President gives ag research greater priority

President gives ag research greater priority

Budget request proposes to fully fund USDA's Agriculture & Food Research Initiative.

In the seven years since the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agriculture & Food Research Initiative (AFRI) was established, this is the first year the President plans to request the full $700 million for the competitive, peer-reviewed grants program for fundamental and applied agricultural sciences.

President Barack Obama plans to request $700 million for AFRI in his 2017 budget, slated for full release next week. The AFRI budget proposal includes $375 million in the discretio

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