Aug 30th 2016 | Posted in News by Priscilla Loebenberg

Historically black land-grant colleges and universities will be able to build or improve agriculture and food science research facilities with $18.9 million in grants. The awards were announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture this week. The awards were made through the 1890s Facilities Grants program.

“These awards help colleges and universities make improvements that support cutting-edge academic research and foster 21st-century innovation that will shape the future of American agriculture,” said Dr. Joe Leonard, Jr., USDA Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights.

USDA awards $18.9 million for agricultural research facilitiesAmong the recipients was Tuskegee University. The Alabama university received $952,989. The school will use the funds to help construct a red meat slaughtering unit; a poultry research, teaching and outreach facility; and an integrative agricultural research, extension and teaching complex.

Florida A&M University was awarded $917,871. The funds will be used to help renovate two teleconference centers, one of which is located at the research and extension center at a farm in Quincy, Fla. The centers will be upgraded to support audio-visual aids to improve presentations.

About $1.2 million was awarded to Missouri’s Lincoln University. Funds will be used to construct a 3,000-square-foot addition to an existing research center and build a 2,400-square-foot greenhouse. An 8,000-square-foot satellite extension office is also planned.

Details on the awards can be found here.

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