Crystal Valley has pledged $132,275 to South Central College’s North Mankato Campus Foundation. The generous pledge, which was announced today at a special Appreciation Lunch honoring Crystal Valley, will cover half of the construction for South Central College’s new Agribusiness Experiential Learning Lab that expected to be completed Spring of 2020. South Central College (SCC) has been offering Agribusiness programs in the region since 1970.
“To have received such a significant gift from Crystal Valley Coop is deeply humbling,” said Erin Aanenson, Executive Director of SCC’s North Mankato Campus Foundation. “As a leader in agribusiness education, SCC has a long history of strong programs, expert instructors and now we have will have a state-of-the-art lab as well. We are grateful to Crystal Valley for their commitment to ag education and for helping make this space possible for our students.”
Established in 1927, Crystal Valley is a leading farm supply and grain marketing cooperative focused on serving the needs of crop farmers and livestock producers in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. Crystal Valley currently employs 250 full-time employees, across 14 locations, with top quality products and services in their core businesses of Agronomy, Energy, Feed, and Grain.
The new Agribusiness Experiential Learning Lab is part of a larger, expansive college renovation project that includes enhancements to the college’s Healthcare and STEM facilities and more. SCC received legislative bonding funding for the project in 2017, with construction beginning June 2019 and expected to be completed May 2020. “We were fortunate to receive legislative bonding funding for this major renovation project and with gifts from generous industry partners like Crystal Valley, we are able to make additional improvements like this new lab for our students,” said South Central College President Annette Parker.
In addition to being a long-time leader in agribusiness education, South Central College also offers individualized Farm Business Management education to existing producers. In addition, South Central College is the headquarters for the Minnesota State Southern Agricultural Center of Excellence, a consortium of Minnesota State system higher education institutions dedicated to connecting students with the resources of area academic institutions, which are aligned with the needs of industry to develop and sustain a skilled workforce.