USDA 1890 Scholars Apply now for the 1890 National Scholars Program 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the opening of the 2020 scholarship application cycle for the USDA/1890 National Scholars Program. The program aims to increase the number of students studying agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, and other agriculture-related disciplines. The program is available through the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE).

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program was established in 1992 as part of the partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the nineteen 1890 Land-Grant Universities.  

The program provides full tuition, fees, books, room and board to students pursuing degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or related academic disciplines. When the student has completed the academic and summer work requirements of the scholarship, USDA may convert the student to a permanent employee without further competition.  

Currently, USDA and 1890 Land-Grant Universities are providing scholarships to 109 students. Eight of those students attend TSU.

All application materials must be postmarked by Friday, January 31, 2020. For other questions, email

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TSU College of Ag hosts free screening of award-winning documentary,  "The Pollinators"

Pollinators Film

Please join us at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday night, Nov. 6, at the Forum in the Floyd-Payne Campus Center for a special free screening of the award-winning documentary, "The Pollinators." This amazing film documents the travels and travails of beekeepers who move their hives from state to state to ensure the pollination of our food supply. This event will be followed by a panel discussion where audience members can ask the experts how they can help support bees and other pollinators and the people who protect them. 


TSU College of Ag hosts Plant Science Symposium

All students are invited on Thursday, Nov. 7, to the TSU Plant Science Symposium where Biotechnology Tools for Breeding of New Crops will be discussed. Speakers include Vanderbilt University alumni and Evaluation Zone Lead for Corteva Agriscience Dr. Mark Gadlage, an expert in CRISPR gene editing for agriculture product development, Dr. James Holland, assistant professor at Iowa State University who specializes in plant breeding and plant genetics, and Dr. Jessica Barb, an assistant research scientist with the Departments of Crop and Soil Sciences & Plant Biology. Join us at 9 a.m. in Room 118 in the Barn.Plant Symposium Flyers


TSU College of Ag hosts Tennessee Entomological Society for its first annual meeting

TES Annual Meeting

The College of Agriculture hosted the 46th Annual Meeting of the Tennessee Entomological Society (TES) for the first time ever after TSU Assistant Professor Karla Addesso was named President-Elect for the organization for next year. During the meeting and conference, the public participated in presentations about beekeeping and tasted several different kinds of honey harvested at different times of the year. When the professional meeting was started, the current TES President Dave Cook presented Dr. Reddy with a "sweet gift" of locally produced honey created by Beekeeper Buzz Evans who has several bee colonies in the Green Hills area of Nashville, Tennessee.  


 The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visits the College of Ag

Secretary Agriculture Visits TSU

The College of Agriculture was honored with a visit by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue in early October. Secretary Perdue had breakfast with the College's USDA scholar students, toured the College's state-of-the-art laboratories, and then addressed students, faculty, and staff about his journey from serving as a veterinarian to serving on the President's Cabinet in Washington, D.C. 


NIFA Program Leader to Visit College of Ag 

HongdaChenDon't miss this exciting opportunity to meet NIFA Program Leader Dr. Hongda Chen.

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200 attend Women of Agriculture Workshop  

TammyGraySteeleMore than 200 women gathered Tuesday in the West-Farrell Auditorium to hear the founder and CEO of the National Women in Agriculture Association (NWIAA) Tammy Gray-Steele talk about the importance of women in the ag industry uniting to empower themselves, their children, and those in generations to come. Gray-Steele is working with Tennessee State University professor Dr. Zena Clary to establish a Nashville chapter of NWIAA, which would be open to women and men. "We don't discriminate," Gray-Steele said. TSU is already home to a collegiate chapter of the organization, the first of its kind in the United States. Full of fiery passion, keen intellect, and serious ambition, Grey-Steele also talked about working with legislators to officially charter the organization which would enable the group to request $50 million to help fund chapters throughout the nation.  

TSU Ag receives $650,000 in grants for food safety and disease prevention

NASHVILLE -- Tennessee State University Professor Dr. Ankit Patras has received two grants totaling $650,000 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and private companies Trojan Technologies and Aquafine Corporation, California. These grants will fund research to make food safer by eliminating harmful viruses and bacterial endospores in juices and other beverages. Read more.

cookoutStudent Cookout Day kicks off College Week

The first event of a five-day celebration for the students in the College of Agriculture. View Pics!





TSU Ag takes honors in feature writing competition

Professor Dr. Jason DeKoff and Communications and Media Relations Specialist Joan Kite won first place in the state of Tennessee for a feature story in the College magazine AgLINK. The award was presented by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. The feature story will now be reviewed at the regional level. We wish them the best of luck!

Jason de Koff Joan Kite Media Relations & Communications Specialist