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$4.8 million invested in Centers of Excellence

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Three land-grant institutions get $1.6 million each for their Centers of Excellence.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture is investing $4.8 million to support Centers of Excellence at 1890 Land-Grant Institutions in America. The investments in these institutions is made possible through the NIFA 1890 Centers of Excellence Grants program, funded through the FY 2019 Federal Appropriations Bill.

“Access to research and educational opportunities is a cornerstone of prosperity, and this investment will help provide opportunities will for America’s underserved and disadvantaged farmers by providing access to research and educational opportunities that will enhance the quality of life in our rural communities,” said Deputy Under Secretary Scott Hutchins.

Each of the following universities is awarded a $1,600,000 grant:

  • University of Maryland – Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland, for its Center of Excellence for International Engagement and Development. The University of Maryland’s CEIED will fund teaching, research, extension, and integrated projects designed to supply the United States with a globally educated workforce and support critical global development needs.
  • Tuskegee University – Tuskegee, Alabama, for its Center for Innovation and Sustainable Small Farms, Ranches, and Forestlands. Tuskegee University’s CISFR will fund research, extension, and integrated projects designed to increase profitability, natural resource conservation and market demand for small farmers, including socially disadvantaged/underserved farmers, ranchers and forest landowners.
  • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University – Greensboro, North Carolina, for its Virtual Center to Motivate and Educate for Achievement. North Carolina A&T State University’s MEA will fund teaching, research and extension projects to enhance academic achievement in food, agricultural, natural resources, and human sciences.

The 1890 COE Program provides support for Centers of Excellence that were originally established in 2015 in conjunction with the 125th Anniversary of the Second Morrill Act of 1890. The 1890’s COE are hosted by 1890 Land-Grant Institutions with the goals of:

  • increasing profitability and rural prosperity in underserved farming communities;
  • addressing critical needs for enhanced international training and development; and
  • increasing diversity in the science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics (STEAM) pipeline.
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