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on January 23, 2017

USDA announces $18.9 million available to support ag education

1890s land-grant colleges and universities are eligible for the funding

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced $18.9 million in funding for eligible 1890 land-grant colleges and universities to obtain or improve agricultural and food sciences facilities and equipment. The 1890 Facilities Grant Program helps the eligible institutions educate the future workforce in the food, agricultural and human sciences job sectors.

"This funding signals our ongoing commitment to create future leaders and skilled professionals in the field of agricultural innovation," said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. "By building adequate facilities we help 1890 Land-Grant Universities and Institutions sustain their programs in agriculture, food and human sciences."

The 1890 land-grant institutions were established under the Second Morrill Act of 1890 to foster higher education opportunities for African-Americans and other underrepresented student populations. This funding opportunity aligns with NIFA's strategic goal to develop human capital, communities and a diverse workforce through research, education, extension and engagement programs in food and agricultural sciences to support a sustainable agriculture system.

Eligible applicants include Alabama A&M University, Tuskegee University, University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, Southern University, University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Lincoln University, Alcorn State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Central State University, Langston University, South Carolina State University, Tennessee State University, Prairie View A&M University, Virginia State University, and West Virginia State University.

The application deadline is March 9. See the request for applications on the NIFA 1890s Facilities Grants Program web page for more information.

Previously funded projects include an outreach and teaching facility for livestock at Tuskegee University. The project also provides outdoor laboratory facilities for veterinary faculty and students. Florida A&M University completed renovations to the Quincy Teleconference Center to better serve the needs of limited-resource audiences in the community by offering programs that address educational, economic and health issues.

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