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USDA Announces $19 Million to Universities

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced $19 million in funding to universities, including $150,000 to the University of Maryland. 

The money is being distributed to 36 grantees to ensure safe and nutritious food supply while maintaining agricultural competitiveness.

"Increasing food safety continues to be a major focus for USDA, as it directly impacts the health and well-being of all Americans," said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. "Funding provided to universities supports discoveries of new ways that we can prevent foodborne illnesses and increase the safety of our food production industry." 

NIFA made the awards through the AFRI Food Safety program to protect consumers from microbial and chemical contaminants that may occur in the food chain, from production to consumption, according to USDA.

This year, AFRI's Food Safety program is comprised of five sub-programs.

The following projects have been selected for awards in each sub-program:

Enhancing Food Safety through Improved Processing Technologies

University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff, Ark. $149,000 

Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tenn., $500,000 

University of Maine, Orono, Maine, $900,000 

University of California, Davis, Calif., $751,000 

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $700,000 

Effective Mitigation Strategies for Antimicrobial Resistance

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., $749,838 

University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., $2,193,556 

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn., $2,250,000 

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C., $15,000 

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, $16,500 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va., $750,000 

Washington State University, Pullman, Wash., $749,993 

Identifying and Targeting Food Safety Needs

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Ill., $50,000 

Improving Food Safety

University of Connecticut, Mansfield, Conn., $49,744 

University of South Florida, Tampa, Fl., $499,972 

Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., $499,968 

University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, $499,516 

University of Maine, Orono, Maine, $150,000 

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., $499,567 

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn., $500,000 

University of Nevada-Reno, Reno, Nev., $150,000 

Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., $979,761 

North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D., $172,339 

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, $50,000 

University of California, Davis, Calif., $499,812 

Improving Food Quality

University of California, Davis, Calif., $498,356 

University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., $499,652 

University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, $248,408 

University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill., $861,714 

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., $465,694 

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, $420,685 

University of Maine, Orono, Maine, $46,293 

University of Maryland, Princess Anne, Md., $149,998 

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., $499,977 

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., $489,528 

West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.V., $435,353 

A complete list of this year's project descriptions is available here.

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