AgCredit — one of northern Ohio’s largest lenders for farmers, rural homeowners and agribusiness — is pleased to announce the recipients of the AgCredit Mission Fund.
This is the first year of the fund and grants were awarded on an application-based system within the following four focus areas.
- Education: Educating young, beginning or future farmers
- Environment: Maintaining or improving the quality of the rural environment
- Technology: Supporting the advancement and utilization of technology for the benefit of farmers and rural communities
- Quality of Rural Life: Programs, projects or initiatives that enhance the quality of life for farmers and rural communities
“We are proud to support our surrounding community and invest in the future of agriculture. We look forward to honoring these recipients and learning more about their projects at our 2019 Annual Meeting in April,” said Brian Ricker, AgCredit President and CEO.
The 2018 recipients are:
Acres of Adventure, Inc., Crawford County, $10,000
Acres of Adventures focuses on helping the non-farm public connect with food and farming. Funds will be used to build the Learning Center. The Learning Center will feature different areas specific to agricultural subjects including hands on exhibits to promote Ag to the public. The building will also have meeting space available for different groups and events to use.
Center for Innovative Food Technology, Lucas County, $10,000
Their goal is to train Ohio teachers to help students secure the credential before graduation and choose a career in agribusiness, food science/processing or farming. The funds will be used to develop a professional teacher training pilot focused on modern farming and food science. This training will target 30 middle and high school educators to help them deliver custom curriculum focused on food science and ultimately educate and equip students for a career in agribusiness.
Paulding County Area Foundation, Paulding County, $5,000
Paulding County Area Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with funds representing a partnership with an individual, family, business or non-profit. Funds will help the Grover Hill community purchase a building for a community library in the village.
Sandusky County STEM, Sandusky County, $10,000
This group provides outreach to high school students in Sandusky County that are interested in a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The funds will be used to organize a science fair and scholarship competition for local high school students. The science fair will focus on the agricultural issue of nutrient runoff relater to tillage methods, cover crop usage, and underground tiling.
Seneca County Fair Jr. Swine Committee, Seneca County, $15,000
The Swine Committee strives to provide a safe and fun environment for the Jr. Fair youth and their families to exhibit swine at the Seneca County fair. Funds will be used to install new fans, replace five rows of pens, upgrade the holding/wash area, and fixing gutters and downspouts on the outside of the building.
The 2019 Mission Fund application process will begin in March 2019.