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NEWS RELEASE


USDA Awards More Than $10 Million in Grants to 18 1890 Land-Grant Institutions and Tuskegee University

Release No. 0411.03
Marti Asner 202-720-8188
Alisa Harrison (202) 720-4623


WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2003—Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman today announced that more than $10 million in capacity building grants have been awarded to the 18 historically black land-grant institutions, also known as 1890 institutions, and Tuskegee University.

“Launched in 1990, this is the only federal program targeted specifically toward improving the quality of programs in the food and agricultural sciences at historically black land-grant institutions,” Veneman said. “The program focuses on advancing cultural diversity in the scientific and professional workforce by attracting and educating more students from underrepresented groups.”

Agriculture Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Vernon Parker, speaking today at Tuskegee University, said, “The program strengthens the links among the 1890 institutions, other colleges and universities, USDA, and private industry, while improving the quality of teaching and research programs at the 1890 Institutions. This teaching grant will help educate quality professionals for the field of agriculture.”

Administered by USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, the program has contributed to improvements both inside and outside the classroom from improving instruction delivery systems through the use of distance education to changing the image of agriculture among African American students. Today, students pursue careers as plant geneticists, dieticians, environmental scientists, aquaculturists, foresters, and marine scientists.

Of the $10,587,215 available for grants in FY 2003, $5,358,118 was awarded to support 28 teaching projects and $5,229,097 was awarded to support 18 research projects. Awards were made to 18 1890 institutions in 17 states.

The table below provides teaching projects awarded by state:

University of Georgia

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Alabama

Tuskegee University

$ 200,000

(1 award)

Arkansas

University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff

399,949

(2 awards)

Delaware

Delaware State University

352,610

(2 awards)

Florida

Florida A&M University

399,505

(2 awards)

Georgia

200,000

(1 award)

Louisiana

Southern University

460,996

(3 awards)

Maryland

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

591,883

(3 awards)

Mississippi

Alcorn State University

370,385

(2 awards)

Missouri

Lincoln University

393,698

(2 awards)

North Carolina

North Carolina A&T State University

394,374

(2 awards)

South Carolina

South Carolina State University

198,483

(1 award)

Tennessee

Tennessee State University

400,000

(2 awards)

Texas

Prairie View A&M University

598,097

(3 awards)

Virginia

Virginia State University

199,806

(1 award)

West Virginia

West Virginia State College

198,332

(1 award)

The table below provides research projects awarded by state:

Alabama

Alabama A&M University

$ 890,795

(3 awards)

Arkansas

University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff

178,714

(1 award)

Florida

Florida A&M University

588,987

(2 awards)

Georgia

Fort Valley State University

297,975

(1 award)

Kentucky

Kentucky State University

884,396

(3 awards)

Maryland

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

294,455

(1 award)

Mississippi

Alcorn State University

598,151

(2 awards)

North Carolina

North Carolina A&T State University

298,422

(1 award)

Oklahoma

Langston University

300,000

(1 award)

Tennessee

Tennessee State University

599,801

(2 awards)

Virginia

Virginia State University

297,401

(1 award)