USDA Commits $176 Million to Priority Labs

June 19, 2009

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the distribution of $176 million in Recovery Act funding to research laboratories in 29 states, according to the Agricultural Research Service (ARS; Washington, DC).

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the distribution of $176 million in Recovery Act funding to research laboratories in 29 states, according to the Agricultural Research Service (ARS; Washington, DC). ARS states that the funding will help improve research facilities “of the highest priority.” The funding will go towards improving safety and health aspects, energy efficiency, and reduced operation and maintenance costs of each facility.

Vilsack says the funding shows President Obama’s commitment to “ensuring that USDA (Washington, DC) stays on the cutting edge of research in food safety, nutrition, producing food, and preserving the quality of our soil and water,” according to ARS. These investments are expected to support continuing scientific research, create new jobs, and help sustain local businesses that conduct business with the labs.

For a list of the selected research projects, visit www.ars.usda.gov/is/pr.