USDA Awards $16 Million to Support Research, Teaching, and Extension Programs at 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded $16 million for 42 grants to support research, teaching, and extension activities at the 1890 historically black land-grant colleges and universities.

NIFA made the awards through the 1890 Institution Teaching, Research, and Extension Capacity Building Grants (CBG) program, which focuses on building and strengthening research, teaching, and extension programs in the food and agricultural sciences by building the institutional capacities of the 1890 land-grant institutions. Additionally, CBG focuses on strengthening the partnerships among the universities, government agencies, and private industry through food and agricultural science and advancing cultural diversity in the scientific and professional workforce by attracting more students from underrepresented groups.

“Today’s announcement signifies our continuing partnership with the 1890 land-grant universities to ensure the sustainability of our country’s agricultural future,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “The next generation of leaders will be shaped because of our commitment to research, education, and extension outreach.”

NIFA awards competitive grants to the 1890 land-grant institutions that address key problems of national, regional, and multi-institutional importance in sustaining all components of agriculture, including farm efficiency and profitability, ranching, renewable energy, forestry (both urban and agroforestry), aquaculture, organic agriculture, rural communities and entrepreneurship, human nutrition, food safety, family and consumer sciences, biotechnology, and conventional breeding.

Fiscal year 2016 grants include:

Extension
Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, Alabama $347,440
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama, $597,478
Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware, $247,474
Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi, $247,399
Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi,$246,408
Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri,$467,858
Research
Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, Alabama, $496,918
Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, Alabama, $297,478
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama, $497,479
Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama, $297,479
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, $497,479
Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida, $297,477
Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky, $596,530
Southern University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, $284,621
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland, $597,479
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland, $297,475
Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, $296,804
Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio, $592,493
Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio, $579,479
Langston University, Langston, Oklahoma, $495,235
Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, $297,479
Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee, $297,476
Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, $596,395
Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, $589,101
Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, $297,451
Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia, $416,248
Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia, $295,274
West Virginia State University, Institute, West Virginia, $597,406
West Virginia State University, Institute, West Virginia, $296,942
Teaching
Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, Alabama, $147,479
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, $297,416
Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware, $597,465
Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware, $45,000
Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Florida, $597,479
Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky, $591,724
Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Kentucky, $147,469
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland, $297,479
University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland, $147,479
Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, $147,471
North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, North Carolina, $147,479
Langston University-Tulsa, Langston, Oklahoma, $597,479
Virginia State University, Petersburg, Virginia, $297,479
Project details can be found at the NIFA website (link is external).

Among the recipients, Southern University will identify novel anti-cancer and neuro protective antioxidants from the roselle plant. Past awardees, such as Fort Valley University (link is external), discovered ways to advance goat milk production. As a result, the researchers discovered a method of reducing goat cheese fat by 19 percent, which will help in developing reduced-fat goat cheese products. Researchers at Tennessee State University determined how the dietary intake of American ginseng may prevent childhood obesity.

NIFA invests in and advances agricultural research, education, and extension and promotes transformative discoveries that solve societal challenges. NIFA’s integrated research, education, and extension programs support the best and brightest scientists and extension personnel whose work results in user-inspired, groundbreaking discoveries that combat childhood obesity, improve and sustain rural economic growth, address water availability issues, increase food production, find new sources of energy, mitigate climate variability, and ensure food safety. To learn more about NIFA’s impact on agricultural science, visit www.nifa.usda.gov/impacts, sign up for email updates (link is external) or follow us on Twitter @USDA_NIFA (link is external), #NIFAImpacts (link is external).

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