The University of Tennessee says a $3 million gift from alumni will have a transformational effect on its agriculture program.

The institute for agriculture says Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith and his wife have provided enough money for a permanent endowment.

The couple attended UT for their undergraduate degrees.

The money will fund a faculty position that will focus on science based agriculture solutions to world-wide hunger.

"By 2050 there will be 9 billion people on this planet. And we have to feed them with the same amount of land and water. So this will certainly help UT be a player as we try to deal with those issues," said Chancellor Larry Arrington.

Whoever fills the faculty position will be tasked with developing international programs for the four schools within the Ag campus, including the college of veterinary medicine.

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