Mission and Values

About CIFT


Mission

CIFT is a developer and provider of technical innovations and solutions for the food processing, agribusiness, and agricultural sectors of the economy in our region, our state, and beyond.

These innovations and solutions are developed in order to enhance the economic performance of the food processing and agricultural sectors, and create and retain new jobs within the industry.

Values

Relevance.

Programs and delivery mechanisms will be selected and developed on the basis of their relevance to the industry.

 

Value.

Areas of focus and specific models for delivering service will be selected to maximize value to the industry.

 

Agility.

In recognition of the fact that changes occur rapidly in our target industries, CIFT will always strive to maintain the ability to recognize and adapt to change.

 

Measureability.

Will undertake only those initiatives for which a clear cut method for measuring results and impacts can be developed.

 

Efficiency.

Constantly strive to create programs, delivery models, outreach efforts, and projects that make the most efficient use of the financial resources that are provided by its customers, clients, and other benefactors.


   

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Director of Industry Development

CIFT is seeking a Director of Industry Development to manage its agricultural business program along with developing partnerships and projects within the industry.  Director will be responsible for overseeing CIFT’s small business program, marketing activities and its staff members.  Qualified candidate will have experience in applying new technology to existing agricultural businesses, identifying businesses to commercialize newly patented technologies, develop innovative approaches to expanding agribusinesses and evaluate methods for expanding business opportunities.  Identify, pursue, and interact with growers, established agri-businesses, commodity groups, technology acceleration programs, academic and research representatives, and federal agencies.  Develop fee for service programs to capitalize on expertise.

In addition to industry experience, CIFT prefers a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Agriculture Science, Engineering, or Business with a focus on Agriculture.  An advanced degree is desired but not required.  Grant writing experience preferable to assist in the pursuit of additional funding streams to support initiatives. The successful candidate will also need extensive business connections and relationships with agricultural, food processing, and other agri-business companies and entities throughout Ohio.

The position is Toledo-based but will require extensive travel within Ohio.  Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.  Send resume with cover letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

Agribusiness Development Specialist

CIFT is seeking an experienced individual in the agricultural business field.  The qualified candidate will have experience in applying new technology to existing agricultural businesses, identifying businesses to commercialize newly patented technologies, develop innovative approaches to expanding agribusinesses and evaluate methods for expanding business opportunities.  Interactions with growers, established agri-businesses, commodity groups, academic and research representatives, and federal agencies are critical.


In addition to industry experience, CIFT prefers a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Agriculture Science, Engineering, or Business with a focus on Agriculture.  An advanced degree is desired but not required.  The successful candidate will also need extensive business connections and relationships with agricultural, food processing, and other agri-business companies and entities throughout Ohio.


The position is Toledo-based but will require extensive travel within Ohio.  Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.  Send resume with cover letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Marketing and Communications Assistant

CIFT is looking for someone to assist our Manager, Marketing and Communications and this department with its functions, duties, activities, and events for CIFT and its programs.  

Duties would include but not limited to:

  • Assist in the production of press releases, success stories, marketing reports, and promotional materials both printed and electronic. 
  • Monitor and tend to all social media aspects and websites.  
  • Assist with organizing events and functions by lining up speakers, venues, catering and supplies needed to ensure its success.  
  • Research and evaluate potential marketing opportunities.  
  • Assist and support initiatives and other staff members as assigned.  

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, public relations or business is preferred along with 1-3 years professional experience. 
  • Proven written and oral communication skills.
  • Comprehension of basic technical and food/agricultural subjects.

This position is part time and benefits are not provided.  Position is based in our Toledo office and will require some travel within northwest Ohio.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  Send resume with cover letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action
CIFT is committed to continually improving the recruitment, employment, and promotional opportunities for minorities and women. This commitment is integrated into the principles of the organization with the development of the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policy.

It is the official policy of CIFT to:

  • Recruit, hire, train and promote into all job classifications the most qualified persons without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or status as a veteran;
  • Base decisions on employment so as to further the principles of equal opportunity;
  • Make employment and promotional decisions using reasonable standards based on the individual’s qualifications as they relate to a particular job vacancy and to the advancement of equal employment opportunity;
  • Ensure that all other personnel actions, such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoff, company sponsored training, education, tuition assistance, social and recreational programs will be administered without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or status as a veteran.


