Federal Funding at Alcorn State University School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
The million dollar question that everyone would like to know is where does the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences’ funding come from? Well, the School has a plethora of funding resources, but most funding comes from the federal and state governments. Focusing on federal funding this month, the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences receives its federal funding from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).
Grants received from NIFA are as follows:
- Evans-Allen Research Grant: This grant supports agriculture research in 1890 institutions. ???
- 1890 Extension Grant: An extension (outreach & education) activities grant that supports individuals with limited-social and-economic resources.
- Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program: The primary purpose of this grant is to address the needs of low-income families in relation to nutrition and physical activity behaviors through a community-based approach. The goal is to directly impact the economic, obesity and food insecurity challenges that hinder the health and well-being of this nation.
- McIntire Stennis: The primary purpose of this grant is to increase forestry research in production, utilization, and protection of forest land to train future forestry scientists and to involve other disciplines in forestry research.
- Renewable Resource Grant: The Renewable Resource Grant provides extension-related services in regards to forestry.
- 1890 Facilities Grant: The grant is available aid in to constructing/renovating agricultural science facilities, and purchase needed equipment for agricultural programs.
To conclude, the Alcorn State University School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences receives approximately $5.8 million dollars annually from the above-mentioned grants. The combined funding allows the School to promote the land-grant mission established under the Second Morrill Act of 1890, which premise was to strengthen research, extension and teaching in food and agriculture disciplines at historically black colleges and universities.
NIFA data, https://nifa.usda.gov/program/1890-land-grant-institutions-programs (Accessed February 02, 2017).
Kanayo Ugboaja, MBA, MPA
School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
Email: [email protected]