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Northwest Missouri State University


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The Gary G. Taylor Charitable Trust has awarded $20,000 to Northwest in support of its Agricultural Learning Center. Left to right are Rex Brod, market president for U.S. Bank; Rod Barr, director of Northwest’s School of Agricultural Sciences; and Shannon Moore, vice president and trust relationship manager for U.S. Bank.

The Gary G. Taylor Charitable Trust has awarded $20,000 to Northwest in support of its Agricultural Learning Center. Left to right are Rex Brod, market president for U.S. Bank; Rod Barr, director of Northwest’s School of Agricultural Sciences; and Shannon Moore, vice president and trust relationship manager for U.S. Bank. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

    Feb. 11, 2016

    Charitable trust gives additional $20,000 for ag center

    Northwest Missouri State University and the Northwest Foundation have received another $20,000 gift from the Gary G. Taylor Charitable Trust in support of an Agricultural Learning Center planned for construction at the University’s R.T. Wright Farm.

    Shannon Moore, vice president and trust relationship manager for U.S. Bank, and Rex Brod, market president for U.S. Bank, presented a check Tuesday to Rod Barr, director of Northwest’s School of Agricultural Sciences. The Taylor Charitable Trust also awarded Northwest $20,000 in support of the Agricultural Learning Center in 2014.

    The gift aligns with Gary Taylor’s passion for agriculture in northwest Missouri, Brod said. Taylor, who passed away in 2012, grew up on a farm near Skidmore that the family still owns. 

    “Gary was a very progressive farmer,” Brod said. “He believed in improving the farmland and taking care of it, retaining the soil, building it for the future. That’s why we felt as a committee that it was so important that Northwest receive this, from an education aspect and taking care of agriculture in this part of the country.”

    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 also is forming numerous partnerships to support the facility.

    “We appreciate the support we’re receiving from all of our partners, especially the commitment of the Taylor Trust, to make this facility become a reality for the success of our students,” Barr said.

    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 Wright Farm, which is home to beef, swine, dairy and sheep herds as well as row, silage and hay crops.

    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 advance@nwmissouri.edu.


    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
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