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AgCredit awards $84,000 in grants to rural agricultural organizations

By KAYLA LAUBACHER

AgCredit

FOSTORIA – AgCredit, one of northern Ohio’s largest lenders for farmers, rural homeowners and agribusiness, is pleased to announce the 2019 recipients of its Mission Fund.

Now in its second year, the grant program was created to support AgCredit’s commitment to investing in the future of agriculture and positively impacting the quality of life in rural Ohio. Applicants were selected to receive funding based on meeting criteria in four focus areas:

  • Education – Educating young, beginning or future farmers.
  • Environment – Maintaining or improving the quality of the rural environment.
  • Technology – Supporting the advancement and use of technology for the benefit of farmers and rural communities.
  • Quality of Rural Life – Sustaining programs, projects or initiatives that enhance the quality of life for farmers and rural communities.

In Sandusky County, Lindsey Volunteer Fire Department received $14,905 to purchase an agriculturally focused rescue trailer and Parker’s Purpose was given $7,000 to purchase iPads for parents and educators to help children with autism better communicate.

“We at AgCredit believe that giving back is the best investment for the future of agriculture and our rural communities,” says Brian Ricker, AgCredit President and CEO.  “We look forward to many more years of awarding grants to worthy groups such as these. Their commitment to improving our communities is priceless.”

Organizations can apply for Mission Fund grants for up to $15,000 per year. The 2020 application process will begin in March. For more information, visit AgCredit.net.

For information, contact Kayla Laubacher at 419-332-2639, klaubacher@agcredit.net.