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Livestock Genomics, Breeding Wins $11M from USDA

By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) –The US Department of Agriculture has awarded nearly $11 million in grants to genomics and genetics studies focused on livestock animal development and breeding.

The Animal Genome, Genetics, and Breeding Program, which is part of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, has received the funding from USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The grants will support animal genomics studies directed toward understanding the genetic code of livestock animals in order to identify important genes and traits that could boost production or value.

"The agriculture animal industry faces increasing challenges from animal diseases, reduced fertility, low nutrition and growth and non-tariff trade barriers," NIFA Director Roger Beachy said in a statement. "These grants will help the United States maintain a strong, internationally-competitive animal agriculture industry and lead to safer and more affordable animal products."

The grants went to: Auburn University, $800,000; Georgetown University, $970,000; University of Georgia, $390,000; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, $10,000; Iowa State University, $450,000; Agricultural Research Service, USDA, $342,000, $625,000, $750,000, and $625,000; University of Maryland, $680,000; Michigan State University, $440,000, and $690,000; University of Missouri, $10,000, $130,000; North Carolina State University, $749,502; Pennsylvania State University, $450,000; Texas A&M University, $600,000; Utah State University, $930,000; Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, $910,000; University of Wisconsin, $450,000.

NIFA granted an additional $13 million in funding to programs conducting research outside of the genomics and genetics field, including the Animal Reproduction Program and the Animal Growth and Nutrient Utilization Program.

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