By Michelle Sokol
Kentucky State University’s sustainable farming efforts have been given a $75,000 yearly boost from Alltech — a research grant with the ultimate goal of addressing world hunger.
KSU and Alltech, a company that develops natural animal feed and health products, signed a memorandum of agreement Thursday morning at the university’s Research and Demonstration Farm signifying the official start of their Sustainable Farming Alliance.
The alliance will operate from the KSU campus, and the investment will go toward research and developing an active graduate student training program and undergraduate internship program in sustainable farming.
There will also be a merit-based program aimed at supporting future agricultural science development.
While projects and activities have yet to be decided, initial plans include establishing an annual conference to promote sustainable farming and agriculture.
The alliance was established for an initial period of three years, but Alltech’s Chief Scientific Officer Karl Dawson said he expects the partnership to last long term.
“KSU’s world-class aquaculture program combines innovative research and outreach to assist farms and families,” KSU President Mary Sias said. “Alltech is a major global corporation that focuses its resources on the sustainability of the planet. We can only expect great things to come from this perfect match.”