Research funding at USDA in play

USDAPresident Obama this past week announced that he intends to include a request for $700 million in funding for USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) – double his request last year. This demonstrates a commitment from the Administration to agricultural research. Also this week, AFRI announced $30.1 million in funding for food safety and plant health research. OTA will continue to advocate through the budget and appropriations process for organic priorities, including organic research funding.

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