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.

  1. Scholarships: We award scholarships to students planning to pursue careers in
    agriculture and related fields. 
  2. 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

  3. 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.

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Is one of our scholarships right for you? Read more and learn how to apply.

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The Youth Pathways Grant for Careers in Agriculture is designed to help young people discover their purpose and passion in agricultural careers.

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Innovative Programming

We envision a future where tomorrow’s greatest leaders are passionate about and drawn to careers in agriculture.

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