.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Texas’ senior Senator and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the committee has approved $6.87 million for important agriculture research at Texas A&M University. The bill is now ready to be considered by the full Senate.
“Texas A&M is a world leader in agriculture research,” said Senator Hutchison. “This funding will support their continued efforts to ensure food is safe, available, and affordable.”
The bill includes the following projects for Texas A&M:
• $3.83 million to develop, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, West Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and Kansas State University, new irrigation techniques to prevent wasteful depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer;
• $200,000 for Prairie View A&M Dairy and Meat Goat Research, a program designed to advance the dairy goat industry globally;
• $290,000 for the National Wildlife Research Station at Texas A&M Kingsville to address infectious diseases associated with wildlife populations;
• $300,000 for an air quality study conducted by West Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University and Kansas State University;
• $1.05 million for Texas A&M and New Mexico State University for research to increase the efficiency of agricultural and urban landscape irrigation and to encourage the development of efficient water markets in the Rio Grande Basin;
• $200,000 to help coordinate the policy analysis efforts of the food, fiber and energy industries in the areas in which they intersect; and
• $1 million to establish a Center for Invasive Species Eradication that focuses on research targeting the eradication of invasive plant species through enhanced education and management programs.