The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit affiliate of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation.

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is governed by a 16-member board that is committed to being a thought leader in terms of youth pathways to careers in agriculture.

Agriculture plays a critical role in the everyday life of Americans, and the foundation believes an increased focus on career opportunities in our industry will have a direct impact on the strength of Ohio’s food and farm community.

There is no community better equipped to positively impact the future of agriculture than those who work in agriculture and partner with Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. The foundation invites you to join us in supporting the young people and organizations working to grow Ohio agriculture.

Supporting and Sustaining Growth

The foundation believes every young person in Ohio has the potential to grow their career in agriculture.

To cultivate future generations of Ohio’s farmers and ranchers, 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 to adults seeking continuing education in agriculture-related studies. To support the future of agriculture throughout Ohio, each county has a scholarship fund to allot to its local students. Other scholarships focus on specific issues such as women’s leadership in agriculture, livestock and crop sciences at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, sheep production and management and more. With your contribution, the foundation will offer larger, renewable awards to more students. We can support the education of a steady flow of young people trained and excited to enhance farming and ranching for decades to come.
  2. Innovative programming: Our signature science program, ExploreAg, offers free week and weekend-long immersion programs for high-school students. In ExploreAg, teens learn about agriculture and related STEM fields from industry experts, scientists, and educators. Participants visit producers like Smucker’s, manufacturers like John Deere, and research laboratories at Ohio State University; develop their leadership and collaboration skills; and prepare for college and career.
  3. Grants: We issue grants to nonprofit organizations that help young people embrace
    food, agriculture, and environmental careers, and to programs advancing agricultural
    education, developing sensible environmental solutions, spurring economic development, and promoting the human-animal bond.

Your help is needed to grow the foundation’s potential. Read the Case for Support.

Making the Investment in Tomorrow, Now

Just as it takes time to nurture seed into a productive plant, we must start investing in our agricultural future right now. You can help us ensure Ohio’s farming legacy remains strong, our industry thrives, and our products grow in innovation and value.

Please join the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation in supporting the farmers and ranchers of tomorrow.

With your contribution, we will fill our agricultural workforce for the next decade and beyond. We will form nonprofit partnerships that attract even more interest and engagement in farming. We will build resources for each county to strengthen our economy and environment statewide.

And with every scholarship, innovative program and grant the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation offers, we protect the food that nourishes us, the landscape that moves us, and the tradition that inspires us.