1999 Budget: One Step Forward, Two Back

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Science  16 Oct 1998:
Vol. 282, Issue 5388, pp. 392
DOI: 10.1126/science.282.5388.392b

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Last week Congress finally agreed on a 1999 budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The good news is that the bill provides a 23% jump in funding for the department's centerpiece competitive research program, the National Research Initiative (NRI). But the bad news is that Congress killed funding for a major new research initiative and axed a smaller research program focused on rural communities to help pay for NRI's increase.