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House Agriculture Chairman David Scott Calls for Action on State Funding Disparities for 1890 Land-Grant HBCUs

Washington, D. C.U. S. Congressman David Scott, (GA-13), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, today in a letter called on Governors and state leaders across the United States, including Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, to address stark and longstanding funding disparities between 1890 and 1862 Land-Grant Institutions.

“For far too long the funding disparity between 1890 and 1862 Land-Grant Institutions has prevented our country from supporting our students when it comes to agriculture research and innovation,” said Chairman David Scott. “That is why today I am calling on Governors and state leaders to finally put an end to this gap and work to ensure 1890 Institutions are fully funded to better support their students and agriculture programs.”

As chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Congressman David Scott has made equitable funding for 1890 land-grant HBCUs a top legislative priority in Congress. His letter builds on bipartisan legislation he spearheaded through the Committee last year to establish $100 million in permanent funding for student scholarships at the nineteen 1890 land-grant colleges and universities.

“Equitable funding for the 1890 African-American Land-Grant Institutions has been a pillar of my work in the House and as the Chairman of our House Agriculture Committee, and it is so important that we address this, not only for the injustice that it is, but also to ensure that America remains resilient, secure and competitive,” Congressman David Scott continued. “We, as a nation, must continue to play a key role in supporting these institutions and the potential of bright young minds to contribute to American agriculture.”

The 1890 Land Grant institutions are the following 19 universities: Fort Valley State University (located in Fort Valley, GA), Alabama A&M, Alcorn State University, Central State University, Delaware State University, Florida A&M University, Kentucky State University, Langston University, Lincoln University, North Carolina A&T University, Prairie View A&M University, South Carolina State University, Southern University, Tennessee State University, Tuskegee University, University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Virginia State University and West Virginia State University.

A copy of the full letter is available here.

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