January 19, 2012



Cargill helps build a better K-State

By Andrew Zender

With 142,000 employees in 66 countries, Cargill no doubt has a global reach, yet, in many ways, it continues to make an impact in communities a fraction of its size.

In turbulent economic times, philanthropy is more important than ever. A longtime partner of K-State, Cargill is a company that has demonstrated what it means to engage in philanthropy, using its financial and human resources to improve many facets of higher education.

At the start of 2011, the company enhanced their partnership with K-State with a $500,000 contribution that will help fund the construction of the Cargill Center for Feed Safety Research. Most recently, with another gift of $25,000, the company established the Cargill Incorporated Horizon Milling Scholarship, which will be awarded annually in the amount of $2,500 each to two undergraduate students in the department of grain science and industry in K-State's College of Agriculture.

"Students in our milling science and management program will benefit greatly from this generous gift," said Dirk Maier, grain science and industry department head. "We're pleased that Cargill is investing in the future of this industry in partnership with K-State."

"These contributions are examples of Cargill's significant investments in the agriculture supply chain," said Chuck Warta, a vice president in Cargill's animal nutrition business and K-State alumnus. "These university funds are demonstrative of Cargill's work on many levels to achieve a more sustainable, science-based global food system and develop new agriculture leaders working to enhance public health outcomes and strengthen food security."

With 142,000 employees in 66 countries, Cargill no doubt has a global reach, yet in many ways it continues to make an impact in communities a fraction of its size. At K-State, Cargill helped build a better university by committing resources to bricks and mortar, expert faculty and bright-eyed students with budding futures on campus and beyond.