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FIGHTING FOR FEDERAL RESEARCH PROGRAMS

Background

Federal funding for vital competitive potato research and breeding grants have helped produce the highest quality and most affordable potatoes in the world. These grants enable researchers to develop new potato varieties, prevent and detect potato diseases and pests, and improve the quality of potatoes available for commercial consumption.

 

Solutions

Agricultural Research Service (ARS)

NPC and its partners work with Congress to maintain critical funding to support the continued success of vital potato research programs.

For each of the last 25 years, Congress has appropriated funds to USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to help solve specific production and disease problems of the potato industry. ARS uses those funds to partner with state governments and land grant universities on competitive potato research initiatives that address potato diseases, insect pests, marketing issues, and post-harvest disorders of critical concern.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Program

Additionally, the potato industry and USDA have more than a 25 year history of partnering to fund competitive research and breeding programs through USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) program.  During the years 1991 through 2006, the federal government invested $23.5 million. During that time, state governments and private investments totaled $22 million, nearly matching the federal investment.