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Whitley: Research program "focused on helping agriculture adapt to... our changing climate"

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service is awarding six U.S. universities, including three minority-serving institutions, with $300,000 for research and educational partnerships focused on climate-smart agriculture in tropical countries.

The funds will be awarded under the Scientific Cooperation Research Program, according to a Sept. 19 news release.

“This year’s SCRP is explicitly focused on helping agriculture adapt to, and mitigate its impacts on, our changing climate,” FAS Administrator Daniel Whitley said in the release. “We are pairing some of the United States’ top research institutions and scientists with their counterparts from countries where agriculture is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. We’re confident that they can collaborate on climate solutions that contribute to food security and agricultural sustainability, both locally and globally.”

The FAS will award approximately $50,000 to each of the following schools for the associated projects: Tennessee State University for a project in Nepal, the University of Hawaii at Manoa for a project in Vietnam, Texas State University for a project in Mexico, the University of Missouri for a project in India, the University of Nebraska for a project in Paraguay and Lousiana State University for a project in Malaysia, the release reported.

According to Whitley, this year's SCRP awards support two of the USDA's main goals under Secretary Tom Vilsack and Deputy Secretary Jewel Bronaugh: focusing on agriculture as the basis for combating the global climate crisis and advancing racial justice, equity, and opportunity in USDA program administration through the involvement of three prominent minority-serving institutions, the release noted.

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