VSU Receives $1.6 Million to Assist Virginia Farmers

Virginia State University’s College of Agriculture has received seven federal and state grants totaling over $1.6 million. The grants included four federal, two from the Virginia Tobacco Commission, and one grant from Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).

The funding will be used in the university’s land-grant outreach and research missions. Research projects consist in a variety of diverse fields. Included in the research is both the studies of crops and meat production.

Crop research includes the study of hops for beer, soybeans, hemp, and berries. Livestock research will be used to identify safer, more humane slaughter methods for sheep and goats. Other funds will be used to study genomes for farming and to develop new education techniques.

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