AgStar commits $10,000 annually to Hormel Institute

Published 10:18 am Monday, February 24, 2014

AgStar Fund for Rural America announced Friday it will make an ongoing commitment to donate $10,000 annually to The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned cancer research.

While the pledge will be evaluated annually, AgStar hopes to inspire other organizations to do the same, according to an Institute news release. AgStar has grown its support because of The Hormel Institute’s food-based cancer research, and because The Institute provides a positive economic impact in rural Minnesota by providing a growing number of bioscience jobs.

John Monson, chair of the AgStar Fund Board of Trustees, said AgStar is honored to provide financial support.

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“A donation like this is unique for AgStar, as it will provide continuing, annual support for The Hormel Institute’s important work,” Monson said. “Not only does The Institute help further cancer prevention and cures, but it brings new jobs to rural Minnesota and shines a spotlight on how our food, and where it comes from, impacts everyone’s health.”

AgStar’s annual donation also will require a matching gift each year made in support of the cancer research conducted at The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota in Austin.

Since 2001, AgStar has donated more than $4 million to organizations in rural communities that work to improve quality of life through education, technology or the environment. The AgStar Fund is a corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, based in Mankato, with a mission to enhance the quality of life and future opportunities for rural residents and their communities.

In 2013, AgStar completed a three-year pledge to provide $10,000 annually to The Hormel Institute for cancer research. When that $30,000 commitment began, the gift was AgStar’s first donation ever made since its inception in 2001 to specifically support cancer research.



On Friday, AgStar leaders announced they will continue that annual contribution in perpetuity.

Dr. Zigang Dong, Executive Director of The Hormel Institute, expressed gratitude for AgStar’s ongoing trust in The Institute’s cancer research and commitment toward furthering progress in the fight against the disease.

“All of us at The Hormel Institute are highly grateful to have been designated as the recipients of such a significant, annual gift from our friends and partners at AgStar,” Dong said. “Especially given today’s difficult funding environment for medical research, this gift will provide vital funds to help us further progress in making discoveries that lead to cancer prevention and control.”

As with all donations to The Hormel Institute, 100 percent of AgStar’s gift will directly fund cancer research at The Institute.

AgStar Financial Services is a cooperative owned by its client-stockholders. It provides financial services and business tools for agricultural and rural clients in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.