The University of North Texas now has a $2.5 million grant to improve crop yield and soil salinity.
The grant is funded by the National Science Foundation and will span from August 2019 to July 2024. U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, announced the grant Monday.
Researchers will look at ways to improve irrigation water quality, ways to restore soil and reduce usage, and ultimately reduce fossil fuel use in farming. The project is expected to figure out how to make long-term improvements to soil used in agricultural production and improve groundwater quality.
“The success of agriculture in Texas affects us all, and our world’s increasing reliance on data means we should give students in these fields every advantage to succeed,” Cornyn said in a statement. “I applaud area leaders for their work to obtain this grant, and I’m grateful to the Trump Administration for supporting the students at the University of North Texas.”