College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences

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First Dakota National Bank Challenge for the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences

Today, your gift to the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences has the opportunity to make an even bigger impact

First Dakota National Bank has generously agreed to sponsor 2 challenges for the college. For the first 50 donors to the college on One Day for STATE, First Dakota National Bank will provide $5,000 to the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. They challenge us to keep that momentum and have agreed to provide an additional $5,000 if we reach another 50 donors.

Nate Franzen, President of the Agri-Business Division, states, “First Dakota National Bank and the First Dakota Agri-Business Division understands the importance of higher education. We are fortunate in South Dakota to have South Dakota State University with all the great learning programs and colleges. Their College of Agriculture and Biological Science continues to lead the way in developing the knowledge and technology for these industries. We are proud to have many SDSU alumni as part of our First Dakota team, and that pride carries on with our support of One Day for State.”

Come on Jackrabbits - we love a good challenge! Let's pull together to make a difference!

Where Will the Money Go?

Your gift helps provide support for the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences to assist with projects such as:

  • Undergraduate scholarships for recruiting and retaining students
  • Travel expenses for judging teams to regional competitions
  • Undergraduate research projects
  • Renovation and remodeling of new Food Science labs
  • Maintenance of equipment and for operations in the dairy plant
  • Student club activities

Every Gift Makes a Difference

Any gift, of any size, really can make an impact for the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences. For example, gifts in these amounts may provide:

  • $50 could purchase three 1,000 mL beakers for use in research labs
  • $100 could supply enough disposable coveralls for 2 sections (of 7) of the Intro to Animal Science labs to visit the Swine Unit
  • $250 could provide equipment and supplies for office and class needs
  • $500 could provide a scholarship to a top student that does not qualify for a Jackrabbit Guarantee

First Dakota National Bank's History of Support

First Dakota was founded in 1872 and holds the first bank charter issued in all of Dakota Territory. The bank has 19 full-service banking locations in 14 South Dakota cities. First Dakota has always offered their financial support and leadership throughout the State and the communities in which the employees live and work.

First Dakota’s core strength lies with their highly skilled and motivated employees who are committed to not only doing the right thing, but doing things right. First Dakota is recognized as a leader in providing lending services to businesses and agriculture.

First Dakota’s Agri-Business Division is one the largest Ag lenders in the country. Their Ag loan officers are experienced in everything from production to value-added agriculture. Visit their website to learn more about their organization .


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