Mar 22 2019

Shelby: USDA Awards Alabama Universities $3.6M in Agriculture Research Grants

released the following statement applauding an announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarding a total of $3,613,934 in National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grants to Tuskegee University and Alabama A&M University.  The funding will promote food and agricultural sciences programs and research at the land-grant universities.

“These NIFA grants are great news for both Alabama A&M and Tuskegee,” said Senator Shelby.  “It is vital that we strengthen agricultural research opportunities for universities in our state, and I am glad that USDA continues to invest in Alabama.”

NIFA awards 1890 Institution Teaching, Research, and Extension Capacity Building Grants to strengthen the partnerships among the universities, government agencies, and private industry through food and agricultural science and advancing diversity in the scientific and professional workforce. The grants were funded through the fiscal year 2018 appropriations process.

Tuskegee University, located in Macon County, received the following four USDA NIFA grants:

  • $406,968 to train underrepresented students in food science engineering principles.
  • $499,999 to enhance the university’s research capacity and provide new agricultural research equipment key to students’ knowledge of modern precision agriculture.
  • $600,000 to minimize the disease and parasite problems in small ruminants through evaluation and research.
  • $300,000 to develop an international program to enhance faculty and students’ learning, discovery, and engagement experiences in tropical agroecosystems and food systems.

Alabama A&M University, located in Madison County, received the following five USDA NIFA grants:

  • $346,670 to research the advantages of using forestland for meat and goat production.
  • $100,000 to initiate a vermicomposting and wastes valorization research education program at the university.
  • $250,000 to build Extension’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs capacity by enhancing and strengthening science, technology, engineering, agricultural, and mathematics education. 
  • $510,297 to develop the food processing and safety component’s capacity to support training for undergraduate, graduate, and high school students.
  • $600,000 to foster engaged student learning through hands-on, interactive forestry teaching and research.