July 18, 2008

Allard Secures Funding for CSU Ag Projects

By Greeley Tribune, Colo.

Jul. 18--U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., has secured nearly $3 million for Colorado State University projects as part of the fiscal year 2009 Agriculture Appropriations bill.

Allard, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in a press release that funding the projects will help "CSU maintain its position as a top tier university in agriculture."

Four projects will get federal money from the bill.

--$1.5 million will go to the Global Change Ultraviolet Radiation Program, which is designed to provide information to the agricultural community about the geographic and temporal climatology of UV-B, which is critical in assessing the impacts of changing UV radiation on agricultural systems.

--$655,000 will go to the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium of which CSU is one of three universities. The consortium efforts are directed at developing advanced genetic evaluations systems that will improve the profitability and global competitiveness of the U.S. beef industry.

--$609,000 will go to the Program of Economically Important Infectious Diseases which focuses on the advancement of research and outreach activities that are related to the prevention and spread of infectious diseases in animal populations.

--$228,000 for Russian Wheat Aphid Resistance which is designed to rapidly incorporate resistance to new types of Russian Wheat aphids with heat and drought tolerance, increasing the marketability of Colorado winter wheat.


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