National FFA Organization

National FFA Organization Awards More Than $2.7 Million in Scholarships

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The National FFA Organization and National FFA Foundation has awarded more than $2.7 million in scholarships to 1,884 recipients. This was made possible thanks to the generosity of 115 sponsors. More than 8,300 students applied online for the scholarships, with many of the applicants being considered for multiple awards. Approximately one in every four students who applied was awarded a …

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Funding to Support the Agricultural Sciences

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$1 Million to Support Agricultural Science Education for Insular Areas The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $1 million in available funding for projects to strengthen food and agricultural science education in insular areas of the United States. Funding is made through two NIFA programs, the Resident Instruction Grants Program for Institutions of Higher …

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Funding to Repay Educational Loans for Veterinarians

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $4.2 million in available funding to help eligible veterinarians repay a portion of their veterinary school loans in return for serving in areas of the United States lacking sufficient veterinary resources. Funding is made through NIFA’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), authorized by the …

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U.C. Davis Tops in Ag Economic and Policy

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by Julia Ann Easley UC Davis is ranked first in the world in agricultural economics and policy — and among the top 10 in 17 other subjects — based on the number of research articles published by its affiliates in top-tier academic journals. The Center for World University Rankings released its inaugural subjects ranking Monday. The ranking, which factors in journal citations …

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New Funding Opportunities for Higher Education

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USDA Announces $4.5 Million for Higher Education Support The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $4.5 million in funding to help higher education institutions teach the next generation of food and agricultural science professionals. Funding is made through NIFA’s Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program.

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Study Shows Capacity Funding is a Valued Investments to States

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) released a new report that measured the effectiveness of NIFA’s investments to our nation’s land-grant universities — investments that benefit the American public through agriculture and food research, extension, and education projects. The report, “National Evaluation of Capacity Programs,” was prepared by TEConomy Partners.

Fresno State Signs Ag Academic Pact with Brazilian University

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Fresno State and the University of São Paulo have agreed to an official memorandum of agreement to broaden their cooperative agriculture student, faculty and staff exchange programs. Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro and Dr. Sandra Witte, dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State, signed the agreement on campus March 1 with three University …

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Daily Access to Local Foods for School Meals: Key Drivers

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by Katherine Ralston, Elizabeth Beaulieu, Jeffrey Hyman, Matthew Benson, and Michael Smith USDA Economic Research Service What Is the Issue? USDA’s Farm to School Program was established in 2012 to improve access to local foods in eligible schools through grants and technical assistance. Farm-to-school programs bring locally or regionally produced foods into school cafeterias; provide hands-on learning activities such as school …

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Kern County’s Farm Day in the City This Week

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Farm Day in the City is this week! This annual event has been sponsored by the Kern County Farm Bureau since 1984. Over the years, this event has grown from being held at one school with several children in attendance to over 4,500 children at the Kern County Fairgrounds. The goal of the event is to acquaint children with agriculture …

$1.7 Million to Support Research at Tribal Colleges and Universities

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $1.7 million in funding to build research capacity at land-grant tribal colleges and universities. Funding is made through NIFA’s Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (TCRGP). “1994 land-grant universities represent a critically important part of our nation’s construct of academic institutions providing the leadership to address nutritional security …

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“We Believe in Growing” Scholarship Winners Announced

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World Ag Expo and E.M. Tharp, Inc. have teamed up again to provide the “We Believe in Growing” scholarship, which supports local high school students who will be attending four-year universities to major in an agricultural field. This year’s winners, Grace Guthrie and Derrick Nunes, will each receive $2,500 scholarships to be renewed up to four years, totaling $10,000 per …

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Funding to Support Agriculture Programs at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced availability of $8.8 million in funding to support agricultural science education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). The Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Education Grants Program promotes and strengthens HSI programs that attract, retain, and graduate outstanding students capable of enhancing the nation’s food, agricultural, natural resource, and human sciences work …

Funding to Support Agricultural Education at 1890s Land-grant Institutions

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $18.9 million in funding for eligible 1890 land-grant colleges and universities to obtain or improve agricultural and food sciences facilities and equipment. The 1890 Facilities Grant Program helps the eligible institutions educate the future workforce in the food, agricultural and human sciences job sectors. “This funding …

E.M. Tharp and World Ag Expo Scholarship Available

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World Ag Expo and E.M. Tharp, Inc. have teamed up again to provide the “We Believe in Growing” scholarship, created to support agricultural education. High school seniors from Madera, Fresno, Tulare, Kings and Kern counties are encouraged to apply by January 20, 2017, to be considered. A $10,000 scholarship will be awarded to two students who attend a four-year university …

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License Plate Program Awards Ag Education

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The California Department of Food and Agriculture has awarded $257,000 to four organizations for projects that enhance agricultural education and leadership opportunities for students, teachers and youth under the 2016 California Special Interest Plate (CalAgPlate) grant program. “The CalAgPlate program helps to support agricultural education and leadership opportunities,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “Every purchase and renewal of a CalAgPlate …