Wednesday, March 21, 2007

New agricultural research institute planned

The Scientist : New agricultural research institute planned:

"US lawmakers plan to introduce legislation within the next few weeks to establish a new research institute to manage peer-reviewed grants focused on basic food and agricultural science. Modeled after the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) would be an independent agency within the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), overseeing up to $1 billion in competitive extramural research grants. "

Comment: About time too! But there is a lot of milk spilled betwixt the cup and the lip, and a lot of good ideas spilled between their introduction to the Congress and their becoming billion dollar programs. JAD

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