Clemens Meals Group has made a present to the to help MSU’s Challenge RAISE, an initiative to develop the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Training.
The reward brings pledges and presents to help the undertaking to $1 million.
The Clemens Meals Group, primarily based in Hatfield, Penn., has made a $100,000 reward to the Michigan State College (MSU) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) to help MSU’s Challenge RAISE (Increase for Agriculture Industries, Reveals and Training), an initiative to develop the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Training.
The reward from Clemens Meals Group brings pledges and presents to help the undertaking to $1 million.
“We’re actually grateful of this reward from Clemens Meals Group, which supplies momentum for this marketing campaign and brings the full to 25 p.c of our purpose,” mentioned George Smith, CANR affiliate dean and affiliate director for AgBioResearch. “It additionally supplies a springboard for this marketing campaign as we put together to reopen the MSU Pavilion.”
Pending MSU Board of Trustees approval, the proposed $4 million MSU Pavilion growth will present a second indoor area permitting concurrent occasions, elevated animal housing and exhibit house, and an indoor space for warming up animals previous to occasions in the primary area.
“Supporting the MSU Pavilion Challenge has allowed us to present again to the state of Michigan and the robust agriculture group of the state as a complete,” mentioned Doug Clemens, chairman of the board for Clemens Meals Group.
Clemens Food Group is a sixth-generation, household owned firm devoted to offering service and model options that assist clients develop their companies. Clemens is a vertically coordinated firm that features hog farming, meals manufacturing and transportation.
“5 years in the past, for the primary time in our firm historical past, we made the choice to develop outdoors the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the state of Michigan. We selected Michigan due to the entrepreneurial spirit of the individuals throughout the agriculture group we interacted with throughout our search,” Clemens mentioned. “We hope this funding will present continued curiosity in agriculture growth all through the state of Michigan, particularly the youthful generations by way of their faculty schooling.”
As an agricultural-based firm, Clemens Meals Group employs many graduates of MSU, in addition to 4-H and FFA alumni. Their Michigan facility, situated in Coldwater, Mich., started operations as a contemporary pork facility in 2017.
“MSU is definitely a part of the material of this group and, as we now have many group members who’ve grown up in the neighborhood, it continues to weave itself into our group,” mentioned Joe Hughes, vp of operations, Clemens Meals Group Coldwater Facility.
Challenge RAISE steering committee members assist help and promote the initiative. Dale Norton, a steering committee member representing the swine business, was instrumental in making the connection between Clemens Meals Group and Michigan State College.
“The Clemens household has excessive moral requirements and are very nicely considered within the agricultural group. They’ve made a robust dedication to the individuals of Department County and now with this reward, to the individuals of Michigan and MSU,” Norton mentioned. “The Pavilion is a superb place to showcase Michigan agriculture and I’m glad that Clemens was prepared to step up and help this effort in such a giant approach.”
The MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education opened in December of 1996 and usually accommodates over 96 occasions per yr, together with quite a few livestock, equine and industrial expositions – occasions that draw individuals from all around the state of Michigan and past. It’s also the venue for main MSU occasions, such because the Spartan Stampede Rodeo and quite a few tutorial actions, and applications focused to youth in our state by way of 4-H and FFA studying experiences. Although the primary area is a spacious 114’ x 214’, the Pavilion has outgrown its capability, limiting not solely the variety of occasions, but additionally the standard, dimension and scope of occasions showcasing Michigan agriculture and supporting the native financial system.
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