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House approves agriculture funding bill

Includes funds for conservation programs, ag research center, University of Illinois          Send a link to a friend

[MAY 30, 2006]  WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on May 23 overwhelmingly approved the fiscal 2007 appropriations bill for the Department of Agriculture by a vote of 378-46. The bill contains $18.4 billion in discretionary spending and $76 billion in mandatory spending. The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

The projects listed below are contained in the legislation and were requested by U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria, Ill.

National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, Peoria

  • $843,339 reprogramming request
  • $500,000 for biofuels research

Biotechnology Research and Development Corporation, Peoria

  • $100,000 increase over fiscal 2006 funding (total of $3,717,000 for fiscal 2007)

University of Illinois

  • $865,000 for Livestock Genome Sequencing Initiative

  • $1,126,000 for Soybean Disease Biotechnology Center

  • $706,000 for Future Foods Initiative

  • $1,270,000 for Illinois-Missouri Biotechnology Alliance

  • $600,000 for Illinois Rivers 2020 from Environmental Quality Incentives Program

  • $100,000 for Illinois Trees Forever from Natural Resources Conservation Service

  • $500,000 for a joint project with the Illinois and Missouri Corn Growers associations for Product Verification Protocols Pilot from Grain, Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration

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The following projects were included as projects identified for potential funding under Rural Development, but funding levels were not contained in the legislation.

  • Peoria County, Ill., to expand water treatment facilities

  • Midwest Emergency Department Services for a rural telemedicine program

  • Illinois office of USDA's Rural Development to complete a statewide rural water map

[News release from Rep. Ray LaHood,
18th Congressional District]


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