03.23.2018

Science Magazine: Advocates Celebrate Funding Bump for USDA-funded Research

By Kelly Servick, March 23, 2018

(Originally posted on Science Magazine)

Farm science advocates had some success this year in boosting federal funding for the discipline…Read more)

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