US$3.3 mln to enhance int'l agri education

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced more than $3.3 mln in grants to 23 institutions in 19 states in the US to enhance their international research and teaching capabilities.

“The Obama Administration has prioritised efforts to strengthen domestic and international food security, and these projects will promote innovation to prepare the US 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 programme. The projects will enhance the international content of curricula, provide faculty with the opportunity to work outside the US to bring lessons learned back to the classroom, promote international research partnerships, enhance the use and application of foreign technologies in the US and strengthen the role that colleges and universities play in maintaining US competitiveness.

The overarching goal of the grant programme is to strengthen the global competitiveness of students, faculty and staff in agriculture and related areas and enhance business performance in international agriculture.

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