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Senate Passes Agriculture Appropriations Bill

Bill Includes South Dakota Priorities

August 4, 2009

Washington, D.C. —  Senator John Thune today released the following statement after the Senate passed the Fiscal Year 2010 Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill by a vote of 80 to 17:

"South Dakota's economy relies on the continued growth and health of our agricultural sector. South Dakota plays a significant role in helping meet our nation's food and renewable fuel needs. I have requested funding for research projects that can help to ensure that we are equipped to meet tomorrow's agricultural challenges."

South Dakota Specific Provisions Requested by Senator Thune and Senator Johnson:

SDSU-North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory Biomass Crop Production
$1.25 million for exploring and developing new uses for biofuel production co-products, such as dry distiller's grains. Dry distiller's grains are a potential feed source for livestock.

SDSU Ruminant Nutrition Consortium
$563,000 for continued ruminant nutrition research and education. This research program will add value to grain and forage crops through ruminant livestock (beef, sheep, bison and dairy). SDSU leads this collaborative program with, Montana State University, North Dakota State University, and the University of Wyoming. The objective of the program is to add value to grain and forage crops through ruminant livestock through the expansion of ruminant livestock production.

SDSU Crop Integration and Production
$400,000 to continue research integrating pulse crops and other emerging opportunities into regional production systems in order to diversify agriculture and improve economic options for producers. SDSU leads this cooperative program with North Dakota and Nebraska.

SDSU Seed Technology Center
$350,000 for the SDSU Seed Technology Center, which conducts research, training and the development of seed technologies to support the safe delivery of new seed traits to producers. Seed will be the means for the continued specialization of crops with traits that enhance the value of crops and the profitability of producers.

Senator Thune is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. The FY2010 Agriculture Appropriations bill will now be reconciled with the bill passed earlier this year by the House of Representatives.