A $1 million gift from Beck's Hybrids to The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences will support Field to Faucet and the Farm Science Review.
The gift, announced May 21, will be contributed over the next five years.
The funds and in-kind donation will support Field to Faucet, the college's water quality initiative led by Jay Martin, and the Farm Science Review. The annual trade show and exhibition will be Sept. 22-24 this year at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, Ohio. The nation's largest family-owned seed retailer, Beck's Hybrids has a location in London and owns nearby property that will be used for joint research and outreach projects.
“By cooperating with Ohio State on these water quality projects and supporting the mission of the Farm Science Review, we want to help farmers become more productive and successful while protecting Ohio’s important natural resources,” Beck's President Scott Beck said. “We expect this to be the beginning of a long partnership with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at Ohio State.” (Beck is in the accompanying photo at right with Beck's Public Relations Director Bruce Kettler, a college alum, and Dean Bruce McPheron)
The college appreciates the gift.
“Beck’s Hybrids’ great generosity will go far in advancing the objectives of Field to Faucet,” Bruce McPheron, Ohio State’s vice president for agricultural administration and CFAES dean. “Clearly, Beck’s shares our goal of identifying best practices for nutrient management. And their support of Farm Science Review— the largest university-sponsored event of its kind in the country — will greatly enhance our outreach effort.”
More about the gift can be found here.