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Smith, Wyden Secure Funds For Oregon, OSU Agriculture Projects
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden announced the U.S. Senate has passed legislation providing agricultural projects in Oregon with millions of dollars in federal funds. The Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill will now go to President Bush for his signature.
“Oregon’s future as an important player in agriculture depends on the sector’s ability to grow and innovate,” said Smith. “These projects will help keep our farms on the cutting edge of agricultural innovation.”
“A whole host of Oregon agriculture projects will soon be up and running now that these funds have been approved by Congress,” said Wyden. “Agriculture and farming are to Oregon what the cornerstone is to a building, and these projects will not only continue to support our state’s economy, but also make important scientific advances for the entire U.S.”
Oregon State University will receive funding for numerous projects, including:
· $450,000 to be shared among Oregon, Idaho and Washington for research to identify improved grass seed crop management and conservation practices;
Oregon will share in $682,000 of USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service funds for Barley Genome Mapping and $1.4 million for potato research. Klamath and Lake Counties will receive $175,000 from the Natural Resources Conservation Service for development of a geothermal agricultural industrial park.
The legislation continues funding for numerous existing projects including a shellfish research project, a hops genetic research project, National Germplasm Research project, viticulture research, floriculture and nursery research, and eastern filbert blight studies.
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