U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) secured an amendment to increase funding for agriculture research at Central State University and other historically black Land-Grant colleges established in 1890. Brown secured the amendment in the Senate Appropriations bill to appropriate funds for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The amendment increases funding made available to 1890 Land-Grant colleges through the Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 by $6 million. The final Senate Appropriations bill is expected to pass.
"It's important that historically black colleges and universities like Central State University have the resources they need to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to advance their careers," Brown said. "This amendment builds on our work to ensure 1890 Land Grant institutions have the resources they need to prepare students for the future."
Brown's amendment builds upon his work in the Senate Farm Bill to ensure Central State University receives additional USDA funds that it was previously denied. For more than 100 years, Central State University was denied 1890 Land-Grant status, meaning it was ineligible for funding from the USDA for its innovative scientific research. In 2014, Brown along with Reps. Fudge and Beatty, helped correct that injustice in the last Farm Bill by ensuring Central State received land-grant status.
Brown has also been fighting to ensure Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) like Central State University are able to expand their research capacity and outreach in this year's Farm Bill. Brown secured an amendment in the Senate Agriculture Committee, of which he is a member, to create six Centers of Excellence and Leadership on campuses like Central State. Brown's amendment was based on the bipartisan REAL Opportunity Act, which was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC) and Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO).