Brown secures amendment to increase Central State University funding in Senate bill

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WASHINGTON (WDTN) – An amendment has been secured by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown to increase funding for agriculture research at Central State University as well as other historically black Land-Grant colleges established in 1890.

The amendment increases funding 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.

Brown said, “It’s important that historically black colleges like Central State University have the resources they need to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to advance their careers. This amendment builds on our work to ensure 1890 Land-Grant institutions have the resources they need to prepare students for the future.”

The amendment builds upon Brown’s work in the Senate Farm Bill to ensure Central State University receives additional USDA funds that it was previously denied. Central State was denied 1890 Land-Grant status for more than 100 years, meaning it was ineligible for funding from the USDA for its innovative scientific research. Brown helped correct that injustice in 2014 along with Reps. Fudge and Beatty, by ensuring Central State received land-grant status in the last Farm Bill.

Also in this year’s Farm Bill, Brown is fighting to ensure Historically Black Colleges and Universities like Central State are able to expand their research capacity and outreach.  He secured an amendment in the Senate Agriculture Committee to create six Centers of Excellence and Leadership on campuses like Central State. The amendment was based on the bipartisan REAL Opportunity Act, introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congresswoman Alma Adams and Blaine Luetkemeyer.

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