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Senate Proposes Extensive Funding for Agricultural Research


As part of the $23.3 billion in funding intended for the USDA in Fiscal 2021 by the Senate Appropriations Committee, specific agencies will receive adequate funding to support research on productivity and food safety.


Approximately $1.5 billion will be allocated to each of the USDA Agricultural Research Service and the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  The Agriculture Food Research Initiative (AFRI) will receive $435, a supplement of $10 million more than the previous fiscal year.  The National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Kansas will be fully funded. These appropriations generally conform to the House appropriations with respect to research and food safety. 

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The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will receive $1.1 billion, given numerous disease challenges and the emergence of new pests.  The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will be fully funded at $1.1 billion and $1.4 billion will be assigned to the Farm Services Agency (FSA) to maintain staffing and functionality of county offices.


Competitive grants offered by the USDA should attain $700 million, exceeding the current $430 million.  Innovations arising from research under the AFRI and NIFA include suppression of foreign and domestic disease, improvements in plant genetics, developing alternatives to antibiotics in addition to enhancing efficiency of both crop and livestock production. 

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