The Administration’s research proposals contain slight increases in overall funds for both research done by USDA scientists and partnerships with land-grant universities. Researchers and farmers in town this week for the industry’s annual research fly-in were encouraged by this news and urged Members of Congress to support two top-line requests, $1.124 billion for USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and $383 million in funding for USDA’s premier competitive grant programs, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

However, NAWG and state associations are continuing to examine the details of the research proposal and already have developed grave concerns about some of the details. Most significantly, the request appears to zero out funds for the U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative (USWBSI), as well as a significant reduction for crop protection work. Wheat stakeholders will continue to assess the potential impact of the president’s ideas on ARS and land-grant research and engage with Members of Congress on top priorities.

The full budget proposals are available online at www.whitehouse.gov/omb/.

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