Indiana Farm Bureau awards grants to Pulaski, Starke, and Warren counties

Indiana Farm Bureau has awarded its 2019 County Development Grants. Three counties have been awarded grant money to create programs that will promote agriculture or provide education.

Pulaski County Farm Bureau was awarded a grant to launch an education program for students attending the Pulaski County Fair. The program will educate students about aquaponics and the importance of new forms of food production.

Starke County Farm Bureau will launch a local Farm-to-Fork event to highlight the many ag products and their producers in the county. The event will take place in September and will also bring the community together to talk about agriculture.

Warren County Farm Bureau will implement a monthly mobile food pantry program as part of the Warren County Food Insecurity and Food Deserts program. Much of the county is qualified as a food desert and the mobile pantry would improve access to food in the county.

Indiana Farm Bureau Second Vice President Isabella Chism says many times the county Farm Bureau is the strongest voice for agriculture in the community. She says the grant program will help them connect with the community even more and educate their neighbors about agriculture.

The program development grants are issued annually. All Indiana county Farm Bureaus are eligible to apply for up to $1,500 in funding.

Each county was able to present an idea for a new or expanded program and then the Indiana Farm Bureau grant committee reviewed, and approved funds based on financial need and the potential impact of the program.

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