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Apr 20, 2012

Washington State University Receives US$5M for Organic Agricultural Research

Julie Sullivan, assistant manager of WSU's 
organic teaching farm, working the harvest
Photo: WSU
In April 2012, as part of the "Campaign for Washington State: Because the World Needs Big Ideas," Chuck and Louanna Eggert, founders of Pacific Natural Foods donated $5 million to expand the university's organic teaching farm at the Pullman campus.  The Eggerts' donation will be used to expand the organic training farm from four to 30 acres.  This will make it the largest organic teaching farm on a campus in the United States.  According to John Reganold, professor of soil science and agro-ecology, "this is a game-changer for the program."  Washington State University (WSU) established the first organic farming major in the United States in 2006.

Chuck and Louanna Eggert founded Pacific Natural Foods in 1987 in Tualatin, Oregon.  Chuck is an alumni of WSU's food science program.  He built Pacific Foods into one of the country's top five privately held makers of natural and organic foods.  While it started out as a beverage company selling soymilk, it is now best known for its soups, broths, wide variety of non-dairy beverages and pot pies.

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