SDSU accepts Farm Credit Services of America gift for swine faculty position
January 23, 2020 By Tom Steever Filed Under: Livestock, News, Pork
Farm Credit Services of America has given $1.5 million to
support an endowed swine production faculty position at South Dakota State
University. The endowment is the first in the nation for a swine production
position, said John Killefer, South Dakota Corn Endowed Dean of the College of
Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences.
“I think that’s an example of the importance of the swine industry to the state
of South Dakota and this region,” Killefer told Brownfield Ag News, “and obviously
the importance that Farm Credit Services of America has placed on the swine
The gift, announced this month at the annual South Dakota Pork Congress in
Sioux Falls, will help support South Dakota’s growing pork industry. It will provide
an opportunity for young people to return to the family farm, said Killefer.
“They might already have a swine operation or they might start to establish a
swine operation on the family farm,” said Killefer, “and so it’s a tremendous
opportunity for our students to grow a new industry and be part of that growing
and dynamic industry here in the state.”
South Dakota has seen recent growth in both sow and finishing pig numbers, now
ranking eighth in the nation for number of finishing pigs.
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