Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Just in from Madison

USDA Ag Lab Closures Have Wide Impact

Madison--Scheduled agricultural research lab closures are having impacts beyond the dozen labs being shuttered, according to the Wisconsin Ag Connection.

The federal budget passed last fall by Congress requires the Agriculture Department’s Agricultural Research Service to close the 12 labs this year. Closing the facilities and moving the approximately 300 employees who work in them comes at a cost, however—to the tune of about $40 million. Now, researchers at other labs are finding that their programs also will face cuts as the agency seeks to spread those costs across its budget.

“Flagship wheat research projects affected by these cuts include the U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative (USWBSI), a landmark public-private-federal cooperative agreement, which will face a reduction of $1.4 million from a total budget of around $5 million,” the article says.

Wisconsin Ag Connection article

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