USDA Awards More Than $11 Million to Improve Animals through Research, Education and Extension in Animal Genomics
WASHINGTON, March 2, 2009 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today awarded more than $11 million in grants to 15 states to support research, education and outreach in animal genomics that will enhance the protection and safety of agriculture and the food supply.
"President Obama understands that to remain globally competitive in the livestock business and to continue to produce safe, nutritious products from livestock requires the application of cutting-edge genetics and breeding programs," Vilsack said. "Investing in good basic and applied research will help pinpoint genetic differences that result in superior animal products of the best quality for the consumer."
Successful application of this research will reduce the number and severity of animal disease outbreaks and decrease dependence on the widespread use of antibiotics.
The Fiscal Year 2008 projects were awarded through USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES) National Research Initiative Animal Genome Program which seeks to develop sound, practical, science-based knowledge that can be shared with other researchers, farmers and consumers of U.S. animal products. These awards also support the training of the next generation of scientists by providing support for 25 post-doctoral fellows and 15 graduate students.
Fiscal Year 2008 animal genome grants were awarded to:
Auburn University, $725,000
University of California, Davis, $550,000
University of California, Davis, $10,000
University of Southern California, $711,884
University of Delaware, $125,000
University of Georgia, $449,575
Iowa State University, $10,000
Iowa State University, $909,439
Iowa State University, $749,345
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, $449,421
USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS)/Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Md., $625,000
University of Maryland, $906,098
USDA, ARS/Avian Disease and Oncology Laboratory (ADOL), Mich., $875,000
USDA, ARS/ADOL, $448,552
University of Minnesota, $549,999
University of Minnesota, $447,633
University of Missouri, $125,000
Texas A&M University, $313,516
Texas A&M University, $125,000
Utah State University, $629,471
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, $585,613
Washington State University, $450,000
University of Wisconsin, Madison, $10,000
University of Wisconsin, Madison, $401,651
Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, CSREES focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. For more information, visit www.nifa.usda.gov .