This policy encompasses both the desire and the obligation of CIFT when conducting its business even when such business is not with a government agency or contractor who imposes equal opportunity clauses in its contracts.

CIFT is committed to the objectives of equal employment opportunity and expect the cooperation and participation of all employees, contractors and vendors in achieving these objectives.


   

Privacy Policy

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The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) respects your right to privacy.  This policy summarizes what personally identifiable information we may collect, and how we might use this information.  This policy also describes other important topics relating to your privacy.


CIFT Global Internet Privacy Policy
It is CIFT policy to comply with all applicable privacy and data protection laws.  This commitment reflects the value we place on earning and keeping the trust of our employees, customers, business partners and others who share their personal information with us.


This Global Internet Privacy Policy (this Policy) describes how CIFT protects your privacy when we collect personal information on the CIFT Internet Site.  As used in this Policy, the term personal information means information that identifies you personally, alone or in combination with other information available to us.

This Policy applies, in general, to all Internet sites operated by or on behalf of CIFT.


Your Consent

By using the CIFT Internet Site or providing personal information to us, you are consenting to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Policy.


If you do not consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information as described in this Policy, do not use the CIFT Internet Site or CIFT forms.


Limitations on the Collection, Use and Disclosure of Personal Information

To the extent required by applicable law, whenever CIFT collects personal information on a CIFT Internet Site, CIFT will:


* provide timely and appropriate notice to you about its data practices;
* collect, use, disclose and transfer your personal information only with your consent, which may be express or implied, depending on the sensitivity of the personal information, legal requirements, and other factors;
* collect your personal information only for specific, limited purposes.  The information we collect will be relevant, adequate and not excessive for the purposes for which it is collected;
* process your personal information in a manner consistent with the purposes for which it was originally collected or to which you have subsequently consented;
* take commercially reasonable steps to ensure that your personal information is reliable for its intended use, accurate, complete, and, where necessary, kept up-to-date;
* not use your personal information for direct marketing purposes without giving you an opportunity to opt-out; and
* take appropriate measures, by contract or otherwise, to provide adequate protection for personal information that is disclosed to a third party or transferred to another country, including transfers within CIFT.


Information Collected on the CIFT Internet Site and How It May be Used

When you access and use a CIFT Internet Site, there are three ways we may collect information about you:

1. Information Sent to Us by Your Web Browser

CIFT collects information that is sent to us automatically by your web browser.  This information yypically includes the IP address of your Internet service provider, the name of your operating system (such as Macintosh or Windows) and the name and version of your browser (such as Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer).  The information we receive depends on the settings on your web browser.  Please check your browser if you want to learn what information your browser sends or how to change your settings.

The information provided by your browser does not identify you personally.  We use this information to create statistics that help us improve our sites and make them more compatible with the technology used by our Internet visitors.

2. Information Collected By Placing a Cookie On Your Computer
CIFT may obtain information about you by installing a tag on your computers hard drive.  This tag is known as a cookie.

The CIFT Internet Site may use session cookies.  A session cookie is used to tag your computer with a computer-generated, unique identifier when you access our site.  A session cookie does not identify you personally and expires after you close your browser.  We use session cookies to collect statistical information about the ways visitors use our sites which pages they visit, which links they use, and how long they stay on each page.  We analyze this information (known as clickstream data) in statistical form to better understand our visitors interests and needs to improve the content and functionality of our sites.

The CIFT Internet Site also may use persistent cookies.  These cookies do not expire when you close your browser; they stay on your computer until you delete them.  By assigning your computer a unique identifier, we are able to create a database of your previous choices and preferences, and in situations where these choices or preferences need to be collected again, they can be provided by us automatically, saving you time and effort.  If a CIFT Internet Site uses persistent cookies we will notify you in the Privacy Statement posted on that site.

If you do not wish to receive cookies, you may set your browser to reject cookies or to alert you when a cookie is placed on your computer.  Although you are not required to accept cookies when you visit a CIFT Internet Site, you may be unable to use all of the functionality of the site if your browser rejects our cookies.

3. Information You Knowingly and Voluntarily Provide

CIFT collects the information you knowingly and voluntarily provide when you use a CIFT Internet Site, for example, the information you provide when you sign up to receive an e-mail newsletter, when you complete a survey, or when you ask us a question or email us with feedback.  In many cases this information will be personal information.

