Campaign Promises

Departments -> Agriculture -> Research

AG-16 The Promise: "...will increase research and educational funding for land-grant colleges."
When/Where: Obama and Biden's Plan for America: "Blueprint for Change," dated 10/09/08.
Status:Under the Morrill Acts of 1862 and 1890, each eligible state received 30,000 acres of federal land for each member of congress the state had as of the 1860 census. Proceeds from the sale of this land were to be used for the establishment and funding of public colleges and a few state-supported contract colleges that fulfill the public land-grant critera.

Approximately 100 colleges and universities across the USA and its territories (including Native American Tribal Colleges) are currently classified as land-grant colleges/universities.

Under President Obama, funding for 1890 institution research, including 1890 facility improvements, managed by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grew from $104M in FY2009 as follows:
FY2010 - $111M
FY2011 - $113M
FY2012 - $113M
FY2013 - $106M
FY2014 - $116M
FY2015 - $116M
FY2016 - $139M
FY2017 - $139M

Notwithstanding the funding reduction reflected for FY2013, this promise was fulfilled.