Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation had a banner year, capped off by a successful Foundation Night Out and live auction at the OFBF 100th annual meeting in December. Scores of scholarships and grants were awarded throughout the year, new projects were launched and one annual fundraiser was record-breaking.
Two new signature projects of the foundation began in 2018. The ExploreAg program invited high school students chosen through a competitive process to spend a week on a college campus for an introduction to agriculture as well as hands-on learning. The second program, Youth Pathways to Careers in Agriculture grant program, awarded money to two projects that introduce and train students for high-demand jobs in the food, agricultural or natural resources industries. Both funds were established through the foundation’s Fisher Fund for Lifelong Learning initiative.
Ohio’s agricultural community came together to raise a record $100,000 at the 8th annual Cultivating a Cure event held at OFBF President Frank Burkett’s Clardale Farms in Canal Fulton. The foundation fundraiser supports cancer treatment and prevention research at The Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University. Keynote speaker was American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.