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UDC Included in Senate Farm Bill

Measure Authorizes Millions in Federal Agriculture Grants

(Washington, DC) – UDC President Allen L. Sessoms today celebrated a victory with passage of The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 by the U.S. Senate. The Bill makes D.C., like the states, eligible for federal funding under the McIntire-Stennis Act, which created a forestry research program that provides federal funds to public land-grant universities.

As the only public university in the District and the only urban land-grant university in the nation, UDC has previously not been eligible for these funds. Dr. Sessoms today thanked a host of Capitol Hill supporters, including DC Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) for their help in moving the measure forward.

“I am especially appreciative for the efforts of Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and DC Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss in finally getting DC’s state university included in this very important issue,” said Dr. Sessoms. “We are finally being considered as equals among the great U.S. land-grant universities, and that can only translate to more resources for our programs which will in turn benefit our students.”

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