Ag Industry Requests Research Funding
March 23, 2018

The American Sheep Industry Association teamed with dozens of agriculture and livestock groups in requesting $10 million in appropriations for Section 1433 Continuing Animal Health and Disease, Food Security, and Stewardship Research, Education and Extension Programs in the fiscal year 2019 Agriculture Appropriations bill. Such funds would enable competitive research grants to address critical priorities in food security, animal health and stewardship.

"Unfortunately, current funding by the United States Department of Agriculture to support the animal sciences is not proportionate with the economic contributions of animal agriculture and has remained stagnant for many years," read the letter to leaders of both the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees on Agriculture, Rural Development Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies. "This disturbing trend was highlighted by the National Academy of Sciences in its report Critical Role of Animal Science Research in Food Security and Sustainability. The report recognizes the historic underfunding of animal sciences and calls for increased investments.

"It is imperative that increased food production be done in a manner that will protect our natural resources while maintaining America's global competitiveness in producing animals and animal products," the letter concluded.