USDA Gets Additional Barley and Wheat Research Funding
Milwaukee, WI – May 18, 2017 – Congress sent the President a 2017 fiscal year budget that he signed on May 5, 2017. Sometimes called an Omnibus because it contains a large collection of appropriation bills, this one contained a few increases for USDA programs. Barley and wheat research got a boost in funding for the Agricultural Research Service’s (ARS) US Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative (USWBSI) and Small Grains Genomic Initiative (SGGI). Small grains researchers will be better able to provide growers and end users with varieties that mitigate production risks with the increased support.