The DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture was established in 1986 as a 501 (c) (3) not- for-profit organization to accept tax deductible donations for charitable, scientific, literacy and educational work in the field of agriculture. The Farm Bureau Board of Directors had the vision to develop the Foundation to fund programs important to agriculture.
The Foundation is a separate entity from the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, with its own board and directives. The Foundation is administered by the Foundation Board of Directors and Farm Bureau staff. Directors have a vested interest in agriculture and are elected for three-year terms.
The uniqueness about the Foundation is its relationship to the Farm Bureau organization that has been in existence for over 100 years, complete with a strong heritage, solid footing, and the promise of being here for many years to come.
What distinguishes the Farm Bureau Foundation from other charitable organizations is its core values revolve around agriculture. The Foundation funds projects that are ag-related and promote education and outreach in our community.
The Foundation has supported projects which:
- Infuse agriculture into classroom programs with students and teachers
- Provide scholarships to students studying agriculture, science, and other fields of interest
- Encourage education and research designed to improve crop and livestock production
- Conduct agricultural seminars for educational, scientific and leadership purposes
- Document historical developments of Farm Bureau and the agricultural industry
The Foundation accepts charitable contributions of cash, property, farmland, ag commodities, stocks, bonds and securities as well as legacy gifts such as life insurance and trusts.
DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation Board Members:
Mark Tuttle, Chairman
Paul Schweitzer, Vice Chairman
John Ward, Secretary/Treasurer