USDA Announces Funding to Support Agriculture Science at Non-Land-Grant Colleges and Universities

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of $4 million in grants to support research, education and outreach activities at non-land-grant colleges and universities. The funding is made available through the 2014 Farm Bill.
“Solving the challenge of feeding a rapidly growing global population will require the best and brightest scientists across the nation, and we need to ensure those institutions have the capacity to deliver high-quality science,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. “This funding for our non-land-grant institutions also enables them to enhance their formal agricultural sciences education activities to ensure we have a competent, qualified, and diverse workforce to serve the food and agricultural sciences in the future.”
The Non-Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture (NLGCA) Program focuses on improving research, outreach, and postsecondary level educational activities related to food, agriculture, natural and renewable resources, human sciences and other similar disciplines. NLGCA will also support the economic vitality of rural communities by funding new degree programs that emphasize new and emerging employment opportunities.
The goals of the NLGCA program are to 1) strengthen the capacity of NLGCA institutions to develop infrastructure to carry out agricultural research, teaching and outreach activities; 2) enhance the ability of NLGCA faculty to engage in agricultural professional development opportunities; and 3) increase the number, quality, and diversity of qualified graduates entering the food and agriculture workforce.
Applications are due June 26, 2015. Applicants are required to request and receive certification from NIFA that they meet the requirements of being a non-land-grant college of agriculture. A list of certified institutions is available online. See the request for applications on the NIFA website for more information.
The Farm Bill builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past six 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
NIFA invests in and advances agricultural research, education, and extension and seeks to make transformative discoveries that solve societal challenges. For more information, visit


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