The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $3,700,000 in grants and contracts to support rural economies across the country in the form of research, economic development and agricultural research, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Wednesday.
The Agriculture Innovation Center for Agriculture in Rural America (AICRA) was created to support the efforts of small, small-scale farmers in the U.T. He said the program will also support farmers in rural areas in the Southeast and Mississippi.
The $3 million award will support the development of three research projects focused on small farmers in South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia.
The first two research projects are focused on the rural agricultural economy of South Carolina.
The Agriculture Research Partnership will focus on small, mid-sized and large farm operations in South Carolinas and Tennessee.
The second research project is focused on agricultural operations in Mississippi, and the third project is a partnership between AICRA and the South Carolina Department of Economic and Community Development.
The Agricultural Research Partnership is the first in a series of four grants to support small, medium and large farms in South and Southeast America, according to a release from the Agriculture Department.
The Department of Justice also will award $1 million in the 2018-2019 fiscal year to support agriculture-related research, including crop-related and livestock-related technologies, according the release.
The Rural Economic Innovation Alliance (REI) will support a partnership that will enhance agricultural research to better understand the unique economic opportunities and challenges facing small- to mid-size farm operations.REI is the premier private sector research organization focused on advancing agricultural research and technology and promoting agricultural economic development across the United States.
In addition, REI is committed to enhancing the capacity of farmers and producers to achieve economic security through innovation and economic development.
The U.K.-based Agricultural Innovation Centre is responsible for a number of programs to support agricultural research.
The Centre is located in the United Kingdom’s northernmost region of England.
The UK. government has provided a £1 million grant to the centre since 2015, and has provided £500,000 since 2015.
The United Kingdom is also the first country to award a national science prize to a UK-based researcher, the Royal Society of Chemistry, for a project that will help improve the use of genetic engineering to enhance crop diversity.