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What is the Ohio CAN Program?

What is the Ohio CAN Program, and how can I get involved?


  1. Objective and Purpose: The Ohio CAN program aims to foster the development and growth of agricultural businesses, particularly those operated by individuals from historically underrepresented regional communities. By providing resources and support, the initiative seeks to enhance opportunities for these producers in the agricultural sector.

  2. Eligibility: The program targets individuals or groups who meet specific criteria related to being historically underrepresented in agriculture. This could include demographics such as minority groups, women, veterans, or others facing barriers to entry or advancement in the agricultural industry.

  3. Support and Resources: Ohio CAN provides various forms of support and resources to help participants establish and grow their agricultural ventures. This may include educational programs, training, access to markets, financial assistance, mentorship, and other resources tailored to the specific needs of the participants.

  4. Community and Economic Development: Initiatives like Ohio CAN often contribute to broader community and economic development by empowering individuals in underserved communities. By fostering agripreneurship, the program may have positive ripple effects on local economies, job creation, and the overall vitality of the agricultural sector.


Accepted Products

Products must meet the definition for domestic and locally produced foods, and must be raised, grown, produced, sourced, and processed all within a 400-mile radius of the city of Columbus. Products that are eligible for sale include:

  • Produce (fresh or canned)

  • Grains

  • Eggs

  • Dairy

  • Meat

  • Poultry

  • Fish

  • Legumes


For the most accurate and detailed information about the Ohio CAN program, we recommend visiting the official Ohio Department of Agriculture website or contacting the relevant department directly. This will ensure you have the latest updates and any recent developments regarding the initiative. https://agri.ohio.gov/divisions/markets/resources/Ohio-CAN


As part of the small farms collaborative Butler SWCD and the OSU Extension office are hosting a free workshop with Ohio CAN program Coordinator Ainsley Lightcap on Thursday, March 14th. See the flyer below for details.



Location Butler SWCD 1802 Princeton Rd Conference Room A. 5PM check in 5:30PM Welcome, 5:40 Ainsley Lightcap, Ohio Department of Ag begins presentation. 6:30PM begin discussion on what are the future goals and topics of the small farms collaborative.

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