CIFT uses this information for the purposes for which you provide it.  For example, if you provide your e-mail address when you sign up to receive an e-mail newsletter, we use your e-mail address to deliver the e-mail alerts you request.

We may also use the information we collect on CIFT Internet Sites for various business purposes such as customer service, fraud prevention, market research, improving our services, and providing you and your company with information and offers we believe may be of interest to you.  We may also remove all the personally identifiable information and use the rest for historical, statistical or scientific purposes.

The information input pages on the CIFT Internet Site may permit you to make choices about the use of your personal information.  In most cases, we ask you to indicate your choices at the time and on the page where you provide your personal information.


Sharing Personal Information

CIFT will not sell personal information collected from its Internet sites to mailing list brokers.


CIFT may share your personal information with other CIFT business units.  When we do so, these other CIFT business units will use your information in a manner consistent with the purposes for which it was originally collected (or to which you subsequently consented) and only as permitted under this Policy and all applicable privacy and data protection laws.

CIFT may also share your personal information with third parties we hire to perform support services for us.  These third parties are required to use the personal information we share with them only to perform services on our behalf and to treat your personal information as strictly confidential.

In some cases, CIFT may share your personal information with third parties who partner with us to provide products and services to our customers.  When we do so, we will require our business partners to use the personal information we share with them in a manner consistent with the purposes for which it was originally collected (or to which you subsequently consented) and only as permitted under this Policy and all applicable privacy and data protection laws.

In certain, limited circumstances we may share or transfer personal information to unrelated third parties.  For example, we may provide personal information to a third party (i) at your request; (ii) to comply with a legal requirement or court order; (iii) to investigate a possible crime, such as identity theft; (iv) in connection with the sale, purchase, merger, reorganization, liquidation or dissolution of CIFT or a CIFT business unit; or (v) under similar circumstances.  If such an event occurs, we will take appropriate steps to protect your personal information.

The CIFT Internet Site may permit you to make choices about the disclosure and/or transfer of your personal information.  In most cases, we ask you to indicate your choices at the time and on the page where you provide your personal information.


Security of Personal Information

Your personal information will generally be stored in CIFT databases or databases maintained by our service providers.  These databases are stored on servers located in the United States.


CIFT maintains reasonable safeguards to protect the confidentiality, security and integrity of your personal information.  Although we use security measures to help protect your personal information against unauthorized disclosure, misuse or alteration, as is the case with all computer networks linked to the Internet, we cannot guarantee the security of information provided over the Internet and will not be responsible for breaches of security beyond our reasonable control.


Links to Third Party Internet Sites

The CIFT Internet Site may contain links to Internet sites that are not operated by CIFT.  These links are provided as a service and do not imply any endorsement of the activities or content of these sites, nor any association with their operators.  CIFT does not control these Internet sites and is not responsible for their content, security, or privacy practices.  We urge you to review the privacy policy posted on websites you visit before using the site or providing personal information.



Retention of Personal Information
CIFT retains the personal information collected on CIFT Internet Sites as long as necessary to provide the services and information you request or as permitted by applicable law.



Questions about this Policy or our Privacy Statements

If you have any questions about this Policy or a Country or website Privacy Statement or our use of your personal information, please contact us using our Contact Us page on this site.


Change to this Policy and our Privacy Statements

CIFT reserves the right to update or modify this Policy, at any time and without prior notice, by posting the revised version of this Policy on our CIFT Internet Sites.  If we modify this Policy or any Privacy Statement, the modifications will only apply to the personal information we collect after we have posted the revised Policy or Privacy Statement on the CIFT Internet site.

   

View CIFT staff

About CIFT

 

Rebecca Singer
President and CEO
       

Kathy Hermiller
Vice President, Finance and Administration





Shari Plimpton, Ph.D.
Vice President, Director of Food Industry Programs



Jim Konecny
Manager, Marketing and Communications

 

 





Paula Ray
Small Business Coordinator




Troy Wildermuth
Director of Manufacturing
Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership





Stacy Vernon
Project Manager



Cathy Witte
Food Market and Technology Analyst






John Harkness
Manufacturing Engineer



Nancy Hansen
Database Administrator/Administrative Assistant




Mike Gooden
Business Development and Supply Chain Analyst


Holly Clapp
Accounting Clerk and Human Resources



Isabel Montez

Outreach Technician











Communicate with a member of our team through the Contact Us page.



