Investing for Success

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture supports refunding 100% of coal severance taxes to coal-producing counties (many of which are located in the Appalachia Proud area) and proposes that 15% of this money go toward investment in food production and new agricultural enterprises. These enterprises could include food processors, certified kitchens, farmers' markets, biofuel research projects, and developing niche agricultural products that would grow successfully in the region such as ginseng, honey, sorghum, mushrooms, and orchards.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture looks forward to working with the legislature to develop an overall economic development strategy for coal severance taxes that includes investment in agricultural enterprises and ensures that the people of Eastern Kentucky receive their fair share.