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Published July 11, 2009, 12:00 AM

North Dakota to receive federal funds for ag research

The fiscal year 2010 agricultural appropriations bill passed Thursday by the U.S. House includes more than $2.3 million for agricultural research in North Dakota.

By: Forum staff reports, INFORUM

The fiscal year 2010 agricultural appropriations bill passed Thursday by the U.S. House includes more than $2.3 million for agricultural research in North Dakota. Projects include:

- Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory, Mandan, $511,000 for research on how farmers producing biomass can maintain a sustainable and economic farming operation through science-based approaches, and work with ranchers to develop feed management practices that use locally produced feed to prepare livestock for market.

- North Dakota State University, $939,000, to determine the economics, production, conversion and policy effects of biomass conversion to biofuels and other products; $700,000 for a joint Dickinson State University-NDSU project to enhance the capability to quickly diagnose and respond to a potential disease outbreak in the U.S. agricultural food chain; and $235,000 for researchers from NDSU and a five-state region to continue efforts to improve plant genetics and crop management, study root disease and new plant varieties, and develop new uses for peas, lentils and chickpeas.

The bill also includes funding to sustain the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Center.

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