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MFA $750k gift to support ag research, edMFA $750k gift to support ag research, ed

May 22, 2015

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MFA $750k gift to support ag research, ed

MFA Inc. and MFA Oil have pledged $750,000 to the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources (CAFNR) to establish the endowed MFA professorship in agribusiness, which will support agricultural education and research at the university.

The MFA entities have pledged $750,000 over four years to establish the professorship. In addition to helping CAFNR recruit and retain a nationally respected faculty member, the MFA professorship will support research that farmers and businesses can use to improve agricultural production.

If potential future gifts from the MFA entities reach $1.1 million, the professorship will be converted to an endowed chair, the university announced. The search for a faculty member to fill the professorship will begin soon and should be filled within two or three years. Internal and external candidates will be considered for the position.

Executives from MFA Oil and MFA Inc. said the gift is a public demonstration of their appreciation for CAFNR and a formal celebration of their historic relationships with the college through mutual missions: service to the farmers and citizens of rural Missouri.

"CAFNR is grateful to receive this outstanding and important gift in support of the teaching and research that distinguish our college as a national leader in agribusiness," said Thomas Payne, vice chancellor and CAFNR dean.

Established in 1914, MFA Inc. is the nation's oldest and one of the largest farm supply cooperatives, serving more than 45,000 farmers and ranchers. MFA Oil, established 85 years ago, offers bulk delivery of fuel, lubricants and propane to more than 40,000 farm owner-customers.

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