Will Hehemann | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences (SAFHS) has been awarded more than $1.5 million in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The amount was allotted through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) 1890 Capacity Building Grants Program and will fund four research and Extension projects in agriculture, fisheries and food sciences at UAPB.
“We are very pleased that our research and Extension faculty have been successful in procuring grant funding to help conduct their work,” said Dr. Edmund R. Buckner, associate dean for Research and Extension Programs at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. “Federal grant funding is becoming more difficult to obtain. Our faculty’s success in competing for increasingly scarce funding highlights our commitment to the university and the people we serve.”
Dr. Muthusamy Manoharan, associate professor of agriculture at UAPB, was awarded a grant for a project that involves the use of biotechnology to increase the tuber size and yield amount of Arkansas-grown sweet potatoes. A key goal of the project is the recruitment of undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of genomics and biotechnology at UAPB.
Dr. Leonard Githinji, UAPB Extension Program horticulture specialist, was awarded a grant for a project that aims to educate youth in high poverty areas on local food systems and access to fresh foods. The expected long-term outcomes of the project are improved nutrition for local youth, increased youth participation and enhanced rural agribusiness.
Dr. Madan Dey, professor of aquaculture economics and marketing at UAPB, was awarded a grant to boost the U.S. farm-raised catfish industry through the development of new catfish products. The project has the potential to strengthen the rural economies of the Mississippi Delta.
Dr. Linda L. Okiror, former associate dean for SAFHS, was awarded a grant to expand upon a recruitment and retention program for students seeking degrees in and careers in agriculture and environmental and life sciences. The project will focus on the use of web-based career modules and the involvement of the families of students as they consider SAFHS for degree and career choices.
The 1890 Capacity Building Grants Program funds Extension programs at 1890 land grant universities annually.
The Cooperative Extension Program offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.