Nearly 40 scientists and graduate students were in Washington, DC, 8-9 April, to participate in a congressional visits event cosponsored by the Biological and Ecological Sciences Coalition (BESC) and the Coalition on Funding Agricultural Research Missions (CoFARM). Formed in 2002, BESC is co-chaired by AIBS and the Ecological Society of America. CoFARM, founded in 1990, is a coalition united by a commitment to advance and sustain investment in our nation’s fundamental and applied agricultural research.

The two-day event began with a briefing by senior members of the science policy community. The briefing provided participants with an insider’s view of the federal budget for research and development. After the briefing, participants traveled to Capitol Hill to attend the BESC/CoFARM Capitol Hill Reception. The Reception has become an annual event that recognizes the key members of Congress who have been champions for biological and agricultural research. This year, BESC and CoFARM recognized Representatives Brian Baird (D-WA) and Brian Bilbray (R-CA).


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