A Perkins County farmer has made a gift of more than $3 million to the University of Nebraska to benefit the wheat breeding program and cropping systems research.
Marvin H. Stumpf III of Grant has made the gift to the University of Nebraska Foundation to establish the Stumpf Family Research and Development Fund to support agricultural research and university Extension services. The contribution includes a $1 million outright gift and donation of 640 acres of land in Perkins County that has an appraised market value of more than $2 million.
"This gift is about honoring my family and our Nebraska heritage," Stumpf says. "This state has meant so much to generations of my family, and it's a privilege to give back in a way that will further agricultural research and service well into the future."
Ronnie Green, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources vice chancellor at UNL, says, "Marvin Stumpf's rich and active legacy will live on through these gifts, providing researchers, faculty and students the opportunity to make new discoveries on his land.
"We are excited about the additional opportunities this donation creates for the wheat industry in Nebraska and even more excited about the future impact our partnership will have on our state, region and world, since as much as 50% of Nebraska's wheat is annually exported to international markets," Green says. "The wheat industry is big business in Nebraska, with between 65 and 75 million bushels grown each year."
Archie Clutter, dean of the Agricultural Research Division at UNL, says, "The Perkins County location will add important representation of High Plains, semi-arid production to the UNL system of integrated research and allow accelerated progress in the development and application of new plant science biotechnologies."
A Nebraska native, Marvin Stumpf worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Denver, Colo., and received a degree from Metropolitan State University in Denver. He returned to Nebraska to help his parents, Henry J. and Darlene Stumpf, with the family farm. Through hard work and determination, the family built the farm into a successful enterprise in Perkins County, where Stumpf continues to live and work. The family's use of dryland cropping techniques, combined with organic farming experience, are the tangible results of their willingness to experiment with new ideas while using the land to its fullest potential.