Flour milling and ingredient company Ardent Mills announced a US$3.5 million package to Kansas State University’s Ag Innovation Initiative. The five-year gift will help support the university’s grain science department’s growth, research and development capabilities through 2026.
“Ardent Mills is passionate about cultivating an innovative future for our industry and is committed to help grow our future leaders. That’s why this partnership with K-State’s Ag Innovation Initiative excites us,” said Troy Anderson, Vice President of Operations at Ardent Mills. “The evolving interdisciplinary and collaborative approach, along with new facilities, will enable exceptional, diverse talent development and best-in-class research to help solve food and agriculture challenges today and for generations to come.”
As part of the gift, the company will work with the university’s College of Agriculture leadership to establish baseline metrics and goals associated with total student enrollment, recruitment and retention of diverse and leadership development opportunities within the milling and baking science programs.
“We want to thank Ardent Mills for their generous gift, which aligns with our vision of working closely with private industry to develop and diversify Kansas and the world’s food and agricultural economy,” said Ernie Minton, Dean of the College of Agriculture and director of K-State Research and Extension.
“This gift from Ardent Mills shows their support for expanding and improving the College of Agriculture’s world-class status and programs, further elevating us as a leading, top-ranked college that attracts diverse agriculturists and researchers.”
The gift is part of Ardent Mills’ ongoing commitment to providing development and engagement opportunities for the next generation of agri-business professionals while supporting inclusivity and diversity. By leveraging the company’s wide reach, it provides tools and resources to people and communities to help lead the industry into the future.
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