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Grains Research

NAMA invests in agricultural research to improve yield, nutritional quality and disease resistance. NAMA annually teams up with growers, bakers and researchers to send a unified message to Congress on the need for continued funding for these important programs.

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed its version of the agriculture appropriations bill on April 26.  The FY 2013 bill provides $1.239 billion for the National Institute on Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and $1.101 billion for the Agricultural Research Service, the same as 2012 levels. Within NIFA, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which serves as USDA’s flagship competitive grants program, saw an increase of $298 million from FY 2012 levels.

Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Pat Roberts introduced a bill that would establish a Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), a 501(c)3, non-profit organization created to foster public-private partnerships within the agricultural research community. The bill was added to the Senate Agriculture Committee’s version of the 2012 Farm Bill, and contained $100 million in seed money that requires a matched amount to be utilized. NAMA joined one hundred organizations in a letter of support for this effort.

Last updated May 2012

Prepare by Sherri Lehman, Director of Government Relations, 202.484.2200, ext. 13 [email protected]

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