USDA awards grants to black land-grant colleges

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday announced a plan to award 53 grants worth a total of $18 million to 19 historically black land-grant colleges and universities. 

The grants are provided by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and will be used to support research, teaching and extension activities.

"Earlier this year, we celebrated the 125th anniversary of the Second Morrill Act and USDA's historic partnership with 1890 historically black land-grant colleges and universities," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. "Today's announcement continues our partnership and will help ensure the schools are able to sustain our nation's agricultural sector for another 125 years and beyond. We are pleased to be able to build the capacity of these important institutions and support the next generation of leaders in agriculture."

The awards from NIFA made the awards through the 1890 Institution Teaching, Research and Extension Capacity Building Grants (CBG) program. The program provides support to historically black colleges and universities that were designated as land-grant universities (LGUs) in the Second Morrill Act in 1890. 

There are 19 of these universities including Delaware State University, which received a teaching grant; Tuskegee University, which received a research grant; and West Virginia State, which received an extension grant.

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