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Agricultural education Alumni Professor James Lindner, along with Assistant Professors Christopher Clemons and Jason McKibben, have been awarded a nearly $300,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA. The grant is being used to recruit and prepare ethnically and gender diverse doctoral students with technical competence and leadership skills to meet the need for a more agriculturally literate public.

The students, four of whom are on campus with two more coming on board in the fall, are being recruited through the program’s collaborative projects with Historical Black College and University, or HBCU, partners, specifically Tuskegee University, Alabama A&M University, Tennessee State University and North Carolina A&T State University. Recruiting is also enhanced through the program’s relationships with Professional Agriculture Workers Conference and Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences. Fellows will participate in international research experiences through the AgEd program’s partnership with the University of the West Indies. 

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