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June 23, 2006   Email to Friend 

Katie Boyd
(202) 224-6518
June 23, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced Friday funding for Alabama agriculture projects included in the Fiscal Year 2007 Agriculture Appropriations Bill.

"I believe the Agriculture Appropriations Bill goes a long way toward helping farmers and rural communities in Alabama and across the country by funding advanced research methods with the ultimate goal of eliminating devastating diseases and increasing agricultural productivity levels," said Shelby.

Project funding includes:

-- $1.38 million for fish vaccine and microbe research

-- $1.135 million for a food safety and detection program to help ensure safe food supplies

--$1.7 million for Auburn University, Alabama A&M and Tuskegee University to conduct joint research of conservation tillage, precision agriculture and poultry litter management

-- $1.12 million for research activities, including studies in soil hydrology, weed ecology, and soil physics to be conducted at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Soil Dynamics Laboratory at Auburn University.

-- $585,000 for research on pests, soil quality, water quality, nutrients, and overall production in the peanut industry

-- $925,000 to identify genes that convey virulent traits, pathogens and other factors affecting the catfish industry

-- $198,000 to assist Auburn University in its effort to develop a horn fly vaccine

-- $442,000 for a cooperative effort between the Alabama Wildlife Federation Conservation Education Center and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for conservation education on a variety of ecosystems

-- $842,000 for Alabama Beef Connection to track the movement of cattle from farm to market

-- $99,000 for the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts to educate students about rural and urban conservation

The bill also includes language to extend the peanut storage program for an additional year. The 2002 Farm bill included funding authorization for the program through 2006, rather than extending it through the life of the bill.

An unspecified amount of funding is to aid residents in Alabama and Florida by extending the Pine Barren Channel into Florida to reduce flooding in Atmore.

Nationally, another program to be funded through Fiscal Year 2007 Agriculture Appropriations Bill is Circuit Riders which is funded $13.75 million for on-site field assistance, to provide information to small communities so they are able to better comply with EPA water regulations regarding arsenic, radon and other chemicals that may be in water.

In addition, there's $524.96 million for rural water and wastewater grants and loans.

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