The Ag for Autism Board of Directors is pleased to announce its 2017 grant recipients. This year, the organization was able to award 25 grants totaling a record-setting nearly $100,000 to deserving individuals and groups exhibiting a need for assistance in autism related therapies and endeavors. In addition, last summer Ag for Autism sponsored the 2017 Autism Resource Conference hosting participants for a two-day conference free of charge to parents, educators and therapists working with children on the autism spectrum. Ag for Autism volunteers have raised well over $400,000 since the organization’s inception in 2012.

Where Does the Funding Come From?

Ag for Autism accepts donations year-round and also holds the annual Ag for Autism Bracket Bonanza, a fundraiser centered around NCAA Basketball’s March Madness. This year’s event was held in March at the Arkansas State University (ASU) Convocation Center. The organization also partners with Make-a-Wish to hold a very successful annual event in Southeast Missouri.

Ag for Autism grants are available to individuals and organizations, private or public, providing or in need of, autism therapy or services. Please visit the Ag for Autism web site at for eligibility requirements and to access an application. If you are part of an ag organization and would like to get involved, please contact Daniel Pieroni at 870-886-0585 or Danny Graham at 870-240-5739.

Ag for Autism is a 501 (c)(3) entity and all donations are tax deductible.


Ag for Autism was born after a number of agriculture-related organizations—Armor Seed, Cache River Valley Seed, LLC, and Farm Credit Midsouth—were compelled to band together with the support of other area agriculture companies and organizations in support of a very worthy cause. They are joined by a long and growing list of sponsors, a complete list of which may be found at

In many cases, autism therapies are not covered by insurance and Medicaid, but are critical to help a child function at his or her highest ability. Research shows many families, especially those in more rural areas, struggle to find and afford the important therapies that can be life changing. It is the organization’s goal to ease this financial burden and help these families access the services they need.

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2017 Ag For Autism Grant Recipients

Wynne Public Schools

The district will use the funds toward classroom desks, sensory supplies and to support the ACTs Jr. program.

Pictured (l to r): Wynne School's Glenda Vance and Ag for Autism's Melissa Powell.

The Doni Martin Center For Developmental Service, Inc.

Funds will be used by the center to purchase sensory items.

Pictured (l to r): Anita Orrick and Ag for Autism's Melissa Powell.

The Learning Center

Funds will contribute toward the salaries for registered behavior techs.

Pictured (l to r): Aaron Hannah, Sara Tinsley and Ag for Autism's Melissa Powell.

Pink Palace Family Of Museums

Funds will be used for science nights geared toward the autism community.

Pictured (l to r): Hannah Crain, Manager Public & Special Programs, Alex Eilers, Manager of Education, Ava Williams, Ag for Autism's Mike Williams, Jack Williams

Treble Clef Music Club

Funds will be used for the purchase of two very special Native American flutes.

Pictured: Pat Qualls, Special Needs Program Director Dr J. D. Kelly, Treble Clef President, Ag for Autism's Bessie Richmond, Mitchell Griggs, Recipient, Sherrie Griggs, Mother of Recipient.

Steudlein Learning Center

Funds will be used for playground and outdoor play reconstruction.

Pictured: SLC's Laura Carlson and Ag for Autism's Matthew Harvey.

Westside High School

Funds will be used for classroom desks.

Pictured: Westside High School's Michael Graham and Terri Tyner with Ag for Autism's Bessie Huff Richmond.

Concordia Christian Academy

Funds will be used toward the salary for a classroom aide.

Pictured: CCA's Kory O'Brien and Ag for Autism's Miranda Russell.

Brookland Middle School PTO

Funds will be used toward playground enhancement.

Pictured: Randy Oxford, Danna Johnson and Ag for Autism's Bessie Richmond.

Caiden Marshall

His grant award will be used toward training his service dog, Bear.

Pictured (l to r): Tiffany Marshall, Jeff Marshall, Bear (service dog), Caiden, Ag for Autism's Nathan Waldrip & David Kelly.

Canaan Whorton

Canaan's grant funded an iPad.

Pictured (l to r): Canaan and Sherry Whorton and Ag for Autism's Marty Eaton.

Foundation Care Inc.

This grant funded a Lumo Play Interactive Learning System.

Pictured (l to r): Ag for Autism's Nathan Waldrip and Foundation Care's Eureka Woodfork.

Karaline Richardson

Her funds will be used toward training for her service dog.

Pictured: Charles Dwyer (Retrieving Freedom, dog training), Gypsy, Karaline, Kristen Richardson, and Ag for Autism's Nathan Waldrip.

Nettleton Fox Meadow Intermediate Center

This grant funded sensory room equipment at the center.

Pictured (l to r): Ag for Autism's Bessie Richmond and Fox Meadow Intermediate Center's Kimberly Young.

Harrisburg High School

Funds will be used toward a sensory classroom and learning center.

Pictured: Harrisburg HS's Crissie Parks and Ag for Autism's Miranda Russel.

Marmaduke Elementary School

Funds will be used toward a classroom computer and manipulatives.

Pictured: Ag for Autism's Danny Graham and Marmaduke Elementary's Kendra Street.

Riverside East Elementary School

Funds will be used toward a sensory classroom.

Pictured: Kim Couch, Erin Clay and Ag for Autism's Mike Wallace.

Brookland Pre-School

Funds will be used toward an outdoor music center and mud play area for gross motor play.

Pictured: Brookland's Jennifer Easley and Ag for Autism's Bessie Richmond.

Tucker Ashmore

His funds will be used toward a week of therapy and training with SARRC Services in Arizona.

Pictured: Amber Andrews, Tucker and Danyel Ashmore.

The Center For Exceptional Families

Funds will be used for autism workshops in 10 counties in Northeast Arkansas.

Pictured: Ag for Autism's Matthew Harvey and Kumba and Kamiya Williams.

Valley View Elementary School

Funds will be used for a sensory station.

Pictured: Valley View's Haley Fitzgerald and Rebecca Pieroni and Ag for Autism's Mike Williams.

Greene County Tech High School

Funds will be used for sensory materials for a self-contained classroom.

Pictured: Greene County Tech's Nikki Smith and Ag for Autism's Danny Graham.

Greene County Tech High School

Funds will be used for a self-contained classroom library.

Pictured: Greene County Tech's Brandy Benson and Ag for Autism's Danny Graham.

Greene County Tech High School

Funds will be used for the completion of a sensory room at the school.

Pictured: Greene County Tech's Jessica Rickman and Ag for Autism's Danny Graham.