Special to the Journal
FORT VALLEY, GA – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement announcing the awarding of a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist Fort Valley State University (FVSU) in Georgia. Multiple grants were awarded throughout the United States through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) 1890 Capacity Building Grants Program. The NIFA granted $248,300 to Fort Valley State University for the Fort Valley State University Rural Sustainable 4-H Technology and Obesity Prevention Project.
“I am very grateful for these NIFA grants and the positive impact they will have on our youth in Southwest Georgia,” said Congressman Bishop. “I commend Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of the NIFA, for their commitment to improving food programs and agricultural technology initiatives in our communities. Research and education are important in strengthening our nation’s economy.”
“Congressman Sanford Bishop Jr., while engaging and inspiring young minds about local Georgia community issues, reminded us of the need and significance of the Rural Sustainable 4-H Technology and Obesity Prevention Project,” said Woodie Hughes Jr., FVSU’s interim 4-H program leader. “The goals are to include volunteerism in the training. Each graduate will be encouraged to recruit and mentor a youth from their community. The evaluations and recommendations from this project will be useful to policy makers and program administrators interested in expanding the reach of youth volunteer and service programs to disadvantaged populations that are currently underserved and/or underrepresented.”
1890 Capacity Building Grants are used to promote quality teaching, research and extension programs that focus on food and agricultural sciences through the building of institutional capacities of the 1890 Land-Grant Institutions. The 12 participating young leaders, from four selected Georgia counties, will receive training in volunteerism, foods and nutrition, leadership, and civic engagement programs at the FVSU Agriculture Technology Center. They will learn to implement childhood obesity prevention programs in their communities, research sustainable technology and efficient use of natural resources, and promote extension education programs. The Rural Sustainable 4-H Technology and Obesity Prevention Project will give youth access to a national network of established programs, the collective experience and knowledge of professionals, and a peer-to-peer model of instruction for youth to serve their communities. The project will officially begin January 2014.