Gift of Grain Fund to Benefit Agricultural Nonprofits
By Maura TeynorMarch 8, 2022
(Gift of Grain Committee from left to right: Donnie Clark, Jess Eilenfeld, Christy Keith, and Adam Staley, not pictured, Brian Alt.)
The Richland County Foundation Gift of Grain Fund Committee recently held its inaugural meeting.
The Committee members are Brian Alt, farmer, Donnie Clark, owner of Elzy Milling and Trade, Jess Eilenfeld, Ohio Department of Agriculture Meat Inspector, Christy Keith, Richland County Fair Board member, and Adam Staley, Clear Fork High School vocational agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor.
A Gift of Grain Fund was established by the Board of Trustees to accept donations from area farmers and donors, and it provided an initial $15,000 to seed the fund. The Committee will vet and award grants to agricultural nonprofit organizations. The first grants will be made either later this year or early in 2023.
Farmers looking to minimize their tax liability while contributing to their community can donate crops to the Foundation at a local elevator. Accounts are set up at Centerra Co-op in Mansfield and Sunrise Cooperative in Crestline. Additional elevators will be added as donation sites for the Gift of Grain Fund.
Farmers should consult with their tax advisor to determine whether a donation of commodities is appropriate to their tax situation.
For details on how to make a Gift of Grain, including the producer letter, go to the Giving Tab.