Home » NEWS » Agribusiness » Alcorn getting federal funding to study small farming operations

Alcorn getting federal funding to study small farming operations

alcorn-stateLORMAN — Alcorn State University will receive federal agriculture research resources to study how small farming operations in rural Mississippi can fight crop diseases.

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), who is ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee and who serves on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $246,318 available to investigate small farm ecosystem crop diseases and the integration of plant pathology resources for limited-resource farmers in rural Mississippi.

“Controlling the diseases that can ruin crops is an ongoing fight for farmers, and for small farming operations the battle can be even more difficult,” Cochran said. “Alcorn State University has the research capacity to help find the tools to help enable these agriculture producers to be successful.”

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture is providing the funding through the 1890 Capacity Building Grants program. The research investigation, which is expected to be performed through August 2017, will be carried out through the Alcorn’s Center for Biotechnology and Genomics.

The 1890 Institution Teaching, Research, and Extension Capacity Building Grants (CBG) Competitive Grants Program was created in 1977 to foster partnerships between the USDA and land grants schools to promote the application of food and agriculture sciences and professional careers in the agricultural field.

Cochran, who has supported the CBG program and advancement of agriculture research Alcorn State, visited the university and President Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr. in early August to discuss how 2014 farm bill programs might benefit the school.


… we’d like to ask for your support. More people are reading the Mississippi Business Journal than ever before, but advertising revenues for all conventional media are falling fast. Unlike many, we do not use a pay wall, because we want to continue providing Mississippi’s most comprehensive business news each and every day. But that takes time, money and hard work. We do it because it is important to us … and equally important to you, if you value the flow of trustworthy news and information which have always kept America strong and free for more than 200 years.

If those who read our content will help fund it, we can continue to bring you the very best in news and information. Please consider joining us as a valued member, or if you prefer, make a one-time contribution.

Click for more info

About MBJ Staff

One comment

  1. Ah Republicans, its apparently ok to take $ from the Feds to study crops, but not ok to take $ from the Feds to help the people of our state get healthcare.

    Disease in crops = Bad
    Disease in people = OK


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *