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Langston University keeps goats on its campus as part of agricultural research. Photo courtesy Langston University.
Langston University keeps goats on its campus as part of agricultural research.
Photo courtesy Langston University.

Langston University, located about 20 miles southwest of Oklahoma State University, also has a thriving agricultural program, and it recently received a boost. The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded Langston University $1.5 million to further agricultural research at the institution.

“We are ideally positioned to provide new insight into the rapidly developing field of agriculture,” Dr. Marvin Burns, dean of agriculture and applied sciences at Langston, says. “We are grateful for the financial support of this important research and look forward to sharing the results [in 2015].”

According to Langston University spokeswoman Christina Gray, the funds will go toward several research projects to mine data – including studies on sustainable control of greenhouse gas emission by ruminant livestock – as well as food and agricultural science career pathway awareness and opportunities and the creation of a state-of-the-art centralized agriculture laboratory. Other supported research will look at enhancing the health and productivity of dairy goats along with a comparison between goats and other biological control methods on Eastern red cedar, considered an invasive species in Oklahoma.

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