K-State gifted $5 million from Kansas Farm Bureau

Published: Oct. 3, 2022 at 10:53 AM CDT
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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - A gift of $5 million over 5 years from the Kansas Farm Bureau will ensure K-State remains a leader in agricultural research.

Kansas State University says Kansas Farm Bureau has pledged the largest donation in its history - $5 million over 5 years to support the College of Agriculture’s innovation centers for grain, food, animal and agronomy research.

“We’ve known for a long time the facilities at the country’s first land-grant institution needed updating,” said Rich Felts, president of Kansas Farm Bureau. “We’re excited to come alongside President Linton to make an investment in our industry, our state and future students to ensure K-State remains in its position as a global leader in agriculture.

K-State noted that the two new centers will focus on the development and diversification of the Sunflower State’s and the world’s food and agriculture economy.

“We want to thank Kansas Farm Bureau for this investment in the future of agricultural teaching and research at K-State,” said Ernie Minton, dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension. “This gift is proof of the strong, long-standing relationship between the university and the agricultural industry, which is the lifeblood of Kansas. We are excited for the opportunities our innovation centers will bring to our students, faculty and the producers who drive this state’s robust agricultural economy.”

The University indicated that the investment will fund new facilities, renovations of current buildings and improvements in the tech and equipment necessary for interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research and continue to enhance the exceptional student experience.

“Kansas Farm Bureau’s investment in new facilities and technology at K-State demonstrates the importance of university-industry partnerships to advance agriculture in an ever-changing world,” said K-State President Richard Linton. “Constantly adapting and innovating requires new ways of thinking and doing; and Kansas Farm Bureau’s gift will empower K-State faculty, researchers and students to work closely with industry partners to find the necessary solutions to this grand challenge.”

As K-State’s strategic partner for philanthropy, it said the KSU Foundation inspires and guides philanthropy toward university priorities to advance the community.

“Kansas Farm Bureau’s gift ensures that K-State will continue to positively impact the lives of Kansas farmers and the Kansas economy,” Felts said.

Kansas Farm Bureau noted that K-State is already a leader in global agriculture, and with the investment, it and its industry partners will be able to have a greater impact.