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May 6, 2021
A coalition of more than 350 agriculture organizations led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, SoAR, and the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research today called on Congress to allocate $11.5 million to repair dilapidated research facilities at colleges of agriculture. In a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate agriculture committees, the groups wrote, “Modern agricultural research and education facilities serve as the backbone of the nation’s cutting-edge research and applied science solutions.”
April 9, 2021
Agriculture, food and related industries contribute $1.1 trillion to America’s economy and support 22 million jobs a year. In Kansas, agriculture’s contribution to the state’s economy is $81 billion, which represents 54% of the state’s economy and is responsible for 21% of our workforce. 
March 26, 2021
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) recently released a comprehensive study that found there is a collective total of nearly $11.5 billion in needed repairs and renovations at the buildings and supporting facilities at schools of agriculture authorized to receive U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research funding.
March 5, 2021
Facilities at many schools of agriculture are in desperate need of repair, according to a study from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities released Thursday. Schools of agriculture that are authorized for funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture need a combined $11.5 billion in repairs and renovations to their buildings and supporting facilities.
June 12, 2020
Two new reports highlight the gaps in employability skills among college graduates. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities surveyed stakeholders across 31 universities on the importance of certain skills and how prepared students are in those skills, as well as how to better prepare students in those areas, according to the executive summary for the reports.
June 12, 2020
On the heels of #ShutDownSTEM, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities published a new report and guidebook on steps institutions and policy makers can take to broaden faculty diversity efforts in the sciences. The report, "Strengthening Pathways to Faculty Careers in STEM: Recommendations for Systemic Change to Support Underrepresented Groups," notes that just 10 percent of science, technology, engineering and math faculty at four-year institutions are from underrepresented backgrounds.
June 12, 2020
The Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) announced the creation of a Gene Editing Task Force. Recognizing the potential for gene editing to increase food security and safety, the 11-person panel is comprised of scientists and industry leaders who will map out recommendations for regulating this emerging genomic technology in animal agriculture with appropriate safeguards and procedures.
January 8, 2020
It’s not hard to find folks in higher education talking about the challenges of getting more rural students to and through college. It’s the solutions that are more elusive. Yet after I wrote about this issue in a newsletter last fall, readers helped to connect me to several ideas worth highlighting. Most notable: Some colleges are beginning to consider their rural students as a separate demographic group and are consciously devising services, such as internships and orientations, especially designed for them. Likewise, I heard about some cool examples in response to my specific question about strategies for improving broadband access, which is one of the biggest and most-obvious barriers right now.
November 18, 2019
Dr. J. Scott Angle, Director of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), announced today that Dr. Barry Dunn, President of South Dakota State University (SDSU), was selected to deliver the 2019 William H. Hatch Memorial Lecture on Nov. 10 in San Diego, Calf., at the annual meeting of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
November 18, 2019
A report on the state of rural education came out last week, asserting that some schools and places “face nothing less than an emergency in the education and well-being of children.” Part of that emergency is the low level of “college readiness” in many of these rural districts, which enroll nearly one in five public-school students in the United States.