The SAFHS faculty engages in research which advances knowledge, understanding and new innovations. Students often participate in research projects which enrich their educational experience. Evans-Allen Research is the foundation of historically black land-grant college and universities’ agriculture research programs.
Organized research at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff began in 1967 when the campus received $16,980 in formula funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture through Cooperative State Research Service. Federal funding increased in 1972 allowed agricultural sciences research projects and areas to expand.
Congressional Public Laws (P.L.) 89-106 (1965), 97-98 Section 1443 (1977), and 95-113 Section 1445 (Evans-Allen, 1977) were the foundation and lifeblood of historically black land-grant colleges and universities’ agricultural research programs. The laws provided funding for broadened research in agriculture and for the update of campus research facilities The latter of the 1977 laws provided for permanent government research funding which greatly assisted black land-grant campuses in attracting research faculty to campus, conducting high-quality research, and incorporating these campuses fully into the land-grant system.
Research in agriculture and economics, conducted at historically black land-grant institutions, generally fits into eight major categories:
- Animal Science
- Food and Nutrition
- International Development
- Natural Resources
- Plant and Soil Science
- Rural Development
Over the years, research projects have been conducted in agronomy, agricultural marketing and economic development, poultry sciences, fisheries, rabbit production, entomology, horticulture, family living, with emphasis on aging and youth development, and housing. Research activities at UAPB have experienced steady growth with the research base broadening to cover all eight major categories.