MOSCOW, Idaho — The Idaho Beef Council (IBC) announced today a $250,000 gift to the University of Idaho to expand research aimed at strengthening consumer trust in beef production.
The investment of state beef checkoff dollars will establish the IBC Graduate Fellowship Endowment in the U of I College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and provide scholarship support to graduate students conducting research in topics from beef safety and nutrition attributes to quality, consistency and marketability and new product development.
“We believe that supporting students in this way will advance the skills and knowledge of the next generation of beef industry experts, drive sustainable solutions and strengthen the Idaho beef industry’s position in the marketplace,” said Jeff Johnson, Idaho Beef Council chair.
Michael P. Parrella, CALS dean, added: “The support of Idaho cattle producers, through the Idaho Beef Council’s investment, ensures the university will continue to expand the unique and transformative educational, research and outreach opportunities available to our students that, in turn, benefit Idaho’s beef industry for generations to come.”
Idaho is ranked in the top 15 in the nation for beef cattle production. As protein choices continue to expand worldwide, the IBC is committed to funding beef quality, safety and nutrition research to ensure consumers have confidence in their purchasing decisions.
Beginning on July 1, 2021, IBC Graduate Fellowship Endowment scholarships will be awarded to graduate students who have applied, been accepted and enrolled full time in a meat science graduate program at the U of I. Recipients will be selected by the U of I’s Student Financial Aid General Scholarship Committee.
To qualify for support from the endowment, graduate student projects must align with the requirements of the Federal Beef Promotion Act and Order and seek to strengthen the beef industry’s position in the marketplace, to maintain and expand domestic and foreign markets, and to identify new product opportunities.
About the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho, home of the Vandals, is Idaho’s land-grant, national research university. From its residential campus in Moscow, U of I serves the state of Idaho through educational centers in Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Idaho Falls, nine research and Extension centers, plus Extension offices in 42 counties. Home to nearly 11,000 students statewide, U of I is a leader in student-centered learning and excels at interdisciplinary research, service to businesses and communities, and in advancing diversity, citizenship and global outreach. U of I competes in the Big Sky and Western Athletic conferences. Learn more at www.uidaho.edu.
About the Idaho Beef Council
The Idaho Beef Council (IBC) is a state organization representing Idaho’s 9,700 beef ranchers. As of January 1, 2020, Idaho had 2.5 million head of cattle valued at $2.675 billion, making it the state’s second largest agricultural industry behind dairy. IBC was created in 1967 by the Idaho legislature as a marketing organization to increase consumer demand for beef. It is funded by the beef checkoff program - a $1.50 per head assessment on the sale of cattle in Idaho. The funds generated from this are used to support promotion, research, and education programs at home and abroad. For more information about the Idaho Beef Council, please visit us at www.IDBeef.org.
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