Farm Credit Services of Mid-America’s Greater Support for Agriculture Program has awarded $269,000 to 11 organizations through the 2nd quarter of 2011.
Louisville, KY (PRWEB) June 04, 2011
Farm Credit Services of Mid-America’s Greater Support for Agriculture Program has awarded $269,000 to 11 organizations through the 2nd quarter of 2011. The program financially supports rural communities throughout Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee, giving priority to youth and young farm organizations who contribute to the long term success of agriculture.
Since its inception in 2007, Farm Credit has awarded more than $1.06 million through 47 special one-time projects. These funded projects are in addition to the $1 million pledge Farm Credit makes annually to support ongoing programs such as FFA & 4-H scholarships, and college scholarships.
Recent recipients of one time grants include:
- The Kentucky Ag Leadership Program received $25,000 to support their education program designed for young agricultural producers and agribusiness individuals who want to be on the cutting edge of decisions that shape agriculture, rural communities and society in the 21st century. Graduates use skills from the program to elevate the image and profitability of Kentucky agriculture and to enhance the quality of life in rural communities.
- Indiana Pork Producers Association received $50,000 to support its Million Meals Program which delivers pork meals to regional food banks throughout Indiana. The Million Meals program aims to bring pork producers and ag partners together to deliver one million high quality pork meals per year through Indiana’s Food Bank Association.
- Ohio Pork Producers Council received $25,000 to support its Pork Power Program which delivers pork meals to regional food banks throughout Ohio. The OPPC is partnering with pork producers to provide meat protein to be distributed through the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks.
- Washington State Community College Foundation in Ohio received $10,000 to help pay for debt on its greenhouse construction. The AgriLab (or greenhouse) provides a hands-on learning environment for students in the AgriBusiness Management program.
- 4-H Camp Graham in southwest Ohio received $20,000 to update restroom facilities.
- 4-H Camp Piedmont in eastern Ohio received $20,000 to help replace their water waste treatment facility.
- 4-H Camp Palmer, in northwest Ohio (and also serving Indiana) received $20,000 to help build a new cabin and pool.
- The Pike County Fairgrounds in Ohio received $5,000 to help with the construction of a goat and sheep barn to be used at regional events in southern Ohio.
- The Indiana FFA Foundation received $23,000 which will make repairs to the Indiana State FFA Officers’ house located at the Indiana FFA Leadership Center in Trafalgar, Indiana.
- The Ohio State Junior Fair received $21,000 to support youth activities at the state fair. Funds will be used for awards and premiums for youth exhibitors participating in the livestock shows.
- The Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT) received $50,000 to help the organization act as an advocate for the farm industry by sharing ways in which farmers provide a safe, nutritious and abundant food supply to the United States and the world. The group will also be an educational resource, providing training and information regarding farm animal welfare.
Farm Credit Services of Mid-America’s Support for Rural America Program:
- Created: 2007
- Total dollars since 2007: $1.063 million
- Total projects supported: 47
- Proposal submission dates for 2011: August 1 and November 1
- More information can be found on the Community Website: