The United States Department of Agriculture announced Monday that North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro has been awarded a $1,120,427 grant for a new food research building.

The grant is part of an $18.9 million package of awards distributed by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to build or improve agricultural and food science research facilities and equipment at historically black land-grant colleges and universities.

The NCA&T award will be used to construct a Complex for Urban and Sustainable Agriculture, Food, Education and Research (C-U-SAFER) building and to establish a student farm. The complex and farm will provide students opportunities for multi-disciplinary projects, as well as help the school leverage extramural support from outside organizations with an interest in sustainable agriculture, local and community food systems.

“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 Joe Leonard, Jr., Ph.D., USDA assistant secretary for civil rights. He announced the awards during a visit to NCA&T.

Awards program recognizes 1890 land-grant institutions

The awards announced today 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, including Tuskegee University, may participate fully in the production of human capital in the food and agricultural sciences.

Besides the NCA&T award, others for 2016 include:

  • Alabama A&M University, Huntsville, Ala., $952,989
  • Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala., $952,989
  • University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff., Ark., $904,537
  • Delaware State University, Dover, Del., $700,649
  • Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla., $917,871
  • Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Ga., $1,003,446
  • Southern University, Baton Rouge, La., $839,111
  • Kentucky State University, Frankfort, Ky., $1,085,670
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Md., $806,685
  • Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Mo., $1,185,476
  • Alcorn State University, Lorman, Miss., $885,952
  • Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio, $1,299,243
  • Langston University, Langston, Okla., $991,763
  • South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, S.C., $873,535
  • Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas, $1,510,894
  • Tennessee State University Nashville, Tenn., $1,089,527
  • Virginia State University, Petersburg, Va., $993,968
  • West Virginia State University, Morgantown, W. Va., $826,068

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