WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) June 28 secured an amendment to the Senate Farm Bill for Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. For more than 100 years, Central State University was denied 1890 Land Grant status, meaning it was ineligible for funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its innovative scientific research. Portman and Brown, along with Reps. Fudge, Beatty, and Turner, helped correct that injustice in the last Farm Bill in 2014 by ensuring Central State received land grant status.
Now the Senators have secured in this year’s Senate Farm Bill an amendment that would increase the amount of funding for schools with 1890 Land Grant Status to ensure that Central State will now be able to receive equitable funding from USDA, while not jeopardizing the funding of any other schools.
“Central State University serves an important role in food and Ag research and development in Wilberforce and throughout Ohio,” said Portman. “Central State deserves to be treated in the same way as other historically black colleges when it comes to accessing federal funding under the Farm Bill, and I was pleased this important amendment was included.”
“Our amendment is a commonsense fix to a historical oversight, to make sure one of Ohio’s great universities gets its fair share of federal education dollars,” said Brown.