Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

April 4, 2013

Ag Field of Interest Fund continues to grow

Fund reaches $100,000 milestone

Brent Brown
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — A regular meeting of the Decatur County Community Foundation’s (DCCF) Ag Committee was preceded with a celebration Thursday morning at the Foundation’s office.

But it wasn’t the butter cream topping on a shared freshly-baked treat that proved to be the proverbial “icing on the cake.”

DCCF Ag Committee member David Miers, a recent winner of the 2013 Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities contest, donated his $2500 award from that endeavor into the DCCF’s Ag Field of Interest Fund, accompanied by several other committee members as well as a representative from Purdue University’s Center for Regional Development (PCRD) Cooperative Extension Service.

That monetary award allowed the Ag Field of Interest Fund to reach a new milestone: The fund has now obtained donations in excess of $100,000 — $100,066.33 to be exact — since its inception in 2008.

Miers was joined by fellow committee members Steve Gauck, Dan Wilson, Roland Shirk, Dale Crites and Jay Hatton, who preceded their meeting with a photo opportunity in the accompaniment of DCCF Executive Director Deb Locke and PCRD Assistant Director Scott Hutcheson.

The impressive tally was the work of hundreds of individuals over the course of the last five years, who have made monetary donations to the Field of Interest Fund, as well as the annual Harvest a Row program and the Ag Committee’s biennial breakfast events. The fund allows for the dissemination of a grant to local organizations who further the field of agriculture in some manner. Last year’s winner, for instance, was the North Decatur FFA program.

At present, the fund has $2800 reserved to be used for a grant in the near future.

All that’s needed now are applicants.

Those groups interested in applying for a grant through the DCCF Ag Field of Interest Fund should do so by June 7. Questions can be directed to Deb Locke at 812-662-6364.

In the meantime, the Ag Committee is focused on seeing the program grow in a manner akin to Hoosier corn in midsummer. The more money donated, committee members discussed Thursday, allows for more funds to be distributed via grants.

The group’s brief meeting allowed Hutcheson and committee members to discuss the state of education and work-readiness among youth soon to enter college or the job market. They also took the opportunity to pool ideas on maximizing the potential of students in the community. At Purdue, Hutcheson said, “Strategic Doing” has replaced “Strategic Planning,” an ideal to which the Ag Committee appeared committed.

The members also listened to a short presentation by Rachel Sullivan of Ivy Tech, who touted her institution’s many ag-related courses. Several of those classes are or soon will be able to be taken in Greensburg.

Not present at Thursday’s meeting were active Ag Committee members Scott Sanders, Scott Smith, Wade Whipple and Dave Bennett.



Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056