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Saturday, Jun 24, 2017

USDA transfers 3,800 acres in Brooksville to FAMU

More than 3,800 acres of land and 19 buildings in Brooksville were transferred today to Florida A&M University from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The transaction is one of the largest single land transfers to a historically black land-grant university, according to a release from the USDA.

The land and facilities were used as the USDA Subtropical Agricultural and Research Station from 1929 to 2012.

The property will allow FAMU to expand its research in subtropical fruits and animals and do research significant to Central and South America and the Caribbean.

“We are grateful to the USDA for entrusting us with this land,” FAMU President Mangum said. “It will enable FAMU to develop educational training and developmental programs for new and beginning farmers and ranchers, and to teach them the latest biotechnological innovations and other key initiatives.”

The transfer includes 3,812.5 acres, 2,830 square feet of laboratories, 3,600 square feet of office space, and a variety of other support structures built between 1932 and 1987.

“A new chapter in the history of this land begins as we transfer from Agricultural Research Service to Florida A&M University,” said ARS administrator Chavonda Jacobs-Young. “We look forward to our Florida A&M University colleagues continuing a fine legacy of agricultural research here and teaching the next generation of growers and producers as part of a new Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Program.”

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