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NAMA Supports President Obama's Budget Request to Increase Funding For Grain Crops Research

Date Posted: February 14, 2012

Washington, DC—As a strong advocate for wheat and oat research, the North American Millers’ Association (NAMA) strongly supports the President’s FY13 budget request to increase funding for grain crops research in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

The proposed budget funds agricultural research that is essential for improving yield, nutritional quality and disease resistance.

“Research has given public wheat breeders the ability to use DNA markers to expedite the selection process,” stressed NAMA President Mary Waters.

“This advanced utilization of wheat genomics is possible because of the investments in ARS regional genotyping labs.

"NAMA encourages Congress to approve the proposed budget which will allow ARS labs across the country to continue this and other research projects important to the milling industry as well as to users and consumers of grain products.”

NAMA learned about the President’s FY13 budget request at a briefing with USDA Under Secretary Catherine Woteki.

Subject to review, potential modification, and approval by Congress by Oct. 1, 2012, the budget request for ARS research programs proposes a new increase of $8 million above the current FY12 operating level.

The FY13 budget recommends selected high priority research initiatives that address the Administration’s science and technology priorities.

NAMA is the trade association representing 41 companies that operate 176 wheat, oat and corn mills in 38 states and Canada.

For more information, call 202-484-2200, ext. 11.

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