K-State has offered an additional $4 million for agricultural research

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) – K-State has received $4 million for agricultural research after donating $5 million the day before.

Kansas State University said Tuesday (October 4) that the Kansas Soybean Commission has pledged $4 million to support its College of Agriculture’s innovation centers for grain, food, animal and agronomics research. He said the investment will fund new facilities, renovations to current buildings, and upgrades to technology and equipment needed for cutting-edge interdisciplinary research.

“Investing in our state’s land-grant university fits perfectly with the levy’s mission as we invest in the future of agriculture,” said Ron Ohlde, chairman of the Kansas Soybean Commission. “Updating facilities at K-State College of Agriculture opens up many opportunities to compete in the agriculture industry and increase collaboration among key industry leaders.”

K-State noted that it is already a leader in global agriculture and with the Soybean Commission’s investment, it and its industry partners will have a greater impact.

“Building innovative new facilities for K-State College of Agriculture helps secure our place as a premier agricultural institution,” said Kansas Soybean CEO and Administrator Kaleb Little. “K-State agriculture students are the next generation of industry leaders, and the Kansas Soybean Commission supports investment in facilities that match their talent level. We are proud to join other farm organizations across the state in supporting these important efforts. »

On Monday, an additional $5 million was pledged to the University by the Kansas Farm Bureau to continue the same efforts.

“I want to personally thank the Kansas Soybean Commission for their investment in the future of Kansas agriculture,” said Ernie Minton, dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension. “The impact of our Innovation Centers will ripple through the agricultural industry in Kansas as the opportunities and challenges we face are increasingly complex. Our vision for these facilities is to bring the best minds to the table with different skills and knowledge to collaborate, integrate and develop new solutions and products – and prepare the next generation workforce needed to drive the agriculture.

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

“Global agriculture faces many challenges — changing environment, growing population, expensive inputs — and K-State faculty and students working with industry partners are working to find solutions,” said Richard Linton, president. from Kansas State University. “This investment in new facilities and technology at K-State by the Kansas Soybean Commission demonstrates the importance of university-industry partnership in advancing agriculture in a changing world.”

For more information on the Innovation Centers, click HERE.

Lana T. Arthur