SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Tyson Foods has donated $1.3 million to the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture to update the system’s Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Fayetteville.
The donation includes $300,000 to renovate the pilot processing plant, adding stadium seating and a test kitchen; $200,000 to construct a facility for antibiotic-free research; $200,000 to construct and education center; $150,000 to construct a disease research and pathogen testing facility; $150,000 to renovate two broiler research houses; $100,000 to create a broiler breeder cage facility in an existing building; $100,000 to renovate an existing building for genetics research; and $100,000 to landscape the poultry research farm.
Announcement of the grant came during the 20th anniversary celebration of the university’s Center for Excellence for Poultry Science housed in a building named for Tyson Foods founder John Tyson.
The Tyson Foods donation is a matching gift with a challenge to the poultry industry to match the initial gift.
The university announced that two other Arkansas poultry companies, George’s Inc. and Simmons Foods Inc., each contributed $100,000 to the research facility.