U of I gets part of $14M in USDA grants for rural research

 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The University of Illinois will share in part of nearly $14 million in USDA grants for rural research programs.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced the grants today. They will support programs to increase prosperity in rural America through research, education, and extension programs -- focused on promoting rural community development, economic growth, and sustainability.

"Nearly 60 million Americans live in rural areas, and their value and impact through the agriculture industry can be felt both domestically and internationally," said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. "To help these communities remain prosperous and viable, we need to support discovery of new ways that promote economic viability among producers, small businesses, and communities in rural America."

The U of I will get $49,600 as part of the Economics, Markets and Trade section of the USDA grants.

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