Bill Contains Oregon Agricultural Research Funds

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Byline: The Register-Guard

An agriculture appropriations bill headed for the floor of the U.S. Senate includes several million dollars for research projects in Oregon aimed at boosting agricultural profits and sustainable and organic farming in the state, Oregon's senators said Friday.

"Oregon farmers have the potential to become nationwide leaders in sustainable farming and exporters of organic goods to the rest of the country," Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said in support of the bill. "These funds will advance research to control crop-killing pests and give Oregon farmers the tools they need to grow sustainable crops and boost long-term productivity.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., said the grant money "will help researchers make breakthroughs in 21st century agricultural practices and help Oregon's farmers and growers operate more efficiently and create more jobs."

Once the bill is passed by the Senate, Wyden and Merkley said, it will be reconciled with the House version of the bill and sent to President Obama for his signature.

The lion's share of the grants earmarked for work in Oregon, including some grants that would be shared with other states, would go to Oregon State University. …