Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Sep 16, 2014
Press Release

FORT VALLEY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) is proud to announce that Fort Valley State University (FVSU) has been awarded two 1890 Capacity Building Grants from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); $299,500 for the US-Honduras Partnerships to Strengthen Faculty and Students` Global Agricultural Research, Education, and Cultural Experiences project, as well as $149,500 for the Career Awareness and Opportunities in Agricultural Biotechnology project. Both grants will provide resources to recruit, teach, and train more students in agriculture research and biotechnology as well as increase the amount of qualified professionals pursuing careers in agricultural science.

“Well-funded research facilities are vital to keeping America a leader in research science, and so I am very grateful for these opportunities extended to Fort Valley State University to train students,” said Congressman Bishop. “I commend the USDA and NIFA for their commitment to support academic institutions like Fort Valley State University, for this grant will assist in training the workforce for tomorrow right here in Middle and Southwest Georgia.”

“Through funding from NIFA we intend to prepare global leaders for the food and agricultural biotechnology industry,” said Dr. Sarwan Dhir, Professor of Plant Biotechnology. “We will accomplish this goal by providing the right tools, training and career guidance to the target audience including K-12 students and educators of African–American descent, a population that has been under exposed to these fields in the past.”

For more information on 1890 Capacity Building Grants, please click here. For more information regarding agriculture and biochemistry research at Fort Valley State University, please click here.