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Grant boosts KU regenerative organic agriculture program
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 03/01/2024

Kutztown University (KU) received a $1.5 million grant to support its new Regenerative Organic Agriculture track, a collaboration with the Rodale Institute, a global leader in the field. The funding will support student scholarships, internships, equipment, and research opportunities related to this sustainable farming method.

University president Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson expressed gratitude for the grant, highlighting its potential to "change the way food is grown" and provide new career paths for students. He also acknowledged the support of alumnus and state Representative Mark Rozzi, who played a key role in securing the funding.

Rozzi, a strong advocate for the program, emphasized its potential to "reshape the landscape of agriculture for the better." He sees the collaboration between KU and the Rodale Institute as a source of pride and expects graduates to become future leaders in the growing regenerative agriculture industry.

The Rodale Institute, located just six miles from KU, has previously collaborated with the university through a five-year agreement. This partnership provides KU students with access to practical research and expertise in areas like soil health, organic practices, and pest management.

Regenerative organic agriculture focuses on restoring soil health, a crucial factor in combating climate change and ensuring sustainable food production. KU's program leverages its strengths in environmental science and earth systems, while the Rodale Institute's expertise and proximity provide students with valuable learning opportunities.

Graduates will be equipped to address the challenges of climate change and food security, serving in various roles within science, governance, and agriculture sectors. This program positions KU at the forefront of sustainable agriculture education, preparing future generations to meet the demands of a growing global population.

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