(A) The department of agriculture may solicit or accept from any public or private source and shall deposit in the state treasury to the credit of the agro Ohio fund any grant, gift, devise, or bequest of money made to or for the use of the department in fulfilling its statutory duties or for promoting any part of the public welfare that is under the supervision and control of the department. The department may also accept and hold on behalf of this state any grant, gift, devise, or bequest of other property made to or for the use of the department or for promoting any part of the public welfare that is under the supervision and control of the department. The department may contract for and carry out the terms and conditions of any devise, grant, gift, or donation that may be so made.
(B) There is hereby created in the state treasury the agro Ohio fund, to which shall be credited all sums received under division (A) of this section , divisions (A)(2) and (C) of section 2105.09 of the Revised Code, and section 4503.504 of the Revised Code. All money received under divisions (A)(2) and (C) of section 2105.09 of the Revised Code shall be used for the benefit of agriculture. All money received under section 4503.504 of the Revised Code shall be used for the benefit of sustainable agriculture markets in the state as determined by the director of agriculture.
(C) The director may use all or any portion of the moneys in the agro Ohio fund to award grants for the purpose of promoting agriculture in this state. With respect to such grants that consist of moneys other than federal moneys, the director shall adopt rules in accordance with Chapter 119. of the Revised Code establishing all of the following:
(1) Specific purposes for which grants may be awarded;
(2) Procedures for soliciting grant applications, applying for grants, awarding grants, and otherwise administering grants;
(3) Eligibility criteria for receiving grants that must be satisfied by applicants for the grants;
(4) Any other procedures and requirements that are necessary to administer a grant program.
(D) Federal moneys deposited into the agro Ohio fund shall be used in accordance with any terms that federal law prescribes for their use.
Effective Date: 07-05-2002; 2008 HB293 08-14-2008