Millions for A&M Ag Programs Included in Appropriations Bill

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More money from Washington looks to keep the "A" in Texas A&M strong.

Pending Congressional and Presidential approval, $21 million will be coming for 15 A&M farming, animal health and forestry programs.

District 17 Representative Chet Edwards announced the inclusion in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill for 2008. Edwards says A&M did not ask for the money, but that it was necessary to keep A&M at the forefront of national agricultural research.

"Texas A&M is a national leader when it comes to innovative research, and I am proud to work with A&M officials on important research projects that will help protect the food supply, family farms, and support our economy," said Edwards. "These important agricultural research programs are part of what makes Texas A&M a center of excellence for agriculture policy in America."

The democrat is a senior member of the Appropriations Committee.

Among the programs the money will go towards, according to Edwards' office:

-$1.9 million to study the effects of healthy foods and diet on disease prevention
- $3.75 million to study the sustainability of irrigation in rural communities
- $851,000 to study the effects of the Farm Bill on regional farming communities, $990,000 to research livestock and dairy policy
- $495,000 to revegetate training acreage for soldiers at Fort Hood.