US funding for animal production research

The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has announced $24 million in grants to study animal heath, reproduction, breeding, genetics and nutrition.

The NIFA wrote in a press release that "the agriculture animal industry has been playing a crucial role in the success and growth of the nation's economy, accounting for 42% of forecast US agricultural receipts in 2009."

"The agriculture animal industry faces increasing challenges from animal diseases, reduced fertility, low nutrition and growth and non-tariff trade barriers," said Roger Beachy, NIFA director. "These grants will help the United States maintain a strong, internationally-competitive animal agriculture industry and lead to safer and more affordable animal products."

Programme areas
NIFA awarded these grants through four programme areas of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI):

• Animal Reproduction Program;

• Animal Genome, Genetics, and Breeding Program;

• Animal Growth and Nutrient Utilization Program;

• Integrated Solutions for Animal Agriculture Program.

AFRI funds research, education, and extension grants and integrated research, extension, and education grants that address key problems of national, regional and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of agriculture.

Among the universities and institutions receiving fiscal year 2009 grants were Purdue University, University of Illinois, Iowa State University, North Carolina State University, University of Kentucky, and the Agricultural Research Service.

Related websites:
US Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Purdue University
University of Illinois
Iowa State University
North Carolina State University
University of Kentucky
Agricultural Research Service

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