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USDA Announces Availability of Funding to Support Agriculture and Food Science Facilities at Ohio’s Central State University

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WASHINGTON, June 23, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of funds to support food and agriculture science facility improvement at Central State University (CSU) in Wilberforce, Ohio. CSU was designated as an 1890 land-grant university in the 2014 Farm Bill. The funding announced today is a supplement to the 1890s Facilities Grants Program administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

“Land-grant universities have provided access to quality education for underserved communities for nearly 125 years. The addition of Central State University to the land-grant community opens more opportunities for quality research, education and Extension work in communities throughout Ohio,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. “These grants provide resources to improve research and education facilities, and will allow CSU to address its research and academic needs.”

NIFA requested renewal proposals from existing 1890 land-grant universities earlier this month. The total funding available for this program is $19 million. CSU is eligible for $1.3 million.  The application deadline is August 1, 2014.

Facilities awards are made 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.

Today’s announcement was made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for taxpayers. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit

Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, NIFA focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. For more information, visit



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