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Bill Offers Abundant Harvest for USDA

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Science  09 Jan 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5348, pp. 173
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5348.173

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Soon after members of Congress return to Washington later this month, they will consider the fate of a proposed $780 million, 5-year fund that could more than double what the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) spends on competitive research grants each year. The proposal, part of a bill approved by the Senate last fall, could infuse dozens of plant and animal science labs with the latest molecular biology techniques and pricey new instruments. The bill is also likely to bring more rigorous peer review to USDA's in-house research programs.