Feb 24, 2017
USDA invests $4.8M in university agricultural programs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has issued 19 grants totaling $4,790,100 to support agricultural science programs at non-land-grant universities. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Capacity Building Grants for Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA) program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

NIFA’s NLGCA program offers competitive grants to help these institutions maintain and expand their capacity to conduct education, research and outreach activities in agriculture, renewable resources and related disciplines.

Awards for 2016 include:

  • Arkansas State University, Arkansas, $149,016
  • California State University, Chico, California, $150,000
  • California State University, Bakersfield, California, $149,753
  • California State University Fresno Foundation, Fresno, California, $148,699
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, $300,000
  • Western Kentucky University Research Foundation, Bowling Green, Kentucky, $297,278
  • Murray State University, Murray, Kentucky, $149,868
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota, $30,000
  • Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, $298,669
  • Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri, $137,074
  • Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, Missouri, $150,000
  • Montclair State College, Upper Montclair, New Jersey, $150,000
  • SUNY College of Agriculture & Technology, Cobleskill, New York, $749,216
  • Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, $150,000
  • University of Tennessee at Martin, Tennessee, $299,989
  • Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, $283,072
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, $749,404
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, $148,556
  • University of Wisconsin, Platteville, Wisconsin, $299,506

Among the funded projects, a Montclair State University project will investigate how farmers markets in urban communities can improve both farmer livelihoods and nutrition among low-income consumers. Texas Tech University will create a new academic and outreach program on Global Food Security to train the next generation of change agents to help to reduce hunger on a global scale. California State University, Bakersfield will investigate the use of treated unconventional water.

More information on these projects is available on the NIFA website.




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