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Agricultural Science Gets More Money, New Faces

Science  09 Oct 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5950, pp. 216
DOI: 10.1126/science.326_216

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After decades of flat funding, agricultural research seems to have caught the attention of U.S. policymakers, as Congress gave a 30% boost to the main competitive grants program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), raising it to $263 million for 2010. And two new research chiefs at the department, Rajiv Shah and Roger Beachy, hope to parlay an administrative reorganization into greater visibility for the field.