IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- The Idaho Board of Education has approved an agreement between the University of Idaho and Limagrain Cereal Seeds that will increase wheat development research and expand the university's graduate education opportunities in agriculture.

Under the agreement, Limagrain Cereal Seeds will help fund research and education endowments for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The company will also fund two $20,000 graduate-level assistantships each year. The endowments will help cover the cost of studies by faculty members on better ways to grow wheat on the rolling hills of the Palouse in northern Idaho.

Limagrain Cereal Seeds bills itself as one of the world's largest seed companies. The Idaho Wheat Commission will have an advisory role in the collaboration.

The Idaho Board of Education approved the agreement on Friday.

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