WASHINGTON — When the federal government began designating historically black colleges and universities as land-grant institutions in 1890, Central State University in Wilberforce seemed like a natural fit.
It had an agricultural-education program. It had a strong tradition of serving African-American students. It was a public university, too.
But Central State was passed over after what Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, called “intense political wrangling,” leaving the state with only one land-grant college, Ohio State University. One hundred and twenty three years passed.
That wait is close to an end. Yesterday, the House passed a five-year farm bill 251-166 that would give the southwestern Ohio university the designation.
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