FAMU Receives Federal Land Grant For Research

Posted at 10:31 PM, Jul 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-16 19:42:12-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - Florida A&M University will be receiving nearly 4,000 acres of land from the federal government. 

The land, in west central Florida, is being transferred by the USDA's research service.

It's one of the largest land transfers to a historically black college or university that has ever been made.

Testifying before U.S. Representatives yesterday, FAMU president, Dr. Elmira Mangum says the transfer will be a huge asset for the university. She says the 3,800 acres of land in Brooksville, Florida will allow the university to leverage its reach across the state.

The property will enable FAMU to venture into new research related to subtropical fruits and animals, and to conduct research significant to Central and South America, and the Caribbean.