United States Department of Agriculture

Educational funding from the Department of Agriculture helps provide federal leadership in creating and disseminating knowledge spanning the biological, physical, and social sciences related to agricultural research, economic analysis, statistics, extension, and higher education.




Distance Education Grants for Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas 


Strengthens the capacity of Institutions of Higher Education in Insular Areas to carry out resident instruction, curriculum, and teaching programs in the food and agricultural sciences through distance education technology. 


Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Grants 


Increases the number and diversity of students who will pursue and complete a 2- or 4-year postsecondary degree in the food and agricultural sciences, or other STEM fields closely related to the food and agricultural sciences; and enhances the quality of secondary and postsecondary instruction in order to help meet current and future national food and agricultural sciences workplace needs. 


Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields Program 


Develops and implements robust collaborations to increase the representation, participation, and entrepreneurial skills and abilities of rural women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM careers. 



USDA/1890 National Scholars Program 


Increases the number of minorities studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences and other related disciplines.