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An Ag-Research First: Significant Boost for Farm Science Included in Federal Stimulus Agreement Announced by White House—$2 Billion Allocation for Agricultural Research in $1.75 Trillion Build Back Better Plan
Statement from Margaret M. Zeigler, Ph.D., Interim President, Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation
WASHINGTON, DC (October 28, 2021)—“The first major investment in agricultural research in a federal stimulus bill has been agreed to in the recently announced Build Back Better Plan. This much-needed boost comes just in time; farmers need innovative solutions to handle the now-multiplying threats of climate change. The $2 billion allocation should be the first step towards building a climate-resilient agricultural sector so that farmers and consumers alike can enjoy a brighter future.
“A significant investment of $210 million in the competitive grants program, the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), was welcomed and will stimulate climate innovation across the country as a result. And $1 billion for research infrastructure will revamp aging facilities so that they can handle the demands of research in the coming years.
“Farmers have always had a tenuous relationship with the weather, but the weather in 2020 was extremely challenging for producers. The winter was the coldest in two decades, even though the entire year was the fifth warmest ever. The Great Lakes and Plains regions, along with the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, received above average precipitation while the West and Northern Plains received below average amounts.
“Only with ramped-up investments like these in agricultural science can we fight back against the devastating impacts of climate change. These investments will climate-proof our farmers for the coming decades and will keep the pantries stocked and the refrigerators full. Thankfully this budget agreement sets the stage for the many innovations needed.”
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About the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation
The Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation leads a non-partisan coalition working to educate stakeholders about the importance of agricultural research. For the past seven years, SoAR has supported increased investments to encourage top scientists to create agricultural solutions that improve public health and food security and enhance economic competitiveness. For more information, please visit www.supportagresearch.org.