USDA Invests in Research to End Hunger

3/2/2013 7:00 AM

BROOKINGS, S.D. — The USDA has awarded more then $75 million in grants for research, education and Extension activities to teams at 21 U.S. universities to ensure greater food security in the United States and around the world.

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan on Wednesday while visiting South Dakota State University in Brookings, S.D.

“Globally, the population is expected to grow by more than 2 billion people by 2050,” she said. “By investing in the science of America’s renowned land-grant universities, our aim is to find sustainable solutions to help systems expand to meet the demands of growing populations.”

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture made the awards through the 2012 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s Food Security program.

Recipients in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are the University of Delaware, Newark, Del., $26,000; State University of New York, Buffalo, N.Y., $3,965,003; Penn State University, University Park, Pa., $420,000; and Virginia State University, Petersburg, Va., $1,141,005.

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