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clip_image002Alabama Cooperative Extension System Animal Scientist Dr. Maria Browning and Extension Health and Nutrition Specialist Dr. Tamara Warren recently received grant funding from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to establish new Extension programs designed to reach underserved populations.

Dr. Browning and partners Dr. Cassandra Vaughn, an animal scientist at Alcorn State University, and Dr. Richard Browning, an associate professor and researcher at Tennessee State University, were awarded $350,000 to develop a new program targeting women and minority farmers in Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee. Limited-resource producers will learn sustainable goat production practices that will help to meet the growing demand for goat products in the southeast.

clip_image006Dr. Warren and Extension specialists Kimberly Neloms, Edna Coleman and Dr. Donnie Cook received a $200,000 grant to develop an innovative program to reduce childhood obesity among teens ages 12 to 18 in Alabama’s urban areas. Teens will have an opportunity to use portable hand-held electronic devices that will feature lessons on developing healthier lifestyles, including consuming more fruits and vegetables and engaging in aerobic dance exercises.

For more information about these new initiatives, contact Dr. Maria Leite-Browning at (256) 372-4954 or Dr. Tamara Warren at (256) 372-4981.


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