Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces More Than $3 Million to Enhance International Science and Education: Grants to Allow for New Innovations in Agriculture to Meet Future Global Demands

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2009 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced more than $3.3 million in grants to 23 institutions in 19 states to enhance their international research and teaching capabilities.

“The Obama Administration has prioritized efforts to strengthen domestic and international food security, and these projects will promote innovation to prepare the U.S. agriculture industry to meet the global demands of the 21st century,” said Vilsack.

USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) administers the funds through the competitively awarded International Science and Education Grants program. The projects will enhance the international content of curricula, provide faculty with the opportunity to work outside the United States to bring lessons learned back to the classroom, promote international research partnerships, enhance the use and application of foreign technologies in the United States and strengthen the role that colleges and universities play in maintaining U.S. competitiveness.

The overarching goal of the grant program is to strengthen the global competitiveness of students, faculty and staff in agriculture and related areas and enhance business performance in international agriculture. The fiscal year 2009 grants recipients are:

  • Alabama A&M University, Normal, Ala., $149,958
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Ala., $149,807
  • Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Ala., $145,119
  • University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., $149,885
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., $149,746
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., $140,370
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $143,849
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn., $149,871
  • Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, Miss., $149,825
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo., $139,905
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.,  $149,355
  • Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., $149,955
  • North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, N.C., $149,261
  • Oregon State University, Corvallis, Ore., $149,999
  • Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa., $149,993
  • University of Rhode Island, Kingston, R.I., $149,723
  • Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.,  $149,546
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, $149,999
  • Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 149,572
  • West Texas A&M University, Canyon, Texas, $106,400
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Wash., $149,625
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va., $125,187
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis., $149,968

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

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