This summer, young people from across our state will come together
to build a sustainable, secure food future for Ohio.

The population is growing. Concerns over food security and the future of the agriculture industry are growing.

Our Solution: Create a sustainable future today.
Create the workforce the future agriculture industry needs today by encouraging young people to think critically about the food and farm industry and the issues associated with providing safe and sustainable food and fiber.
That is exactly what our one of a kind science camp does: ExploreAg introduces students to the various careers in science, engineering and technology in the food and fiber industry and engages them in actively pursuing career paths that can help them become a part of the sustainable future of agriculture. ExploreAg is open to students from varied backgrounds, with diverse skills and interests, and provides them with an opportunity to explore and understand available career paths in the agriculture and food industries.
Our goal is that your student's time at ExploreAg will lead them to discover a passion they may not have considered yet.

Ohio is projected to have 18,000 new jobs in agriculture through 2020
Many of them will be innovative, cutting-edge jobs shaped by this generation
The Challenge: Unfilled Ag Jobs: Today and Tomorrow
According to a recent study by Land O'Lakes, interest in careers in Agriculture is relatively low, 6% compared to Healthcare and Technology which tie at 21% or responses 
Only 3% of college graduates have or would consider a career in Agriculture
9% of millennials have or would consider a career in agriculture 
The Solution: A Camp Like No Other

The ExploreAg program is a week-long experience where high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors interact with and learn from internationally known teachers, scientists, and researchers. Students are hosted on campus at the Ohio State University, and are introduced to various aspects of agriculture both in the classroom and through diverse hands-on learning experiences, both on and off campus.

Subject areas include food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology, and agricultural business.

In addition to the classroom experience, scholars will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research, and introduce industry partners, to provide scholars with a glimpse of innovative careers in related fields.

ExploreAg offers two sessions:
June 10-15, 2018 OSU Main Campus (Columbus)
June 17-22, 2018 ATI Campus (Wooster)

Draft Schedule
Change Your Future: Apply Today
The ExploreAg program is completely free for students.
-Supervision is provided at all times by faculty, staff, and six program counselors.
-Applications are due April 29
-Campers will be notified of selection in early May.
Scholars are selected through a competitive application process requiring:
-three names and email addresses of three recommenders with their application. Recommenders will receive automated instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. If they do not receive this email, please contact Foundation staff at [email protected].
-a resume 
-2-minute video application showing how applicant explores science through their connection to food.
*campers selected will be asked to provide a deposit of $50 that will be returned the week of camp

Program costs, which include on-campus accommodations, meals, staffing, course supplies, program materials, and transportation, have been generously sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation as a part of their vision to create a strong farm and food community for all Ohioans. The Foundation believes strongly in inspiring innovation through the provision of scholarships for programs that allow individuals to increase their knowledge of agriculture, share ideas, and improve people's lives through a strong food and farm future.

Apply Here

A Program of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation
280 N. High Street 6th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

P: (614) 249 - 2400