Kentucky Ag News

USDA announces $18.9 million to improve research facilities at 1890 historically black land-grant colleges and universities




FRANKFORT, Ky. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on Aug. 29 announced $18.9 million in renewal awards to build or improve agricultural and food science research facilities and equipment at historically black land-grant colleges and universities.

Kentucky State University in Frankfort was awarded a grant of $1,085,670.


"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, who today announced the awards during a visit to North Carolina A&T University. "For more than a century USDA has built strong partnerships with historically black colleges and 1890 Land-Grant Universities, and the 1890 Facilities Grant Program ensures that partnership will continue to benefit students for many more years to come."


The awards are made through the 1890s Facilities Grants program, which provides funding for the acquisition and improvement of food, agricultural, and human sciences facilities and equipment, including libraries, so that the 1890 land-grant institutions may participate fully in the production of human capital in the food and agricultural sciences.

Abstracts for the 2016 funded projects can be viewed on NIFA's reporting website.