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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Ag minute: USDA Invests in Research to End Hunger and Address Food Security Challenges

  • Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan visited South Dakota State University recently to announce more than $75 million in grants for research, education and extension activities to ensure greater food security in the United States and around the world.
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  • Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan visited South Dakota State University recently to announce more than $75 million in grants for research, education and extension activities to ensure greater food security in the United States and around the world. The awards were made to teams at 21 U.S. universities to conduct research that will find solutions to increasing food availability and decreasing the number of food insecure individuals. Merrigan announced the awards at the university's campus in Brookings, S.D., with university president David L. Chicoine and Barry Dunn, dean of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences.
    USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) made the awards through the 2012 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative's (AFRI) Food Security program. The program supports research that will keep American agriculture competitive while helping to end world hunger, and focuses on achieving the long-term outcomes of increasing domestic and international food availability and food accessibility.
    This year's funded projects include research at South Dakota State University to examine community efforts to encourage healthy food choices; research at Purdue University to develop new strategies to defend against ear rot diseases in corn. Scientists at the University of Tennessee will identify ways to improve milk quality in the Southeast and enhance the sustainability of the Southeast dairy industry. A team at the University of California in Berkeley will work with tribal groups in the Klamath Basin in Oregon and California to build sustainable regional food systems to aid in enhancing tribal health and food security.
    Fiscal year 2012 awards include:
    * Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., $5,500,000

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