Dr. Moses Kairo Testifies Before House Agricultural Subcommittee to Highlight 1890 System Priorities
Dr. Moses Kairo, Professor and Dean of the School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, testified last week on behalf of the 1890 Universities before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Research and Biotechnology. Dean Kairo’s testimony highlighted several ongoing research and extension initiatives at the 1890 Universities and the key priorities the 1890s are working to have included in the 2023 Farm Bill. The full written testimony can read here or watched at the YouTube link above.
These priorities include:
Reauthorization of the Centers of Excellence program — increasing the numbers of Centers from six to ten — and an allocation of $5 million per year, per center.
Permanent reauthorization and funding of the Scholarships for Students at 1890 Institutions.
Creation of a new program to stand up Veterinary Medicine Schools at 1890 Universities.
Reauthorization of the 1890 Facilities Improvement Program to include additional infrastructure and deferred maintenance funding of $100 million per year.
Reauthorization of the Evans-Allen Research and Education Programs!with the percentage share of Hatch funds increased from 30 percent to 40 percent. Tuition and fees for graduate students would also be an allowable expense for Evans-Allen.
Reauthorization of 1890 Extension Program with the percentage share of Smith-Lever funds increased from 20 percent to 40 percent.
Reauthorization of the 1890 Capacity Building Grants Program.