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USDA Funding will Support Cornell Students Pursuing Research and Experimental Learning Opportunities Focused on Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human Sciences

Schumer: Funding Is a Big Win For Cornell University and the Future of The Agricultural Workforce in Upstate NY

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced $281,475 in federal funding for agricultural programs at Cornell University. This funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to fund educational programs that support students developing skills in food, agriculture, natural resources and the human sciences.

“Supporting students interested in agriculture here in New York has always been a top priority of mine,” saidSenator Schumer. “This funding will increase students’ opportunities to gain critical new skills and ensure that Cornell remains a world-class center for agricultural education, research, and development. These programs are vital to growing and strengthening our agricultural sector, and I’m committed to securing the resources they need to succeed.”

“At Cornell, our history of relentless scientific discovery has made animal agriculture more productive and sustainable,” said Kathryn J. Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch dean of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. “This grant continues that legacy as we train the next generation of thought leaders dedicated to meet the rising global demand for food from animal products.”

These funds are awarded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture NIFA’s Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduate (REEU) Fellowships program. The fellowships program is part of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative’s (AFRI) Education and Literacy Initiative, which has announced a total of $5 million in funding towards colleges and universities around the country.

NIFA has granted a total of more than $9.3 million in funding through the REEU Fellowships program since it was first launched in 2015 to support undergraduate preparation in food, agriculture, natural resources, and the human sciences.