The West Virginia University Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design was endowed $100,000 by the Farm Credit of the Virginias.

Calling it “an investment in the future of agriculture,” the gift will create the Farm Credit Agriculture Graduate Student Fund for students in agriculture-related master’s and doctoral programs in the Davis College. It will provide research seed money, defray the costs of conference and research travel, support study abroad opportunities and enable other activities that enhance graduate education in agriculture at WVU.

“Farm Credit of the Virginias is excited to support the Davis College and make this investment in the future leaders of agriculture,” said David Lawrence, CEO of the company. “We view this as a way of paying forward, supporting the next generation of great thinkers in our industry.”

Daniel Robison, dean of the Davis College, added, “Graduate students are the research engine at WVU, and for the Davis College to really do its part innovating in science, policy and technology we’ve got to have ways to enable their work.

“This key and generous support from Farm Credit of the Virginias does exactly that,” Robison said. “David Lawrence and his forward-looking team at Farm Credit have made this terrific investment here, and it will make a real difference in what our students can do, what their faculty advisers can encourage them to accomplish, and how we contribute towards the future of agriculture and rural communities.”

Farm Credit of the Virginias, ACA is part of a nationwide network of cooperative lending institutions that provides financing for: farm and country home loans, land purchase, home construction and improvements, buildings, machinery, livestock, equipment, operating expenses and lines of credit.

Farm Credit was created in 1916 and is now the largest single provider of agricultural credit in the United States. Farm Credit of the Virginias provides more than $1.5 billion in financing to rural homeowners, farmers and landowners in 96 counties in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

To find out more about the graduate student fund and other giving opportunities, please contact Julie Cryser, Director of Development, at 304-293-2400 or

Farm Credit’s donation was made in conjunction with A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University. The $750 million comprehensive campaign being conducted by the WVU Foundation on behalf of the University runs through December 2015.



CONTACT: David Welsh, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design

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