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NEWS RELEASE

USDA Awards $5 Million in Air Quality Grants

Contact:
Ed Loyd (202) 720-4632
James Spurling (202) 720-8187

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2005 - Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced today that $5 million has been awarded to 11 institutions to conduct air quality research. This research investment is part of USDA's overall air quality program, and marks the second year of funding.

"These air quality awards continue to represent a new direction for fundamental and applied research at USDA to provide sound science that protects the environment while maintaining a viable agricultural production system," said Johann. "The Bush Administration is committed to enhancing our natural resources and these grants will help find solutions to meet today's challenges."

"The grants will target the impact of air quality resulting from farm animal operations, greenhouse gases, emissions from post-harvest practices and improved methods for measuring gases in the atmosphere," said Joseph J. Jen undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics. Funding for the awards was provided by USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES).

The 11 institutions receiving awards are:

Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

$482,000

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

$395,000

Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

$482,000

University of California, Davis, California

$463,000

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado

$482,000

University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota (two awards)

$907,000

University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire

$454,000

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

$369,000

Washington State University, Pullman, Washington

$482,000

Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Athens, Georgia

$481,000

 

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