Clif Bar, an energy bar company, has made a $1 million donation to Alabama HBCU Tuskegee University to support organic farming practices.
According to Bakery and SandwichesMaking healthy energy bars with rolled oats and other ingredients to provide sustained energy for various outdoor activities, including hiking and rock climbing, Clif Bar will support the advancement of organic farming practices through the College of Agriculture, Environment Environment and Nutrition Sciences from Tuskegee University. (CAENS).
Clif Bar has been a leading private funder of organic research in the US and has been making grants to land-grant universities and colleges since 2015. Tuskegee is the first HBCU to receive grant funding and the fifth school to receive funds from Clif Bar’s $10 million program to increase organic research.
“This endowment creates opportunities for Tuskegee students to take an active role in our research and development with certified organic farmers in a meaningful way,” he said. Dr. Charlotte P. Morrispresident of Tuskegee University, according to Bakery and Sandwiches.
“We are also honored to have been selected as the first HBCU to receive a Clif Bar endowment.”
She continued: “This shows that our work in agriculture has had a lasting impact and now has an extended reach. For this, we are grateful.”
The grant will also be matched by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a nonprofit organization that combines federal funds from Congress with private funds to address food and agricultural challenges in the US.
$2 million endowment will support the work of Tuskegee CAENS teachers Dr. Joe K. Kpomblekou Y Dr Franklin Quarcoo. Funding is badly needed to fight a significant lack of racial diversity in agriculture in the US.
“We are excited about the impact of our Organic Agriculture Program,” he said. Dr. Olga Bolden-Tillerdean of Tuskegee Agriculture, Environment, and Nutrition Sciences per Bakery and Snacks.
“This gift will go a long way to support our efforts as we strive to become an epicenter in the Southeast.”
“The future of the Tuskegee University Organic Agriculture Program is brighter than ever, and the team looks forward to making an even greater impact on organic agriculture research and education as it moves to establish an Institute of Organic Agriculture at the University. of Tuskegee with the support of Clif Bar, FFAR, and other stakeholders.”
According to McKinsey, only 1.4% of US farmers are black and they account for 0.5% of total US farm sales.