There is hereby created the southern Ohio agricultural and community development foundation endowment fund, which shall be in the custody of the treasurer of state but shall not be a part of the state treasury. The endowment fund shall consist of amounts appropriated from the southern Ohio agricultural and community development trust fund, as well as grants and donations made to the southern Ohio agricultural and community development foundation and investment earnings of the fund. The endowment fund shall be used by the foundation to carry out its duties.
The foundation is the trustee of the endowment fund. Disbursements from the fund shall be paid by the treasurer of state only upon instruments duly authorized by the board of trustees of the foundation. At the request of the foundation, the treasurer of state shall select and contract with one or more investment managers to invest all money credited to the fund that is not currently needed for carrying out the functions of the foundation. The eligible list of investments shall be the same as for the public employees retirement system under section 145.11 of the Revised Code. All investments shall be subject to the same limitations and requirements as the retirement system under that section and sections 145.112 and 145.113 of the Revised Code.
No money from the southern Ohio agricultural and community development foundation endowment fund shall be used for the direct production costs of growing tobacco.
Effective Date: 06-02-2000