(photo courtesy of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture)

Indiana Farm Bureau has awarded development grants to five county farm bureaus to support new or expanded programs that promote education and expand the visibility of the farming organization within their communities. The organization says the grants, valued at up to $1,500 each, were presented to Benton, Clinton, DeKalb, Floyd and Rush counties.

The INFB grant committee reviewed proposals and awarded the grants based on financial need and potential impact of the program.

“This year’s grant recipients utilized the INFB grant program to produce creative programming that provides real value to their neighbors – from learning more about conservation practices and how to grow your own food to the importance of farm safety and accessible broadband for everyone,” said Isabella Chism, INFB 2nd vice president.

Below is the list of recipients and their programs:

•             Benton County Farm Bureau.

The award helps to expand upon the annual Historical Conservation Agricultural Tour of Big Pine Creek Watershed. The program intends to encourage and expand more practical conservation adoption in the county.

•             Clinton County Farm Bureau.

The grant goes towards the purchase of an enclosed trailer used as a traveling, interactive exhibit to teach children and adults about livestock.

•             DeKalb County Farm Bureau.

The award goes towards an ag safety program, specifically geared towards grain bin safety. The events raise awareness of the dangers of grain bin entrapment.

•             Floyd County Farm Bureau.

The grant is applied towards growing kits of seeds and soil for fifth graders in the county. The project is in partnership with Purdue Extension Floyd County. The extension educators worked with school officials to create lessons that teachers used in the classroom to educate students on agriculture and fighting food insecurity.

•             Rush County Farm Bureau.

The money is being used in a campaign to collect internet speed test data in Rush County, designed to showcase areas which are underserved when it comes to reliable broadband access. The data helped Rush County receive better status for rural development grants. Reliable internet is a key legislative issue for the Indiana Farm Bureau.