Campaign Goal: $40 million
$55 M

Commodity Gifts for CALS

Zenner Families of Genesee, ID

"We recognize the importance of the college's
research and the need for growers to support it."
— Russ Zenner '68, Genesee, 2012

Gifts of Grain

By contributing commodities to the University of Idaho Foundation, an Idaho not-for-profit corporation, you are providing the UI College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) with a donation that retains the full value of your crop. In addition to self-employment, federal, and state tax benefits that you may receive for giving a gift of grain, CALS provides exclusive benefits to recognize you for your generous support. Learn more.


Donate a steer to CALS! Even if you don’t own a steer, you can participate in the Steer-A-Year program by purchasing one from the University of Idaho. Donors may designate how revenue from their steer is distributed, and are invited to an annual golf tournament and banquet in the fall. Donating to the Steer-A-Year program may also entitle you to an Idaho tax credit. Learn more.

Why Genesee’s Zenner families donated wheat to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

WITH A HEALTHY WHEAT HARVEST AND STRONG PRICES, Russ and Kathy Zenner of Genesee decided to share their good fortune and donate part of their crop to support CALS’ Cereal Research Enhancement Fund.

The 1,000 bushels of wheat donated by the Zenners sold for $7,507.64, providing funds to directly address the needs of Idaho’s grain producers.

“We’re at that stage of our career when we’ve had success, and we’re very blessed to have this opportunity,” Zenner said. “We decided it’s time to give back and further the opportunity for the next generation.”

A 1968 agricultural economics graduate, he first worked for Farm Credit Services. In 1970, he returned to the multi-family farm near Genesee established by his grandfather in 1936. Two early volunteer roles as a farmer led him to focus on sustaining the land and the farm’s future. He served on the Latah County Soil Conservation District and with STEEP, a regional land-grant university initiative to minimize soil erosion.

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