Research supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) led to 180 new inventions in 2013, according to a new report released by the agency. Innovations included the development of antimicrobial packets that keep food from spoiling and new processes for turning grass clippings into bioenergy.

“Studies have shown that every dollar invested in agricultural research returns $20 to the economy. We have accelerated commercialization of federal research and government researchers are working closely with the private sector to develop new technology and transfer it to the marketplace,” said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “USDA has a proven track record of performing research that benefits the public.”

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