Farm Credit Services of America has helped establish an endowed faculty position in swine production in the South Dakota State University College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, with a $1.5-million gift to support the position. It was announced at South Dakota’s 51st Annual Pork Congress on Jan. 15, a university release said.
“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, in the release.
The endowment from Farm Credit Services of America will also support faculty conducting research and SDSU Extension programs. It is a continuation of the “legacy of the Swine Education and Research Facility built by producers and allied industry partners,” the release said.
The state has seen significant growth in both sow and finishing pig numbers, ranking 8th in the nation for number of pigs as of December 2019, the release said.