THE Institute for Feed Education & Research (IFEEDER) received more than $80,000 in donations during the American Feed Industry Assn.'s Equipment Manufacturers Conference last month in Amelia Island, Fla.
Among the funds contributed during the conference, the nonprofit organization was presented with a check for $78,000, the single largest contribution donated to the charity since its founding in 2009.
"The Equipment Manufacturers Committee (EMC) is proud to be able to make such a significant contribution to IFEEDER as it is a nonprofit that ensures continual research and education in our industry, something our committee believes in wholeheartedly," EMC chairman Randy Stauffer said.
EMC presented IFEEDER executive director Ken Thomas with the sizeable check to be used toward collegiate scholarships for students pursuing feed industry-related degrees.
"We are thrilled by this generous donation to IFEEDER as it will go toward a worthwhile cause," Thomas said upon receiving the check. "The donation will fund scholarships for students at Kansas State University as well as two additional universities (yet to be determined) during five-year commitments. I cannot think of a better gift than that of education, and that is exactly what the Equipment Manufacturers Committee is providing with this funding."
IFEEDER will work with EMC to allocate the funds, which will still be dispensed through the EMC Scholarship Fund.