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News Release

November 29, 2017
Contact: Marisa Larson, 785-532-7648,

Tuffy’s Pet Foods invests in the pet food science program at Kansas State University

Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Perham, Minnesota, has made an investment in the pet food science program in the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University. They have given a gift to create the Tuffy’s Pet Foods Leadership Fund for Faculty and Program Development in Pet Food Science. This gift supports faculty in the pet food program in the Department of Grain Science and Industry in the College of Agriculture. The gift also supports continued investment in research and program development in the area of pet food and nutrition science. “We are very grateful to Charlie and Kenny Nelson as a legacy to founder Tuffy Nelson, with their financial means, encouragement and leadership to ‘a harmonious whole’,” said Greg Aldrich, pet food program coordinator at K-State. “This contribution to our program exemplifies the community focus and leadership that Tuffy's/KLN Family brands has to pets, pet parents and to the students that will be the future pet food industry employees and scientists advancing our knowledge regarding the ideal foods and nutrition in the future.” “An in-depth understanding of pet food science and animal nutrition is central to Tuffy’s Pet Foods’ efforts to provide the very best in pet nutrition,” said Patrick Dolen, marketing coordinator for Tuffy’s Pet Foods. “Through hard work, consistent effort and a willingness to share knowledge, Dr. Greg Aldrich and K-State have earned the respect of the pet food industry. By investing in programs and faculty that prepare students for successful careers, we are seeding the future with the scientific minds that will continue to drive innovation and safety while meeting the needs of pets and their owners. Given our strategically aligned efforts surrounding pet health, Tuffy’s is a very proud supporter of the K-State pet food program and faculty.” As Kansas State University’s strategic partner for philanthropy, the KSU Foundation inspires and guides philanthropy toward university priorities to boldly advance K-State family. The foundation is leading Innovation and Inspiration: The Campaign for Kansas State University to raise $1.4 billion for student success, faculty development, facility enhancement and programmatic success. Visit for more information.