   

View Governing Board Members of CIFT

About CIFT

  

Mr. Charlie Carr, retired, The Andersons

Mr. Michael E. Dockins, Fraser Clemens Martin & Miller

Mr. Julian Gravino, retired, EISC president & CEO

Mr. Bob Grote, Grote Company

Mr. Dale Hart, Cooper Farms

Mr. Jerry Hayes, Defiance County Economic Development

Mr. William J. Hirzel, Hirzel Canning Co. and Farms

Mr. Carl Knueven, Jones-Hamilton Co.

Mr. Don Mennel, The Mennel Milling Company


Mr. Mark D. Sandridge, Sandridge Food Corporation, Chairman



   

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CIFT Resources

The Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) has assisted federal and state agencies in conducting outreach encouraging and educating agribusinesses on the availability of various funding sources.  Equally, CIFT works with applicants to review, plan, prepare and submit proposals for agricultural projects and enterprises.  Securing funds enhances the implementation of value-added agriculture within the state of Ohio and establishes opportunities for advancement.

Grants.gov is a great source to find and apply for federal government grants.  The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proud to be the managing partner for Grants.gov, an initiative that is having an unparalleled impact on the grant community.  Learn more about Grants.gov and determine if you are eligible for grant opportunities offered on this site.

A Quick Reference Guide to Growth Financing was established to assist Manufacturing Extension Partnership (commonly called MEP) centers, field staff, and interested partenrs to better understand some general financial options, programs and techniques for small and medium-sized enterprises and clients companies in pursuing growth-oriented strategies.

In addition, CIFT has compiled a list of potential funding resources whch are listed below.  (Know that this is not a comprehensive listing, but it is a representative sampling of available funding resources.)


Please click on the desired grant or loan for additional details.

 



166 Regional Loan Program

Funding Source:  Ohio Department of Development
Grant Description:  The Ohio 166 Regional Loan financing Program provides loans for businesses locating or expanding in Northwest Ohio who demonstrate that they will create or retain new jobs.
Who is Eligible:  Eligible borrowers include any operating business entity which demonstrates that its fixed asset expansion project will create jobs in Northwest Ohio. This loan program may lend funds to any for-profit business engaged in manufacturing, distribution, or commerce, excluding retail.
Grant Value:  Max $350,000. The maximum participation in any one project cannot exceed 40 percent.  Actual participation based on additional criteria.
Deadline:  N/A
For more details:  Visit the Ohio Department of Development website
Comments:  Additional information is published on the development financing page at the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority website.


Basic 7(a) Loan Guaranty
 

Funding Source:  US Small Business Administration (SBA)
Grant Description:  Guaranteed loans made to small businesses by lenders. Can be used for most sound business purposes including working capital, machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures, land and building, etc.
Who is Eligible:  Qualified small businesses who may not be eligible for business loans through normal lending channels.
Grant Value:  Max $2 million
Deadline:  N/A
For more details:  View the Small Business Administration (SBA) website


Business and Industry Guaranteed Loans

Funding Source:  USDA - Rural Development
Grant Description:  Helps create jobs and stimulates rural economies by providing financial backing for rural businesses. This program provides guarantees up to 80 percent of a loan made by a commercial lender.
Who is Eligible:  Virtually any legally organized entity, including a cooperative, corporation, partnership, trust or other profit or nonprofit entity, Indian tribe or Federally recognized tribal group, municipality, county, or other political subdivision of a State.
Grant Value:  Max $25 million for individuals; Max $40 million for cooperatives
Deadline:  N/A
For more details:  View the USDA - Rural Development website
Comments:  Applications must be made through your state Rural Development Office.  For a list of offices, click here.


Business Ventures

Funding Source:  Farm Credit Services of Mid America
Grant Description:  Loans and leases for a business or other venture not directly related to agriculture (i.e., purchasing a veterinary clinic, small manufacturing facility, restaurant).  Financing also available for farm processing, servicing, and marketing-related enterprises.
Who is Eligible:  Full or part-time farmers located in Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky (except Jackson Purchase area), or Ohio (except Lucas, Wood, Hancock, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Crawford, Wyandot and Marion counties).
Grant Value:  Based on credit worthiness and total value of agricultural assets.
Deadline:  N/A
For more details:  View the Farm Credit Services of Mid America website
 

Certified Development Company 504 Loan Program

Funding Source:  US Small Business Administration (SBA)
Grant Description:  Provides growing businesses with long-term, fixed-rate financing for fixed asset projects such as: purchasing land and improvements, including existing buildings, etc.
Who is Eligible:  Small for-profit businesses; job creation and retention criteria.
Grant Value:  Max $4 million
Deadline:  N/A
For more details:  View the Small Business Administration (SBA) website
Comments:  Additional information is published on the Development Financing page at the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority website.


