Foundation awards 5 grants

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has awarded its first Agricultural Action and Awareness Grants for the 2016 program year. A second series of grants
will be given later this year.

This year’s $3,000 grant recipients and projects:
Canine Companions for Independence for its Canine Companions’ Programs. The organization’s assistance dogs increase the independence of their human partners through the task-based commands they are trained to complete. The dogs also improve the quality of life of their human partner by increasing their confidence, social interaction and emotional well-being.
Northwestern Local School District in Wayne County for the construction of a greenhouse for educational purposes that will include hanging plants, tabled plants and hydroponics that will incorporate clean/renewable energy through solar lighting, a bio-fuel area and in the future a geothermal HVAC system and wind turbine.
• Ohio Farm Bureau’s AgriPOWER program for two participant scholarships. The purpose of AgriPOWER is to develop and train Ohio farmers and agribusiness professionals to become effective leaders, spokespersons and advocates for Ohio agriculture.
Ohio Pork Council for its Virtual Field Trip to a Pig Farm program. Thousands of students will have the opportunity to see what happens on real Ohio farms without leaving their classroom. Through a video chat platform, students are given the opportunity to see the farmer and pigs, ask questions and have them answered live on air by the farmer hosting the virtual tour. Separate field trips are offered to elementary and FFA students.
• Additionally, Scipio-Republic Fire Department in Seneca County received a $2,700 grant for grain bin rescue equipment.

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation’s fall funding grant cycle begins July 1.