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April 1, 2016
FCS Financial – a major lender and financial services provider for farmers and farm-related businesses in Missouri – has awarded Northwest Missouri State University and its Northwest Foundation with $50,000 to support the University’s planned Agricultural Learning Center.
FCS Financial leaders presented Northwest with the gift in conjunction with a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 17 to commemorate the opening of the lender’s new Maryville office at 27186 282nd St. in Maryville.
“Education and especially educating our youth is very important,” David Janish, chief executive officer for FCS Financial, said. “We have a commitment to agriculture and rural communities, and we see this partnership and this donation to Northwest Missouri State University to benefit their Ag Learning Center as just a very important step in that process of supporting our youth. We really see it as not only an investment in Northwest Missouri State and our youth but also in agriculture in northwest Missouri.”
Flanked by Northwest alumni who are employed with FCS Financial, Northwest Vice President of University Advancement Mike Johnson thanked the company for its gift and said he looks forward to additional partnership opportunities.
“What great partners we have in FCS, and they’ve set the bar high for all of us to build wonderful futures,” Johnson said. “Thanks to our alumni and the work they are doing on behalf of this great company. We are thankful for this gift and a chance to further advance the partnerships that abound in this community and region.”
When completed, the estimated $8 million, 24,000-square-foot Agricultural Learning Center will further enhance Northwest’s agriculture programming. The center will serve as a multipurpose facility, providing laboratory resources and research to supplement and enhance the academic curriculum. The space also will allow for greater use of farm crop, soil and livestock resources for research and scholarly activities.
Additionally, Northwest expects the facility will connect and benefit surrounding communities, providing space for public and private functions such as agricultural producer meetings, workshops, shows and contests. The University is forming numerous partnerships to support the facility.
Northwest’s thriving School of Agricultural Sciences is experiencing rapid growth with nearly 600 students – or more than 10 percent of the University’s undergraduate population – enrolled in its programs. Those students are gaining real-life, hands-on experience at the 448-acre R.T. Wright Farm, which is home to beef, swine, dairy and sheep herds as well as row, silage and hay crops.
Headquartered in Jefferson City, Missouri, FCS Financial has resided in Missouri for 100 years and has 21 branch offices located throughout the state. It is a $3 billion organization with more than 15,000 members. It also is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of cooperative lending institutions that provides credit and financial services to farmers, ranchers, rural residents and agribusinesses. For more information, about FCS Financial, visit www.myfcsfinancial.com.
The Northwest Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation, is responsible for receiving, investing, stewarding and disbursing private support on behalf of the donors of Northwest for the benefit of the University, its students, faculty, staff and alumni. The Northwest Foundation is governed by a 30-member volunteer board of directors and staffed by members of Northwest’s Office of University Advancement.
For more information about the Northwest Foundation or to make a gift to support Northwest, contact the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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