Farm Credit Services of America has committed to establishing an endowed faculty position in swine production in the South Dakota State University College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.
The $1.5 million gift will support the nation's first endowed position in swine production. The endowment was announced at South Dakota’s 51st Annual Pork Congress Jan. 15 in Sioux Falls.
“Pork production provides an excellent opportunity for young people to be able to return to the family farm. We have an impressive number of our SDSU graduates making a positive difference in an industry that offers them fulfilling career opportunities. A gift such as the Farm Credit Services of America endowment helps us support the growing, dynamic pork industry in South Dakota into the future and continue making an impact on both our current and future students,” said John Killefer, South Dakota Corn Endowed Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.
The endowment will support faculty conducting research and SDSU Extension programs as well. The gift is a continuation of the legacy of the Swine Education and Research Facility built by producers and allied industry partners.
South Dakota has seen recent significant growth in both sow and finishing pig numbers. As of December 2019, South Dakota now ranks eighth in the nation for number of finishing pigs.
Photo above: John Killefer, South Dakota Corn Endowed Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (left), is pictured with Craig McManus, who is representing Farm Credit Services of America.