USDA grants $1.9M Puerto Rican institutes to boost ag programs

The US Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a combined $1.9 million to the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico and the University of Puerto Rico to boost agriculture and science curriculums.

The agency awarded $948,771 to the InterAmerican University in Barranquitas and Aguadilla to pursue a proposal entitled “Farming for Future: Integrated interventions to improve student success and experimental learning in controlled environmental agriculture.”

The school will partner with Corteva Agriscience and will have the support from Purdue University. The proposal will allow more students to have access and experiences in the field of agriculture, to pursue an academic degree in a controlled environment, Inter President Manuel J. Fernós said.

“The proposal seeks to equip a mobile unit with technological components to promote studies in science and agriculture for high school students. With this, we seek to motivate the study of agricultural sciences in our youth in such a way that we help create a solid agricultural industry in the island,” said the rector of the Barranquitas Campus, Juan A. Negrón-Berríos.


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