AgCredit distributes funds

FOSTORIA — AgCredit, one of northern Ohio’s largest lenders for farmers, rural homeowners and agribusiness, today announced that it is awarding $121,000 in Mission Fund grants to 23 community organizations in support of their efforts to improve the quality of life in communities primarily within the cooperative’s 18-county service territory.

Now in its fifth year, the Mission Fund supports AgCredit’s commitment to investing in the future of agriculture and positively impacting the quality of life in rural Ohio. Recipients were selected based on their proposals to meet criteria in one or more of four key areas: Education, environment, technology and quality of rural life.

Following are AgCredit’s 2022 Mission Fund grant local recipients: Fort Jennings Volunteer Fire Department, $5,000, Putnam County; Kalida Volunteer Fire Department, $5,000, Putnam County; Parkway FFA, $5,000, Mercer County; Van Wert County Ag Society, $9,000, Van Wert County; and Van Wert Soil and Water Conservation District, $1,000, Van Wert County.

Organizations may apply for Mission Fund grants of up to $15,000 per year. The 2023 application process will begin in March, and funds will be distributed by Dec. 31. For more information about the lending cooperative or the Mission Fund, visit

Dean Brown joined The Lima News in 2022 as a reporter. Prior to The Lima News, Brown was an English teacher in Allen County for 38 years, with stops at Perry, Shawnee, Spencerville and Heir Force Community School. So they figured he could throw a few sentences together about education and business in the area. An award-winning photographer, Brown likes watching old black and white movies, his dog, his wife and kids, and the four grandkids - not necessarily in that order. Reach him at [email protected] or 567-242-0409.