Statement from the Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, on Fiscal Year 2017 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Budget Proposal
Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, today made the following statement on the proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Budget Proposal:
“The National Institute of Food and Agriculture applauds President Obama’s bold proposal to increase funding for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) in his FY2017 budget proposal.
“The President’s request for $700 million for AFRI is the full funding level Congress intended when they passed the 2008 Farm Bill and re-authorized it again in 2014. In addition to the $375 million provided in the FY 2017 discretionary request, the President is requesting legislative action to make available $325 million in mandatory funding for the program as part of a government-wide investment in research and development to increase agricultural productivity."