SDSU receiving largest grant in school history

BROOKINGS, S.D.(KJJQ)- South Dakota State University is receiving the largest grant in it’s history — up to 80-million dollars as part of the U.S. Department Of Agriculture’s “Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities.”

The SDSU grant will focus on the sustainable production of beef and bison.

Kristi Cammack is director of the West River Agricultural Center and took the lead on the grant application. She says the plan is to work with producers on climate smart practices.

Cammack says developing markets for the products is one the key pillars of the research.

Jared Knock is with Millborn Seeds, one of the industry partners on the project.

South Dakota Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden says we are very fortunate to have this research taking place at SDSU.

The announcement is part of 70 selected projects being awarded a total of $2.8 billion by the USDA.