Direct and Guaranteed Farm Ownership and Operating Loans

Funding Source:  USDA - Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Grant Description:  FSA makes direct and guaranteed farm ownership (FO) and operating loans (OL) to purchase land, livestock, equipment, feed, seed, and supplies.
Who is Eligible:  Family-size farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain commercial credit from a bank, Farm Credit System institution, or other lender.
Grant Value:  Direct - Max $300,000; Guaranteed - Max $949,000
Deadline:  N/A
For more details:  View the USDA - Farm Service Agency (FSA) website
  

Down Payment Farm Ownership Ownership Program

Funding Source:  USDA - Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Grant Description:  Assists beginning farmers and ranchers to purchase a farm or ranch.  This program also provides a means for retiring farmers and ranchers to transfer their land to a future generation.
Who is Eligible:  A beginning farmer or rancher who has not operated a farm or ranch for more than 10 years and meets the loan eligibility requirements.
Grant Value:  Lesser of: 45 percent of:  (a) the purchase price of the farm or ranch acquired; (b) the appraised value of the farm or ranch acquired; (c) $500,000; this results in a maximum loan of $225,000.
Deadline:  N/A
For more details:  View the USDA - Farm Service Agency (FSA) website 
Comments:
  Access website or contact your local FSA office.


Farm Real Estate

Funding Source:  Farm Credit Services of Mid America
Grant Description:  Funding to purchase a farm, refinance a current mortgage, expanding or making long-term improvements on your farm.
Who is Eligible:  Must be a farm producer, own agricultural land, or be engaged in the production of agricultural products and must be located in Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky (except Jackson Purchase area), or Ohio (except Lucas, Wood, Hancock, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Crawford, Wyandot and Marion counties).
Grant Value:  Based on credit need and approval.
Deadline:  N/A
For more details:  View the Farm Credit Services of Mid America website
 

Farmer Rancher Grant Program

Funding Source:  USDA North Central Region (NCR) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program
Grant Description:  Competitive grants to farmers and ranchers for on-farm research, demonstration, and education projects.
Who is Eligible:  Any farmer/rancher or group of farmers/ranchers whose project will benefit the North Central Region at least as much as other parts of the world may apply.
Grant Value:  Max - Individual $6,000; Group $18,000
Deadline:  August - Call for Proposals; December - Proposals Due; March - Authors Notified on Status of Proposal; April - Funds Available to Recipients
 

Financial Services and Loans

Funding Source:  AgCredit
Grant Description:  Member-owned agricultural lending cooperative servicing agriculturally-related enterprises for real estate, farm improvement, equipment, and operating loans.
Who is Eligible:  Full-time farmers, part-time farmers, and businesses which process or market agricultural products. AgCredit serves 18 counties in northwest and northcentral Ohio.
Grant Value:
  Based on credit need and approval.
Deadline:  N/A
Access website or contact your local AgCredit branch office.


Food Systems and Rural Development Grants

Funding Source:  W. K. Kellogg Foundation
Grant Description:  The Kellogg Foundation makes grants to organizations that embrace a similar mission of creating communities, systems,and nations in which all children have an equitable and promising future - one in which all children thrive.  Our grants will fund programs and projects that support children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.
Who is Eligible:  Organization or institution, as well as the purpose of the proposed project, must qualify under regulations of the United States Internal Revenue Service.
Deadline:  N/A
For more details:  View the W. K. Kellogg Foundation website
 

Intermediary Relending Program

Funding Source:  USDA - Rural Development
Grant Description:  To finance business facilities and community development projects in rural areas.  Intermediaries re-lend funds to ultimate recipients for business facilities or community development.
Who is Eligible:  Intermediaries may be private non-profit corporations, public agencies, Indian groups, or cooperatives.  Ultimate recipients may be private or public organizations or individuals.  Both intermediaries and ultimate recipients must be unable to obtain the proposed loan elsewhere at reasonable rates and terms.
Grant Value:  Max Intermediary $750,000; Ultimate Recipient $250,000
Deadline:  N/A
For more details:  View the USDA - Rural Development website
Comments:  Applications must be made through your state Rural Development Office.  For a list of offices, please click here.


