On June 26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded Professional Development and Secondary School Teacher grants to 21 institutions, including Texas A&M University-Kingsville. 

The grant awards totaling $3.1 million nationwide will help increase the number of elementary through high school teachers and educational professionals trained in the food and agricultural sciences. 

The three Texas schools which will receive grant funding include Texas A&M University-Kingsville, University of Texas of the Permian Basin and University of Texas-Pan American. 

These grants are part of NIFA’s flagship competitive grants program: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, the nation’s leading competitive grants program for agriculture sciences.

“Ensuring that teachers and students have quality food and agriculture science education will prepare our future generation to help solve current and future challenges facing our society,” said Congressman Filemon Vela. “The agriculture and farming community in South Texas remains vital to the region’s economy and allows our communities to prosper. These grants are an important investment into educational programs.”

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