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USDA Announces $3.1M in Funding for Training in Agricultural Sciences

By on August 15, 2016

SAN JUAN – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced Monday the availability of $3.1 million to “train the next generation of agricultural leaders.” This funding is available through the Food and Agricultural Sciences National Needs Graduate and Postgraduate Fellowship Grants Program (NNF).

“In the next few years, we expect to see a significant number of job openings for graduates with degrees in agricultural sciences,” said NIFA Director Sonny Ramaswamy. “The fellowship program allows us to support the next generation of scientists and innovators, who will play an integral part in the future of our food and agricultural systems.”

USDA_logoThe NNF program is designated for graduate degree (masters and doctoral) programs and postgraduate training “of the next generation of policy makers, researchers, and educators in the food and agricultural sciences. The purpose of this program is to develop intellectual capital to ensure the preeminence of U.S. food and agricultural systems,” the USDA’s published announcement reads.

The funding is to invest in experiential learning, including international experiences. Applicants should propose training projects to support graduate fellowships in one of the eight targeted expertise shortage areas: animal production; plant production; forest resources; agricultural educators and communicators; agricultural management and economics; food science, human nutrition and human sciences; sciences for agricultural biosecurity; veterinary sciences; food and agriculture data analytics and tools; and integrative biosciences for sustainable food and agricultural systems.

Applications are due Sept. 22. See the request for applications for more information.

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