The intent of the program is to help promote and ensure a strong future in southern Ohio agriculture. Eligible applicants must be between 20 and 38 years old as of Aug. 1, must have a current Farm Service Number and must reside within the 22 counties the Foundation currently serves. Counties include: Adams, Athens, Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Fayette, Gallia, Greene, Jackson, Highland, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Montgomery, Noble, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Vinton, Warren, Washington. A valid driver’s license will be required to verify age and residency.
SOACDF will award 50 percent cost shares grants at a maximum of $25,000 each. Applications, including a business plan, will be accepted for the Young Farmer Agricultural Program from Aug. 1 – 31 and will be available at the SOACDF office, your local Farm Service Agency or online. If you have questions about the program eligibility or criteria please call Eastern Region Field Representative Ed Vollborn at 740-645-5727 or the Foundation Office at 937-393-2700.
The Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation serves 22 counties in southern Ohio by providing educational assistance, agricultural and economic development grants. The Foundation has invested more than $88 million in grants since the programs began in 2001.