The ExploreAg program is free to all high school students; deadline to apply is April 15, 2024.Read More
Growing tomorrow’s agriculture today
The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is committed to inspire and educate the next generation of farmers, ensuring the progress and prosperity of Ohio's agriculture far into the future. We create pathways for young people to learn about the variety and viability of careers in agriculture. Through scholarships, programming and grants, the foundation builds a growing workforce of up-and-coming farmers who are passionate and prepared to grow Ohio's agricultural communities.
At the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, we believe that the key to a vital agricultural industry in the next decade—and countless decades beyond that—is helping young people understand all the growth opportunities agriculture offers.
Our work starts with what we call “ag literacy:” teaching students about agriculture and all the aspects of their lives that it impacts—whether it’s the milk they pour on their morning cereal or the wool sweater they grab when it’s chilly.
By helping young people gain ag literacy, we introduce them to the educational and employment possibilities related to farming. As they visit a tractor manufacturer, walk the rows at a biodynamic vineyard, or study heritage-breed chickens, they learn not only about the industry, but also about their own interests and purpose. They see that agriculture includes entomologists and engineers, pig ranchers and policy makers—and that it can include their aspirations and skills, too.
Through our work, the foundation inspires both the young people who will inherit the family farm, and those who will start their own entrepreneurial ventures. Those who love getting dirt on their hands, and those who love studying soil under a microscope. Those who want to climb into a combine, and those who want to climb the corporate ladder.
The foundation believes that every young person in Ohio has the potential to grow their
career in agriculture.
That’s why we need your help to grow the foundation’s potential.
Supporting and Sustaining Growth
To cultivate future generations of Ohio farmers, the foundation takes a
three-pronged approach to inspiring their interest in and commitment to agriculture.
- Scholarships: We award scholarships to students planning to pursue careers in
agriculture and related fields.
- Innovative programming: Our signature science program, ExploreAg, offers free
week- and day-long immersion programs for high-school students. In ExploreAg, teens
learn about agriculture and related STEM fields from industry experts, scientists, and
Grants: We issue grants to nonprofit organizations and county Farm Bureaus that help young people embrace food, agriculture, and environmental careers, and to programs advancing agricultural education.
Making the Investment in Tomorrow, Today
Please join the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation in supporting the farmers and ranchers of
Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation
The Case for Support
Learn more about the foundation's mission, vision and purpose.Learn More
Is one of our scholarships right for you? Read more and learn how to apply.Learn More
The Youth Pathways Grant for Careers in Agriculture is designed to help young people discover their purpose and passion in agricultural careers.Learn More
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Through 14 scholarship funds, nearly 50 awards will be made to deserving students. The deadline to apply online is March 31.Read More
Dr. Jerry and Rita Lahmers of Newcomerstown are winners of the 2023 Yvonne Lesicko Perseverance Prize for their innovative work on farmer mental health initiatives.Read More
When Christopher and Courtney Anderson asked to get married on a neighbor’s idyllic farm in Portage County, they were overjoyed…Read More
Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation board member Roger Nicol speaks about ‘paying it forward’ through the work of the foundation.Read More