Congressman Rubén Hinojosa announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded two separate grants to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in the amount of $500,000 and $250,000.
Funding from these two grants will support the future workforce with highly educated and able food and agriculture sector professionals who will manage programs serving underrepresented students.
“Now more than ever, Hispanic Serving Institutions such as UTRGV are emphasizing the importance of extension services and research in relation to food safety and nutrition as well as childhood obesity and sustainable bioenergy, said U.S. Rep. Hinojosa. “I congratulate the highly effective teamwork of the dedicated staff at UTRGV for their excellence in training, educating and preparing our students for the workforce.”
NIFA made the awards through the HSI Education Grants Program, which encourages innovative teaching or educational projects to prepare students who will enter the agricultural workforce. This includes formal classroom instruction, laboratory instruction, and practicum experience in the food and agricultural sciences. Project activities include student recruitment and services, curriculum development, instructional materials and equipment, and innovative teaching methodologies.