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Sep 24 2020

TC Energy donates $500,000 to new Ag Center in Nebraska

Posted by TC Energy
Training the next generation of farmers and ranchers

The TC Energy Foundation recently donated US$500,000 to Northeast Community College in Nebraska to help build a new agricultural center, which will educate the next generation of farmers and ranchers on the best practices and the latest technology needed to increase food production, while conserving natural resources, such as water.

Northeast Community College educates about 7,000 students each year and is located in the City of Norfolk, along the route of Keystone and Keystone XL.

TC Energy has a long history of supporting educational initiatives, and this partnership allows us to further this commitment while directly supporting communities along our Keystone XL project route. Partnering with Northeast Community College will not only support the college in offering top-level facilities, but more importantly it will help develop the next generation of Nebraska farmers. One of the many benefits of this partnership is the positive affect among communities across the Keystone and Keystone XL routes, which TC Energy owns and operates.”

Scott Castleman
Keystone XL, Director of Public Affairs and Communications

The donation was recently announced during an official groundbreaking ceremony at Norfolk on Sept. 10. Trevor Jones, a public affairs advisor for Keystone XL, presented the donation to an enthusiastic crowd of about 150 people.

Dr. Tracy Kruse, an associate vice president at Northeast Community College, told the crowd that TC Energy’s contribution demonstrated their commitment to supporting local communities along the route of their assets.

“TC Energy’s motto is to build stronger, more vibrant communities through their giving,” said Dr. Kruse, associate vice president of development and external affairs and executive director of the Northeast Foundation. “They have clearly demonstrated their commitment to our local communities, our workforce, and to the success of the entire agriculture industry through their generosity to this project. We couldn’t be more appreciative of their support and partnership.”

The new agricultural center at Northeast Community College will be built in phases. The first phase includes a new veterinary technology building and a new large animal handling facility.

The goal is to give the next generation of students the skills and the training needed to increase food production through innovation, applied research and hands-on experience, while learning how to protect Nebraska’s resources for future generations.

Read the full news release

Watch the groungbreaking ceremony video