- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 5, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The world’s largest pork producer is making a donation to a program which helps veterans make the transition from military service to agriculture.

The Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods, announced Monday that it has presented a $200,000 donation to North Carolina State University’s Soldier to Agriculture Program. A news release from the foundation said the donation will help the school expand the program.

According to the foundation, the contribution also will add to Smithfield’s history of supporting military families and veterans, including Operation 4000!, the company’s mission to employ 4,000 veterans by 2020.

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