o New Mexico State University. The grant was funded as part of the Specialty Crop Research Initiative through the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
NMSU’s allotment was part of $36.5 million awarded for research and extension to support American farmers. Agricultural Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grant awards earlier this month.
NMSU Research Associate Professor Jennifer Randall submitted the grant application in March.
“When I received the phone call, I was very, very excited,” Randall said. “More people are finding out about the grant every day, and the response has been very positive. Everyone is thrilled that NMSU is leading the work on this project.”