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$3M for Cornell Crop Genomics Center Added to US House Bill

NEW YORK, July 5 (GenomeWeb News) - Cornell University could receive $3 million for the construction of its Center for Health Based Crop Genomics, in addition to $10.6 million in other agricultural genetics funding, under a $16.7 billion agriculture bill expected to be approved by the US House of Representatives later this summer, a local Ithaca, New York press report said.


The Center for Health Based Crop Genomics, to be built on the Ithaca Campus, has been in development some time, and the university has been  recruiting faculty for the Center since last year.


This slew of proposed funding was added to the agriculture bill by US Congressman Jim Walsh, who represents the area of New York State where Cornell is located. It also includes $3 million for construction of the Center for Grape Genetics Researech at the Cornell Agricultural and Food Technology Park; $250,000 additional funds for grape genetics research at the Agriculture Research Service facility in Geneva; $2,400,00 un additional viticulture research; and %510,000 for research on the bacterial disease Apple fireblight, according to Congressman Walsh's website.


The US House is slated to vote on the funding sometime after it returns from the Independence Day recess July 6, according to the report in the Ithaca Journal.


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