Harvest conditions look set for a good harvest this fall, as some Jackson County farmers are already starting to hull corn and pick soybeans.
The Jackson County Community Foundation invites farmers in the area to participate in the annual Donate Grain program. Their donations support the foundation and the community in general.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Weekly Crop Report of September 7, 57% of Hoosier State’s corn production is rated as good and 14% as excellent. Likewise, 57% of the soybean fields in Indiana are rated as good and 10% as excellent.
Farmers can contribute grain for the benefit of the area’s farming community through the Premier Companies / Bob Myers Memorial Scholarship, the CB Hess 4-H Memorial Scholarship, and the Jackson County Veterinary Scholarship.
Or they can donate to the foundation’s community endowments, which benefit the fall grant cycle and the impact grant program, said foundation president and CEO Dan Davis.
Tractor enthusiasts who have no grain to donate to the program can also participate in the Green vs.Red Face to Face contest. A $ 25 donation to the Jackson County Community Endowment, for example, allows the donor to vote for their favorite line of equipment. A donation of $ 100 entitles the donor to five votes.
Another option available to donors is to create a new unrestricted endowment on behalf of themselves, their family or their farm which would also provide income for future grants.
D and B Pfaffenberger and Sons Grain of Seymour plan to donate to the program again this year. The donation responds to a family obligation, said Mike Pfaffenberger.
“Our family is determined to give back,” he said. “We are blessed, good or bad years, and we feel the need to give back and help others. Good or bad, we all need to give something.
The Pfaffenberger donation was intended for the Jackson County Community Endowment, which helps fund the fall grant cycle. In terms of Green against Red, the family generally supports the Red team.
Hamilton Township farmer Donald Schnitker expects to donate grain again this fall. Her donation will support the Green Team and will go to the Orville and Mary Schnitker Memorial Endowment.
“I think it’s a unique way for a farmer to give to the foundation,” said Schnitker, who joined the foundation’s board in April. “Instead of just donating money, I donate part of what I do.”
Participating in Grain Donation is easy. Farmers can tell their grain silo that a particular load of corn or soybeans is being donated to the foundation. The elevator in turn sells the grain for the foundation. Donate Grain donors can benefit by avoiding the sale of the donated grain in their farm income, which can save them money on their federal and state income tax bills.
Participating grain elevators include Bundy Brothers in Medora, Premier Companies in Brownstown and Cortland, Tampico Grain near Crothersville, and Rose Acre Farms west of Cortland.
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For more information on the Head-to-Head Green vs. Red, the Donate Grain program or its companion program, Donate Cattle, call 812-523-4483 or email [email protected]