INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 23, 2012)—Indiana’s Family of Farmers (IFOF) will continue to offer grants for local communities, and new this year – a category for youth organizations that want to do more to promote agriculture in Indiana.

This is the second year grants of up to $2,000 will be made available to improve educational agriculture-related events around Indiana. The funds, made possible through the IFOF Ag Resource Committee, may be used by local event organizers to fund educational or outreach events focused on food and fiber. This can include Ag Days, Community Agriculture Days, County Fairs and school events to name a few. Grant applicants may also request monies to make capital improvements (like buying demonstration equipment) or safety upgrades (such as purchasing hand-washing stations).

 

Something new to the grant program this year:  A portion of the funds have been set aside specifically to fund projects executed by youth organizations such as FFA chapters, 4-H clubs, collegiate groups, youth commodity organizations, etc. This category emphasizes youth leadership in the program (not necessarily a program targeted at youth or children).

“Local educational events are a great way to help Hoosiers learn more about all the aspects of agriculture in Indiana,” said Denise Derrer, Public Information Director for the Indiana State Board of Animal Health and IFOF Ag Resource Committee Chairman. “Indiana’s Family of Farmers is excited to continue this grant program to help make both new and existing programs even better.”

The deadline to apply for the grant is May 15, 2012. Applications and detailed guidance may be found online at: www.indianafamilyoffarmers.com/partnership.html.

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About Indiana’s Family of Farmers
Indiana’s Family of Farmers was formed in 2009 to raise awareness that Indiana’s farmers are among the top producers of grains, produce and meats you eat every day.  We believe that quality farming means quality food that is good for you, your families and the environment. That’s our promise: Food for your family, from our family.

The participating Indiana’s Family of Farmers groups include the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Soybean Alliance, Indiana Pork Producers, Indiana Beef Council, Milk Promotion Services of Indiana, Indiana Corn Marketing Council, Indiana State Poultry Association, Indiana Wine Grape Council,  Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, Indiana Professional Dairy Producers, Indiana Beekeepers Association, Indiana Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, Indiana 4-H Foundation, Inc., Indiana State Board of Animal Health, Purdue Agriculture and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Learn more at www.indianafamilyoffarmers.com.

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