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AgrIInstitute Inc. Endowment

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Purpose of Fund
The purpose of the Fund shall be to provide unrestricted financial support to AgrIInstitute, Inc. currently located in Danville, Indiana. Learn more about AgrIInstitue here.

History of Fund

In 1982, a study proposing the creation of the Indiana Institute of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition (IIAFN) was presented to agricultural leaders in the state. At the same time, another group of active agricultural leaders discussed the need to establish a leadership training and skill development program for young established farmers. The evolution of both of these efforts led to the creation of the Indiana Institute of Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition; incorporated in December, 1982 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose purpose was to develop educational and charitable opportunities in the fields of agriculture, food, and nutrition. In 2006, the organization was rebranded as  AgrIInsitute. The mission of AgrIInstitute is to prepare leaders to advance agriculture.

The Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program is the keystone program of the Institute. The first class of this program began their study in 1983 with thirty individuals. Since that time over 440 individuals have completed the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program (ALP) and have gone on to serve in influential leadership roles in their community, have led the agriculture trade and membership organizations at all levels, have served in elected positions at local and state levels, and provided effective leadership in national roles to advance agriculture. The 17th class of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership program will begin in July, 2016. Including members in the ALP Class 2017, twelve Putnam County residences have participated in the ALP. 

The investment in each participant of ALP is approximately $15,000. Each class member pays a tuition of $5000 for participation in the two-year program. AgrIInstitute donors invest an additional $10,000 in each participant for this program. These donations come from corporations and individuals who believe that the future of agriculture is dependent on a well-connected, strong leadership on all fronts. The agricultural industry is critically important in every community of Indiana. In order to ensure the long term financial stability of AgrIInstitute and ALP, endowed funds are being created in local Community Foundations across Indiana. This strategy allows the dollars to stay locally invested while at the same time building the leadership capacity of agriculture throughout Indiana. 


The AgrIInstitute fund of Putnam County Community Foundation was created in 2015 by the graduates of the Indiana Agricultural Leadership Program living in Putnam County. The Fund supports the operations of AgrIInstitute to help ensure that the ALP will be available to continue to build strong leadership for the Putnam County residents involved in agriculture.


Front Row left to right: Elaine Peck, Jane Huge, Beth Archer, and Ken Eitel

Back Row left to right: Todd Lewis, Todd Masten, Keith Berry, and Ron Birt







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