CoBank, a cooperative bank serving agribusinesses, rural infrastructure providers and Farm Credit associations throughout the United States, announced Tuesday that it has committed $5 million to fund agricultural research and education at land grant universities and other institutions throughout the United States.
The CoBank contribution will support a broad range of programs at more than 30 schools, including academic research, scholarships for students, cooperative education and leadership development.
"For well over a century, land grant universities and other academic institutions have supported the development of the rural economy, helping U.S. agriculture to become the most productive and innovative in the world," said Everett Dobrinski, chairman of the CoBank board of directors. "This contribution will enhance research and education programs at these schools and promote the continued advancement of American agriculture and rural America."
Recipient institutions were selected based on a wide range of criteria, including the nature and extent of their agricultural programs as well as existing relationships with CoBank, its customers and Farm Credit association partners across the country.
Bob Engel, CoBank's president and chief executive officer, noted that support for research and education is an important part of the bank's broader corporate social responsibility program.
"One of the best ways for CoBank to return value to rural America is by giving to academic institutions that are engaged in agricultural research and training the next generation of rural business and civic leaders," Engel said.
Recipient institutions include: Auburn University, Ohio State University, University of Illinois, California Polytechnic State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Maine, Colorado State University, Oregon State University, University of Minnesota, Cornell University, Purdue University, University of Missouri, Fresno State University, South Dakota State University, University of Nebraska, Illinois State University, Texas A&M University, University of Vermont, Iowa State University, Texas Tech University, University of Wisconsin, Kansas State University, University of Alaska, Utah State University, Montana State University, University of Arizona, Washington State University, New Mexico State University, University of California-Davis, North Dakota State University and the University of Idaho.
Details regarding the gifts to individual universities will be announced over the course of the year as the particulars of each grant are finalized. CoBank is designing each contribution in collaboration with the school as well as customers and Farm Credit associations from the surrounding area.