Central State Receives USDA 10 Million Grant for Sustainable Hemp Research Project
October 6 — Central State University received a $ 10 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture for a sustainable farming systems project.
The project, Sustainable Use of a Safe Hemp Ingredient, Called SUSHI, will research the use of hemp as a feed for aquaculture, train aquaculture producers and increase the production of healthy fish in the Menominee Nation, said Brandy E. Phipps, research assistant at CSU. professor who wrote the grant and who will be the principal investigator of the project.
“It is further designed to also provide workforce training to increase the number of Native American and African American agricultural graduates,” said Phipps. “The partnership with the College of Menominee Nation will create cross-cultural learning opportunities and experiential learning experiences for students at both institutions.”
The five-year project will be led by the College of Engineering, Science, Agriculture and Technology. It is partnering with different land granting institutions to increase the diversity of the agricultural workforce and develop economically and environmentally sustainable hemp and aquaculture systems, said Phipps.
“To have a lasting impact on public health outcomes, we need to holistically address long-standing issues of food and health inequalities,” said Phipps. “It means joining and partnering with communities – especially those that have been historically underserved – to create meaningful and relevant agricultural awareness and development programs that build on their existing desires and community efforts in favor of food sovereignty. “
Aquaculture involves the rearing, rearing and harvesting of fish, shrimp and other water-based products.
The project includes partnerships with the College of Menominee Nation, Kentucky State University, University of Delaware, University of Kentucky, and Mississippi State University.
Central State is the only university in Ohio and historically Black College or University to receive a SAS project, according to its release.
“This is a historic award for Central State University,” CSU President Jack Thomas said. “This demonstrates the core value of CSU in academic excellence and continued efforts to meet and improve the university’s land grant mission.”