Sixty-one organizations and institutions, including AIBS, representing stakeholders from across the food and agricultural research enterprise, have sent a letter to Senate appropriators urging them to provide increased funding for research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Last month, the House Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year (FY) 2023 spending bill that would provide $3.6 billion for food and agricultural research, extension, and education programs at USDA, a healthy funding increase compared to FY 2022. The stakeholder letter highlights the House numbers and urges the Senate Appropriations Committee to make investments “to at least the levels that were put forward by the House.”
“Multiple studies have demonstrated that a strategic investment in our nation’s food and agricultural innovation, education, and extension will provide a significant return on that investment, providing both short- and long-term solutions,” the groups argued.
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