The University of Illinois announced Wednesday that Monsanto Company pledged a $250,000 grant to be put towards an initiative between the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) and the College of Media to help establish an Agricultural Communications Program endowed chair that will strengthen communications for agricultural and rural development.

“With the population expecting to reach nine billion by 2030, farmers from Illinois and beyond will be asked to produce more crops while using fewer resources. At Monsanto, we are committed to bringing farmers advanced ag technologies to help them meet this challenge,” said Tami Craig Schilling, vice president of technology communications for Monsanto. “Effectively communicating farmers’ efforts to feed, clothe, and fuel a rapidly growing population is a major part of the solution.”