Senator Stabenow Applauds Selection of Michigan State University for Grant to Address Water Quality

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) announcement that Michigan State University has been awarded a $900,000 grant to work with farmers to address critical water problems in rural communities and agriculture watersheds. The funding, which comes through the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, was authorized by Sen. Stabenow's 2014 Farm Bill.

"Farmers play an extremely important role in addressing critical water problems," said Stabenow. "I'm proud of Michigan State's leadership when it comes to agricultural research. The support announced today will help make sure our farmers have the tools they need to keep our waters clean."

Michigan State University's project will develop tools to help farmers deal with challenges brought on by water quality issues and changing weather patterns. The project will also evaluate the local economic impact of these smart agriculture technologies and practices. The award was made available by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative and the National Integrated Water Quality Program.