Education

Clinton farmer gives NCSU $10M for poultry research, teaching

Posted October 9, 2012

— The owners of a Clinton-based poultry and pork operation have donated $10 million to North Carolina State University for poultry research and education and extension programs, officials said Wednesday.

With the gift, the school will rename its Department of Poultry Science as the Prestage Family Department of Poultry Science in honor of Bill and Marsha Prestage and their family, Chancellor Randy Woodson said.

"The impact of this gift will ensure the pre-eminence of the Prestage Department of Poultry Science for generations to come and provide a powerful stimulus for economic development in North Carolina and beyond,” Woodson said in a statement.

The gift will be divided into two endowments. One will provide faculty and student support, curriculum enrichment, increased opportunity for interdisciplinary research and enhanced ability to respond to an agricultural crisis. The second will fund the Prestage Family Distinguished Professorship in Turkey Physiology, Nutrition and Immunology, allowing N.C. State to recruit a top faculty member in the field.

"This endowment is an investment in the future," Bill Prestage said in a statement. "With only six poultry science departments left in the country, we felt it was important to endow the N.C. State poultry science department in order to ensure that the department would always have the funding necessary to continue its service to the industry."

North Carolina ranks second nationally in overall poultry production, with nearly 10 percent of the U.S. volume. Companies statewide produce approximately 800 million broilers, or chickens raised for meat, 32 million turkeys and more than 3 billion eggs annually.

Prestage Farms works with more than 400 family farms across the country to produce about 1.25 billion pounds of turkey and pork each year.

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  • thelonious monk Oct 11, 1:48 p.m.

    "I wonder how much in government subsidies they get." - Tony Snark

    Like what??? Examples???

  • wasone Oct 11, 12:14 p.m.

    Most people on this site haven't a clue as to what Prestage Farms means to Sampson and surrounding counties. I for one hope he buys a bigger boat!

  • Tony Snark Oct 11, 9:43 a.m.

    I wonder how much in government subsidies they get.

  • ncman22 Oct 10, 5:50 p.m.

    The Prestage family is doing it right. Good for them. They are good people. Our NC communities down east are proud of NC State and Prestage has allowed North Carlinians to buy chicken from NC and not China.

  • Billfisher Oct 10, 4:35 p.m.

    Maybe you all should watch him fly off to the Islands in his private jet and meet up with his family who are waiting on his multi million dollar Yacht before you say these things. He is a great business man but most of his contractors cant afford a bass boat much less a yacht.
    beargun

    Quit hatin'. These are good friends and good folks.

  • piene2 Oct 10, 4:21 p.m.

    "It is always fascinating to me how money talks. Why would anyone with that amount of money give it to a very small department in the College of Ag. & Life Sciences at NCSU and not on a broader scale to help more students and faculty? I think we all know the answer to that question, don't we?
    Defiant"

    Yes we sure do know the answer. It is their money to do with whatever they please. And by the way, it is none of your darn business how they spend their money.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 10, 4:09 p.m.

    "Maybe you all should watch him fly off to the Islands in his private jet and meet up with his family who are waiting on his multi million dollar Yacht before you say these things. He is a great business man but most of his contractors cant afford a bass boat much less a yacht."

    Then they might want to consider doing something else so they can afford a yacht. I realize it might seem easier to have the Government steal money for them, but the Government greedies like Obama will never redistribute that much money to them.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 10, 4:07 p.m.

    "It is always fascinating to me how money talks. Why would anyone with that amount of money give it to a very small department in the College of Ag. & Life Sciences at NCSU and not on a broader scale to help more students and faculty? I think we all know the answer to that question, don't we? Defiant"

    The only thing I do not like is he gave this to a taxpayer subsidized school. Too bad there was not a private institution to which he could have donated the money. Sad to see money handed over to an organization that normally extorts money via the State gun barrel.

  • thelonious monk Oct 10, 2:47 p.m.

    @ beargun >>> I believe they grow turkeys through contract growers, which means that every farmer they work with has agreed to raise turkeys for them at a mutually agreed upon price. If they weren't fair deals, then why do so many people grow with them and others?

    If a farmer - or any person for that matter - wants to bear most of the risk involved with feeding, medicating, transporting, and selling turkeys, pigs, or any other goods, they are as free and open to do so as they'd like. Big risk can lead to big reward, just as big risk can lead to big loss. It just seems that some, like yourself, want to demonize and "share" in any accumulated wealth (I think they've been around for 30 years!), but as I stated in an earlier comment, you're no where to be found if they started losing their tail.

  • cantstandgoloanymore Oct 10, 2:04 p.m.

    technetium9 - so the "slave" farmers aren't able to take advantage of the education opprotunities being made available through this donation? Do they keep them locked up and whip them if they try to go anywhere near NCSU to learn how to raise poultry for themselve? Please provide video of this happening. While you're at it, provide video of the Prestage Farms representatives holding guns to the farmers heads forcing them to give their products to them.

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