The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (KCARD) is a 501 ©-3 non-profit organization established to facilitate agricultural and rural business development in Kentucky. KCARD provides technical assistance, educational opportunities, and business support services to businesses that are mutually owned by producers.
KCARD is supported through grants from the USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grant program and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Fund.
KCARD’s Executive Director and staff are familiar with various business structures, and they consult with emerging or existing businesses on critical questions related to incorporating, financing, management, marketing, accounting and legal concerns. KCARD’s staff networks with state and national resources to assist with all aspects of business development.
To deliver professional business support services and stay abreast of agribusiness development activities across Kentucky, KCARD works closely with the following partnering organizations: University of Kentucky, Kentucky Farm Bureau, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Governor’s Office of Ag Policy, CoBank, Kentucky Council of Cooperatives, Kentucky Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives, and Kentucky Cattlemen’s Association.