Micro-Loans

Funding Source:  US Small Business Administration (SBA)
Grant Description:  Provides very small loans to start-up, newly established, or growing small business concerns.
Who is Eligible:  Funds available to nonprofit community based lenders (intermediaries) which, in turn, make loans to eligible borrowers.
Grant Value:  Max $35,000
Deadline:  N/A
For more details:  View the Small Business Administration (SBA) website
 

Operating Loans

Funding Source:  Farm Credit Services of Mid America
Grant Description:  Funding to purchase day-to-day farming operation needs including crops, labor, family living expenses, or livestock purchases.
Who is Eligible:  Must be a farm producer, own agricultural land, or be engaged in the production of agricultural products and must be located in Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky (except Jackson Purchase area), or Ohio (except Lucas, Wood, Hancock, Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca, Crawford, Wyandot and Marion counties).
Grant Value:  Based on credit need and approval.
Deadline:  N/A
For more details:  View the Farm Credit Services of Mid America website
www.e-farmcredit.com/FarmLoans/OperatingLoans/tabid/135/Default.aspx


Professional Development Grant Program

Funding Source:  USDA North Central Region (NCR) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program
Grant Description:  Supports state professional development programs and competitive grants that train agriculture educators.
Who is Eligible:  Land grant extension services, non-profit organizations and other organizations that train educators in sustainable agriculture are eligible to apply.
Grant Value:  Max $70,000
Deadline:  March - Call for Pre-Proposals; Mid-May - Pre-Proposals Due; End of June - Authors Notified of Pre-Proposal Status; End of August- Full Proposals Due; November - Funding Decisions Made.
 

Promotional Funding

Funding Source:  Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
Grant Description:  Requests may be made for funding for the promotion of a sustainable agricultural and food system that works with farmers and consumers on issues involving sustainable agriculture and community food security; and counter the actions of public and private sector institutions and corporations that further the concentration of food production and the industrialization of agriculture.
Who is Eligible:  Only tax exempt 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply. No requests will be accepted for endowments, capital construction, general fundraising, deficit financing, scholarships, fellowships, loans or grants to individuals, research, conferences, seminars, media events, workshops, college or university-based programs, television, or media programming development.
Grant Value:  There are no amount guidelines and pre-proposals are accepted year round.  2009 projects averaged $25,000.
Deadline:  N/A
For more details:  View the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation website
 

Research and Education Grants

Funding Source:  USDA North Central Region (NCR) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program
Grant Description:  Competitive grants to researchers and educators involved in projects that explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and fiber systems.
Who is Eligible:  Collaborative teams of scientists, farmers, institutions, organizations, and educators who are exploring sustainable agriculture through in-depth research projects or education/demonstration projects.
Grant Value:  Max $175,000
Deadline:  April - Call for Pre-Proposals; June - Pre-Proposals Due; Early Fall - Authors Notified on Status of Pre-Proposal; Late Fall - Full Proposals Due; March - Funding Decisions Made by NCR-SARE.
 

Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) Program

Funding Source:  USDA - Rural Development
Grant Description:  To finance and facilitate development of small and emerging private business enterprises located in rural areas.  The public bodies, private nonprofit corporations and federally recognized Indian tribes receive the grant to assist a business.  GRANT FUNDS DO NOT GO DIRECTLY TO THE BUSINESS.
Who is Eligible:  Public bodies (including incorporated towns and villages, boroughs, townships, counties, states, authorities, districts), private nonprofit corporations, and Indian Tribes on Federal and State reservations.  The small and emerging businesses to be assisted must have less than 50 new employees and less than $1 million in gross annual revenues.
Grant Value:  Generally, requests for less than $100,000 qualify.
Deadline:  N/A
For more details:  View the USDA - Rural Development website
Comments:  Applications can be obtained and made through your state Rural Development Office.  For a list of offices, please go to www.rurdev.usda.gov/oh/


Rural Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG) Program

Funding Source:  USDA - Rural Development
Grant Description:  To promote sustainable economic development in rural communities by making grants to pay costs of providing economic planning for rural communities, technical assistance for rural businesses, or training for rural entrepreneurs or economic development officials.
Who is Eligible:  Public bodies (including incorporated towns and villages, boroughs, townships, counties, states, authorities, districts), nonprofit corporations, Indian tribes, or cooperatives with members that are primarily rural residents.
Grant Value:  Max of $1.5 million.  The size of grants approved is limited by the amount of program funds available - most are $50,000 or less.
Deadline:  N/A
For more details:  View the USDA - Rural Development website
Comments:  Applications can be obtained and made through your state Rural Development Office.  For a list of offices, please click here.


Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG)

Funding Source:  USDA - Rural Development
Grant Description:  Provides grant funds to electric and telephone utilities financed by the Utilities Programs, to promote sustainable rural economic development and job creation projects through the operation of a revolving loan fund program.
Who is Eligible:  To receive funding under the REDLG Program (which will be forwarded to selected eligible projects) an entity must have borrowed, repaid or prepaid an insured, direct or guaranteed loan received under the Rural Electrification Act; or be a non-profit utility eligible for assistance from the Rural Development Electric or Telecommunication program; be a current Rural Development Electric or Telecommunications Program borrower.
Grant Value:  Max $740,000 / loan; Max $300,000 / grant
Deadline:  Quarterly in September, December, March, and June
For more details:  View the USDA - Rural Development website
 Comments:  Access website or contact your state Rural Development Office.  For a list of offices, please click here.


Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

Funding Source:  USDA - Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Grant Description:  Guarantees loans to approved socially disadvantaged applicants to buy and operate family-size farms and ranches.
Who is Eligible:  A socially disadvantaged (SDA) farmer, rancher, or agricultural producer including women, African Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Grant Value:  Direct Farm Ownership and Operating Loan amounts apply.
Deadline:  N/A
For more details:  View the USDA - Farm Service Agency (FSA) website
 Comments:  Access website or contact your local FSA office.


Value Added Producer Grants (VAPG)


Funding Source:  USDA
Grant Description:  Grants may be used for planning activities and for working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products and for farm-based renewable energy.
Who is Eligible:  Independent producers, farmer and rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups, and majority-controlled producer-based business ventures.
Grant Value:  $100,000 for planning and $300,000 for working capital

Deadline:  November 

Comments:  Access website or contact your state VAPG contact.


Young, Beginning and Small Farmer Financing Programs

Funding Source:  AgCredit
Grant Description:  Provide a means to offer constructive financing and services to young, beginning, and small farmers for on-going needs.
Who is Eligible:  35 or younger, or have less than 10 years farming experience, or normally generate less than $250,000 in annual gross sales of agricultural products.
Grant Value:  Based on credit need and approval.
Deadline:  N/A
 Comments:  Access website or contact your local AgCredit office.


Youth Loans

Funding Source:  USDA - Farm Service Agency (FSA)
Grant Description:  FSA makes loans to individual rural youths to establish and operate income-producing projects of modest size in connection with their participation in 4-H clubs, FFA, and similar organizations.
Who is Eligible:  Citizen of the United States between 10 and 20 years old; live in a town of less than 10,000 people; be unable to obtain a loan from other sources; and conduct a modest income-producing project in a supervised program of work.
Grant Value:  Max $5,000
Deadline:  N/A
For more details:  View the USDA - Farm Service Agency (FSA) website
 Comments:  Access website or contact your local FSA office.

 


   

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advancepierre AdvancePierre Foods
Cincinnati, Ohio
   
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American Dairy Association Mideast
Columbus, Ohio


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Amish Wedding Foods
Millersburg, Ohio


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Avure Technologies
Middletown, Ohio



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Bon Appétit Management Company

Cleveland, Ohio

 



thechefsgarden

The Chef's Garden
Huron, Ohio

 

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Cooper Farms
St. Henry, Ohio

 


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Graminex
Deshler, Ohio



GreatLakesCheese_logo

Great Lakes Cheese Co., Inc.
Hiram, Ohio

grote

Grote Company
Columbus, Ohio


 

Henny_Penny

Henny Penny
Eaton, Ohio

 
 

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Hirzel Canning Company and Farms
Toledo, Ohio



Smuckers_logo

The J.M. Smucker Company
Orrville, Ohio



JonesHamilton_logo

Jones-Hamilton Co.
Walbridge, Ohio



JTM_logo JTM Food Group
Harrison, Ohio
fU8OQq07_400x400 Keller Logistics Group
Defiance, Ohio
 
