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Ag Secretary Vilsack visits Cornell, announces $200M research investment

Ag Secretary Vilsack visits Cornell, announces $200M research investment

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The nation’s top agriculture official was at Cornell Tuesday, talking up a new program designed to bring agriculture research into the 21st century.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack says they’re creating a Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research. A 15-member board has been appointed for the foundation, and that board includes Cornell Ag and Life Sciences Dean Kathryn Boor.

Vilsack says the board will have a wide range of topics to tackle, from food safety and nutrition. to climate change.

“Every year, new businesses are formed,” Vilsack said, while talking about the agriculture industry. “Cornell’s got an incubator system here that creates new opportunities. There’s a lot of innovation going on here, but there’s a lot more that could be done, and the more we know, the more we’ll be able to innovate.”

Congress signed off on $200 million in funding for the board to direct to research projects, but the money must be matched, dollar for dollar, by non-federal funds.

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