Senator Stabenow Applauds New $1.4 Million Investment in MSU Agricultural Research

Support Will Help Michigan Farmers Raise Healthy Animals

Monday, October 16, 2017

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) announcement of $1.4 million for three Michigan State University (MSU) agricultural research projects. This new investment, which comes from USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), will help MSU researchers protect animal health on Michigan pork and dairy farms. 

“Michigan State is a national leader in agricultural research, which safeguards our farms and strengthens our state’s economy,” said Senator Stabenow. “This latest investment will help MSU’s world-class researchers develop new tools and techniques to support our Michigan pork and dairy farmers.”

Senator Stabenow authored the 2014 Farm Bill, which continued funding for a long legacy of critical USDA research initiatives, including AFRI. MSU is receiving $1,444,000 in total AFRI funds for three projects that respectively aim to improve immune development in pigs, curb an infectious virus in dairy cows, and address antimicrobial resistance in the dairy industry.

This support is part of $14.3 million announced this week for 39 projects across the country. For more information, visit USDA’s website here.