The Southern Ohio Agricultural and Community Development Foundation (SOACDF) is an organization created by the 123rd Ohio General Assembly and charged by the Ohio Legislature with providing agricultural and economic assistance to southern Ohio's tobacco counties. Pursuant to its legislative mandate, the SOACDF Board is created in R.C. 183.12 and enabled through R.C. 183.11 to R.C. 183.17, inclusive. Pursuant to R.C. 183.15, the purpose of the SOACDF is as follows: (1) to replace the production of tobacco in southern Ohio with the production of other agricultural products; and (2) to mitigate the adverse economic impact of reduced tobacco production in the region by preparing, implementing, and keeping a current plan to develop means for tobacco growers to grow other agricultural products voluntarily.


  • Adams

  • Athens

  • Brown

  • Clermont

  • Clinton

  • Fayette

  • Gallia

  • Greene

  • Highland

  • Jackson

  • Lawrence

  • Meigs

  • Monroe

  • Montgomery

  • Morgan

  • Noble

  • Pike

  • Ross

  • Scioto

  • Vinton

  • Warren

  • Washington

County Coverage

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

  • Eric Wolfer; Clermont County Farmer - Chair

  • Larry Hall; Brown County Farmer - Vice-Chair

  • John Carey; Governor's Office of Appalachia 

  • Kelly Cole; Brown County Economic Development

  • Ken Davis; Highland County Farmer

  • Paul Daines; Gallia County Farmer

  • John Hemmings III; Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission

  • Emily Heppner; Ohio Department of Agriculture 

  • Brian Michael; Highland County Farmer

  • Bill Morgan; Ohio Partnership for Rural Development

  • Todd Raines; Adams County Farmer

  • Dr. Jacqueline Kirby Wilkins; OSU Extension Director