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Donations of grain fuel K-State's future

Tractors working farm land

Vulgamore Family Farms, Scott City, Kansas.
Photo by David Mayes Photography

What's more Kansas than grain?

In 2012, Rich Porter contacted the KSU Foundation with an idea to creatively give back to Kansas State University and fuel research by gifting grain. As a two-time K-State graduate (chemical engineering, 1972; Master of Agribusiness, 2004) and longtime university supporter, Rich had learned from friends and accountants how gifts of grain maximize donations and reduce producer taxes.

Through his research, Rich discovered gifting grain to K-State is incredibly easy and fit his giving philosophy — find a great project with a solid track record and forward momentum, ensure good people are leading the program, and donate where money will make a difference. He called the foundation with a proposal to gift soybeans and later corn.

"I returned to the farm in 1979, just prior to the ag crisis of the 1980s," Rich says. "With two college degrees, I had never taken a single class in agriculture. (Rich's second degree was a Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University in 1975.) Knowing I knew nothing about farming made me more dependent upon the specialists at K-State. I learned from them and have returned to help others learn."

Why gifts of grain?

Farmers work hard to produce generous harvests and want their donations to realize similar gains. In gifting grain, producers easily maximize their impact by transferring the grain directly to the beneficiary and excluding the crop sale from their income while still deducting the production costs, which can have very beneficial tax advantages to the producer. As Rich says, "It's very tax efficient and almost too good to be true!"

How to grow your gifts to K-State

As always, first consult your tax professional, then call the KSU Foundation and arrange for the university to take receipt of your unsold crop. Once the arrangement is set, deliver the grain to your local elevator and transfer a quantity to the foundation's account at the elevator. Your next step is to notify the foundation the grain has been delivered. The foundation then calls to direct the sale. That's it.

"I know the gifts will be well-utilized," Rich says. "There are great people at the university doing great things with the resources available."

If you are interested in other ways to create an estate gift for K-State via the KSU Foundation, visit our website where you'll discover how easy it can be to add K-State to your will or trust and other smart ways to give. Please contact the Gift Planning team at 785-775-2000 or with questions.