Washington, DC (December 18, 2019)—The Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation welcomes increased funding for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the flagship competitive grants program of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), in the final budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget. AFRI’s budget will total $425 million for the fiscal year that began this past October.
“We are pleased that the AFRI budget has been increased for the fourth year in a row, especially in a year that has brought turmoil due to the move of NIFA to Kansas City,” said Thomas Grumbly, President of the SoAR Foundation. “We cannot ignore the fact, however, that overall Federal expenditures on research were raised by more than 7%—nearly twice the amount for USDA. This tells us that there is much more work to be done to persuade the Congress that food and agricultural research must be a higher priority if we are to have prosperous farmers and a healthy nation.”