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USDA Awards $2.2 Million for Markets and Trade Research

Ed Loyd, (202) 720-4623
Jennifer Martin, (202) 720-8188

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WASHINGTON , Dec. 2, 2005 – Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced today the awarding of eleven grants totaling $2.2 million for research on agricultural markets and trade. These grants support innovative research that examines trade barriers, consumer behavior and choice, market mechanisms, and organizational structures of agriculture and agricultural research investments.

“The Agriculture Markets and Trade program supports research that promotes trade opportunities for U.S. agriculture,” said Johanns. “This research will aid the performance and competitiveness of food, fiber and bio-based products in domestic and foreign markets.”

The USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) administers the Agriculture Markets and Trade program through the National Research Initiative (NRI). The NRI is the largest peer reviewed, competitive grants program in CSREES. It supports research, education and extension grants that address key problems of national, regional and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of agriculture.

Research from the grants will benefit the vegetable and winter tomato markets, the livestock sector, U.S. food retailers, commodity price analysts, international trade participants and policy makers, agricultural research investors, producers of genetically modified grain and consumers around the world.

The average award size was $199,500. Descriptions of funded awards are available on the CSREES Web site.

CSREES advances knowledge for agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, and communities by supporting research, education and extension programs in the Land-Grant University System and other partner organizations. For more information, visit http://www.csrees.usda.gov.

The fiscal year 2005 grants were awarded to the following:

  • University of Arizona, $180,697. “Competitive Interactions Among U.S. Retailers: A New Approach.”
  • University of Arizona, $154,000. “North American Trade Suspension Agreements and Winter Tomato Supply Response.”
  • University of California – Berkeley, $215,000. “Understanding and Estimating the Effects of Storage on Commodity Price Behavior.”
  • University of California – Berkeley, $205,000. “Measuring Competitiveness in Vegetable Markets.”
  • American University (District of Columbia), $135,485. “The Impact of Antidumping Regulations on Food and Fiber Trade.”
  • University of Idaho, $177,828. “Agglomeration Economies, Geographical Concentrations and Spatial Structure of the U.S. Livestock Sectors.”
  • Kansas State University, $334,473. “The Value of the ‘ U.S.A. ' Label on Retail Agricultural Products in Japan.”
  • North Dakota State University, $137,526. “Market Mechanisms to Facilitate Commercialization of Genetically Modified Grains: Test Tolerances, Segregation, Traceability and Contracting.”
  • Ohio State University, $237,161. “An Experimental Investigation of Contractual Arrangements and Incentive Systems.”
  • Oregon State University, $165,585. “Public Investment Policy and Industry Incentives in Agricultural and Life Science Research.”
  • Washington State University, $257,039. “Grocery Store Shelf Labels, Nutrition and Pricing Information and Consumer Choice.”