operating funds for diversification or value-adding projects with low-interest loans;

• Provide direct loans to farmers to leverage existing program grant and loan dollars; and

• Provide financial management and planning assistance.


Funds may be used for the following.

    • Working capital for new or existing farm diversification projects.

    • New equipment purchases for diversification or value-adding projects.

    • On-farm renewable energy projects.

    • Agricultural tourism projects.