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Millions invested to boost research at black land-grant colleges

Millions invested to boost research at black land-grant colleges


By Jamie Martin

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a significant investment in 1890 Land-grant universities, which are historically Black colleges and universities. The $30.8 million grant comes through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) program aimed at strengthening these institutions' teaching, research, and extension capabilities.

These funds will support 68 projects across 19 universities. The projects aim to address various agricultural challenges, from food security to climate change. They will also help develop a more diverse agricultural workforce.

"This investment strengthens the ability of 1890 Land-grant universities to deliver innovative solutions for agriculture," said NIFA Director Dr. Manjit Misra.

Examples of funded projects include:

  • Developing a new gene-editing system for peanuts at Fort Valley State University.
  • Creating a chocolate science education program at North Carolina A&T State University.
  • Building digital commerce skills for small farms in South Carolina by South Carolina State University.
  • Introducing K-12 students in Louisiana to science and agriculture through a mobile STEAM lab from Southern University.
  • Studying the health benefits of ginger at Virginia State University.

The USDA views this investment as crucial for building a more robust and equitable agricultural sector. The funding will enhance research and educational opportunities at 1890 Land-grant universities, allowing them to play a leading role in addressing future agricultural challenges.

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