An $88,000 donation from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company will fund the purchase of sausage-making equipment for California State University, Chico's Paul L. Byrne Agricultural Teaching and Research Center, commonly called the University Farm.
The donation will purchase the University Farm equipment to further develop the farm's line of smoked sausages, which are served at the Sierra Nevada Restaurant and Taproom and sold to the public at the University Farm, the school announced.
"Sierra Nevada continues to demonstrate its incredible commitment to hands-on learning here at the University Farm," said Randy Long of the university's Meats Lab, who was instrumental in working with Sierra Nevada to secure the donation.
Students who work in the Meats Laboratory or take classes in the College of Agriculture will now be able to learn about meat processing and food safety on state-of-the-art processing equipment.
The College of Agriculture began partnering with the company in 2003 through a project where students manage Sierra Nevada's cattle at the University Farm.
The University Farm Meats Laboratory processes the livestock and the beef is served on the Sierra Nevada restaurant menu.
The new processing equipment will be custom-built for the University Farm and is expected to be installed in the fall.