LakeviewFarms
Lakeview Farms
Delphos, Ohio


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Leader Engineering-Fabrication, Inc.
Napoleon, Ohio




lean_manufacturing_solutions Lean Manufacturing Solutions
Cincinnati, Ohio
 
 
meijer

Meijer
Grandville, Michigan




ocwga

Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association
Delaware, Ohio



ofbf

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation
Columbus, Ohio

  

 
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The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio



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Owens-Illinois
Perrysburg, Ohio

   

RichterInternational_logo

Richter International, Inc.
Columbus, Ohio



 
Rockwell_logo

Rockwell Automation
Mayfield Heights, Ohio



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Rudolph Foods Company
Lima, Ohio





Sandridge_logo

Sandridge Food Corporation
Medina, Ohio

 


synergy

Synergy Flavors
Hamilton, Ohio

 
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The JDI Group, Inc.
Maumee, Ohio



Wornick_Foods

The Wornick Company
Cincinnati, Ohio



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Wyandot Inc.
Marion, Ohio

 

Various Partners in Past Projects


Alvey Washing Equipment

American AirLiquide Corporation

Arnhem Group

The Austin Company

BioChem Resources

Bettcher Industries

Brewster Dairy

Bush Brothers & Co.

Coca Cola - MinuteMaid Division

ConAgra Foods

Consolidated Biscuit Company - Hearthside Food Solutions

Dairy Farm Products

Dole Fresh Vegetables

Eggtech, Ltd.

EP Technologies

Fidelis Automation, Inc.

Frito-Lay

Food Innovation and Design, LLC

Freshway Foods

General Mills

GTC Nutrition

Heritage Fare, Ltd.

Holmes Cheese

Hylant

Innovative Controls Corporation

Jones & Henry Laboratories

Kahiki Foods, Inc.

Kiffer Industries

Kraft Foods

The Kroger Company

Lebensmittel Consulting, LLC

Lefeld Engineering & Steel Suppliers, Inc.

MDE Corporation

Micropyretics Heaters International, Inc.

Middough Associates, Inc.

Miedema Produce

Nabisco

Nestle R & D

NewBio - NBE, LLC

Norse Dairy Systems

North Star Engineered Products

NuTruTech

O'Brien & Gere

Pepperidge Farm

Pioneer Packing Company

Red Arrow International LLC

S. C. Johnson & Sons, Inc.

Salt Institute

Shearer's

SNAC International

Spray Dynamics Ltd.

Sugar Creek Packing Co.

SSOE

Tamarack Farms

Tennessee Valley Authority

Terronics Development Corporation

Tetra Tech

The Fremont Company

The University of Toledo

Untrasonic Products, Inc.

VerTech LLC









   

Discover the benefits of CIFT membership

About CIFT


ResearchSince 1995, the Center for Innovative Food Technology (CIFT) has organized and managed a membership-based consortium of food industry companies, their suppliers, and academic institutions.  The goal of the consortium is to enhance the economic viability of Ohio's food and agricultural sector through technology.  Since its inception, more than seventy companies and institutions have been members of the CIFT consortium.

The benefits of membership include:

  • Research Funding - Member input defines research projects of mutual technical interest.  CIFT organizes and, in some cases, provides funding on industry-driven projects. 
  • Technical Staff - CIFT employs food scientists, engineers and technicians who can be made available to member companies based on a temporary need for additional human resources. 
  • Technical Information - Whether on an ad hoc or ongoing basis, CIFT industry information specialists will proactively scan and report resources of interest based on the parameters defined by the individual member.Events
  • Grant Opportunities - CIFT frequently searches for opportunities to collaborate with its members on technology or economic development grant programs from Federal, State, or foundation sources.  
  • Networking - Through ongoing educational events and membership meetings, CIFT offers opportunities for its members to connect with researchers and other respected food industry professionals.

Learn more about the numerous programs and services offered by CIFT.  For a list of current CIFT members, click here.

 

 

 

 

   

About CIFT

About CIFT


Since 1995, CIFT has provided technical innovations and solutions to the food processing, agribusiness, and agricultural sectors.  These services are designed to enhance the economic performance of the food processing and agricultural sectors and create new jobs within the industry.

Through demonstrations of technologies and novel business approaches, companies are able to improve their competitive position. View CIFT mission and values here.



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CIFT is a proud member of the Ohio Edison Centers and the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership.