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U.S. Department Of Agriculture Announces $30.8 Million Investment To 19 HBCUs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced an investment of $30.8 million as part of its commitment to all 19 of America’s designated 1890 historically black Land-grant Universities.

This investment, made through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s 1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grants Program will support scientific research that addresses some of our nation’s toughest agricultural challenges.

The HBCUs receiving the grant awards are: Alabama A&M University (4 awards); Alcorn State University (5 awards): Central State University (2 awards); Delaware State University (3 awards); Florida A&M University (6 awards): Fort Valley State University (4 awards): Kentucky State University (4 awards); Langston University (2 awards); Lincoln University (4 awards): North Carolina A&T State University (1 award): Prairie View A&M University (4 awards); South Carolina State University (1 award); Southern University (3 awards); Tennessee State University (5 awards); Tuskegee University (2 awards); University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (4 awards); University of Maryland Eastern Shore (5 awards); Virginia State University (1 award); and West Virginia State University (8 awards).

The United States Department of Agriculture is the federal executive department responsible for developing and executing federal laws related to farming, forestry, rural economic development, and food.

Across NIFA’s portfolio (competitive and capacity), NIFA invested $528 million in FY 2023 in 1890 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), non-LGU HBCU, Insular LGU, the HBCU University of the District of Columbia, Hispanic-serving Institutions and 1994 LGU Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities. The total investment made to 1890 LGUs in FY 2023 was $353.3 million. 

These institutions can be found online by visiting the interactive Land-grant University map.

The USDA impacts the lives of all Americans in many positive ways every day. In the Biden-Harris Administration, the USDA is working to transform America’s food system.

This includes focusing on building a more resilient local and regional food production, creating fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy, and nutritious food in all communities, developing new markets and income streams for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making significant investments in rural America’s infrastructure and clean energy capabilities, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and creating a more representative workforce.

To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.

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