The Kansas Wheat Commission Research Foundation announced July 17 that its Fields Forward research fundraising campaign has surpassed the $2 million mark in July toward its goal of $4 million by the end of 2021.
Led by the KWC Research Foundation, the Fields Forward Campaign was launched in January 2019.
“The continued success of the Fields Forward Campaign is a credit to the generosity and commitment to wheat research by all segments of the wheat industry,” Ron Suppes, KWCRF Chair said. “We sincerely thank our donors who have invested in the future of wheat research through the next several decades.”
The lead donors who got the campaign to the half-way mark were recognized during an online campaign kick-off event. The major contribution to the campaign so far was a $1 million dollar gift from the Vanier Family.
Funds raised through the campaign will be used for three different purposes:
Fields of Research – Funding ongoing wheat research programs that improve the profitability of farmers while improving the quality of wheat for end use.
Fields of Study – Keeping a full pipeline of future research talent by supporting students and technicians in research fields essential to wheat.
Fields of the Future – Building funds for the long-term support of wheat research, while maintaining the level of technology and facilities necessary to sustain that work.
The campaign accepts many types of gifts to support wheat research including cash, stock transfers, donations of grain and deferred gifts such as will bequests.