The U.S. Senate passed the Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration Appropriations bill today by a vote of 97 to 2. U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) voted for the legislation. The bill provides funding for federal programs including agricultural research and education, natural resources conservation and farm income and support. Hagel requested funding for a number of Nebraska projects that were included in the bill.
"Nebraska continues to be a leader in agriculture innovation, education and research. This bill provides funding for several important projects that will further Nebraska's efforts to address today's agriculture challenges and embrace its opportunities," Hagel said.
The bill includes funding for the following projects requested by Hagel:
$1,205,000 for Rural Policies Research Institute - UNL;
$222,000 for National Drought Mitigation Center - University of Nebraska- Lincoln (UNL);
$500,000 Midwest Advanced Food Manufacturing Alliance - UNL;
$329,000 for Alliance for Food Protection - UNL; and
$700,000 increase over FY 2005 funding levels for Cattle Feed Efficiency Genomics - U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center.
The bill will now go to a House-Senate Conference.