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20237050840531

Project Grant

Overview

Grant Description
Insect Science and Plant Science (ISPS) continue to face an alarming decline in students' enrollments in Minority Serving Institutions. Minority students are underrepresented in most undergraduate ISPS programs, professional societies, and the USDA workforce.

Unfortunately, most Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and MSIs do not offer degrees in ISPS nor certification programs. In addition, existing academic programs rarely include elements of experiential learning opportunities for university and secondary school students. They also do not provide in-depth discussions and analyses of issues and challenges related to crop production and crop protection, including food security, food safety, safeguarding U.S. agriculture, and threats posed by pests and diseases.

To address this shortfall, we assemble two HBCUs [Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Fort Valley State University (FVSU)], one 1862 institution [University of Florida (UF)], and collaborators (USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), USDA-Animal Health Inspection Service (APHIS), the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), and the pest control industry) to work collaboratively on these issues.

The critical problems of low enrollment in agricultural sciences (ISPS) are perhaps due to the continued apathy for agriculture among minorities. Major reasons include the students' lack of exposure and knowledge of available employment, the perception of a lack of careers in agricultural sciences, and a lack of appropriate role models.

The proposed project will design innovative ways to create interest and attract college and secondary school students in the discipline of pest management. It will provide a new perspective and an open-minded understanding of the field of insect and plant sciences, its importance, and professional opportunities available to graduates.

It will create a student-centered learning environment which integrates interactive and digital learning tools while incorporating peer support mentorships, apprenticeships, experiential learning opportunities, and faculty and student mentorships. It will also interlink and establish professional development and leadership skills, and pathways for future pest management professionals at an early age.

The overall goal of the project is to establish novel recruitment, retention, and experiential learning programs designed to increase the number of minority pest management professionals while ensuring the production of well-trained leaders for professional careers and establish employment pathways leading to equity and diversity for the USDA workforce.
Place of Performance
Tallahassee, Florida 32307-3100 United States
Geographic Scope
Single Zip Code
Florida A&M University was awarded Enhancing Minority Enrollment in ISPS Programs USDA Workforce Diversity Project Grant 20237050840531 worth $10,000,000 from the Institute of Youth, Family, and Community in June 2023 with work to be completed primarily in Tallahassee Florida United States. The grant has a duration of 5 years and was awarded through assistance program 10.237 From Learning to Leading: Cultivating the Next Generation of Diverse Food and Agriculture Professionals. The Project Grant was awarded through grant opportunity From Learning to Leading: Cultivating the Next Generation of Diverse Food and Agriculture Professionals.

Status
(Ongoing)

Last Modified 6/27/23

Period of Performance
6/15/23
Start Date
6/14/28
End Date
19.0% Complete

Funding Split
$10.0M
Federal Obligation
$0.0
Non-Federal Obligation
$10.0M
Total Obligated
100.0% Federal Funding
0.0% Non-Federal Funding

Activity Timeline

Interactive chart of timeline of amendments to 20237050840531

Subgrant Awards

Disclosed subgrants for 20237050840531

Additional Detail

Award ID FAIN
20237050840531
SAI Number
None
Award ID URI
SAI EXEMPT
Awardee Classifications
Historically Black College Or University (HBCU)
Awarding Office
12348V INSTITUTE OF YOUTH, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY (IYFC)
Funding Office
12348V INSTITUTE OF YOUTH, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY (IYFC)
Awardee UEI
W8LKB16HV1K5
Awardee CAGE
1LZV5
Performance District
02
Senators
Marco Rubio
Rick Scott
Representative
Neal Dunn

Budget Funding

Federal Account Budget Subfunction Object Class Total Percentage
Extension Activities, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture (012-0502) Agricultural research and services Grants, subsidies, and contributions (41.0) $10,000,000 100%
Modified: 6/27/23