Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday new grants totaling more than $35 million to support research, teaching and Extension activities at 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Colleges and Universities. The grant comes from the U.S Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Ohio House Representative Marcia Fudge brought up the program with the Department of Agriculture.
Vilsack said the Universities use the grants in multiple ways:
“About half of that amount is going in our research extension and teaching capacity and building Grant Program, which is focused on the priority areas of bio-energy, food security, childhood obesity prevention, food safety and climate change”, Vilsack said. “The other half will go in the 1890 Facilities Grant Program which is really focused on food science facilities and equipment, and libraries. It gives the Colleges and Universities the ability to upgrade their facilities.”
Lincoln University in Jefferson City is one of the 21 Land Grant Schools and Vilsack said the school will benefit from these new funds.
“For example, Lincoln University in Missouri is receiving $999,000 in the research area,” he said.
Beyond the research area, Lincoln University will also receive $299,000 for teaching, while the 1890 Facilities Grants Program will provide the school with $1 million.
Agriculture Secretary also said two programs are available for Land Grant Universities students and faculty: the 1890 Scholars Program that attract students for community and Agriculture Department careers, and the CBG Program enhancing networking between faculty members.