(March 9) A $2 million donation from Rabobank to the National Steinbeck Center, Salinas, Calif., will result in the renaming of the center’s agricultural wing as the Rabobank Agriculture Museum.

The donation is the largest private gift received by the National Steinbeck Center since its opening in 1998, said Bruce Taylor, chairman of the center’s board and chief executive officer of Salinas-based Taylor Farms of California.

The Valley of the World agricultural museum within the center opened in 2003.

The gift will go partially toward completing the third phase for the museum’s expansion plans for a two-story building with galleries and classrooms. It boosts the center’s goal of raising $6 million to develop art and educational aspects of the museum, Taylor said.

A $3 million grant from the state is pending, he added.

Half of the donation will be used to establish the Rabobank Endowment Fund.

Rabobank, a Netherlands-based bank that recently acquired Community Bank of Central California, specializes in agricultural finance.