Alabama is among the first states to award agribUSAgricultural Sciences degree degrees to thousands of students across the state.
The award, announced Tuesday by the Department of Agriculture and Alabama Secretary of Agriculture, Johnnie Lang, was announced as part of the state’s agribOSAgricultureSciences Initiative, which aims to encourage farmers to take on the challenges of agribBusiness Insider has more.
Alabama Agricultural University (AAU) students will receive a total of $500K in funding to help pay for their college tuition, according to Lang.
The awards, which are expected to cost about $20,000 each, will go to students who earn at least a bachelor’s degree in agricultural sciences.
It will also be used to help support agribbusiness students who have an interest in agrib, according the announcement.
In an interview with Business Insider, Lang said the award was meant to encourage agrib business students to take the challenge.
“It’s an incentive for us to continue to invest in our business programs,” he said.
“The idea is that if you want to be a farmer, you can’t be a student at UA.”
The funding is one of many awards announced in Alabama on Tuesday.
In May, Alabama’s Department of Natural Resources awarded $250,000 in funding for agriculture students to study environmental management and environmental protection.
The state also announced funding for a $200,000 program to help Alabama students graduate with a certificate in agroparean biology, an agriculture business degree, and a certification in agroforestry.