ExploreAg, Youth Pathways applications being accepted

Applications for two signature projects of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation’s Fisher Fund, the ExploreAg program and Youth Pathways to Careers in Agriculture, are available.

Fifty high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be chosen through a competitive process to spend two weeks on a college campus for an introduction to agriculture as well as hands-on learning via the ExploreAg program. Internationally known teachers, scientists and researchers will expose them to food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology and agricultural business. Along with classroom experience, the students will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research and will interact with industry partners to learn about possible careers in related fields. Program flyer

The first year of the program will take place over two weeks in June on Ohio State University’s main campus and at its Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. It is completely free for students. The foundation has committed $125,000 for the first two years of the program. Apply by April 29, 2018.

Youth Pathways to Careers in Agriculture supports projects that introduce and train students for high-demand jobs in the food, agricultural or natural resources industries. The grant program is open to nonprofit organizations or those with a fiscal sponsor. The foundation has committed $100,000 in funding in 2018. Apply by April 15, 2018.

Further details about both programs are available at the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation website.