USDA funding helps UI AG projects

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ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Tuesday, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $200,000 in federal funding for agricultural research projects at the University of Illinois aimed at helping make crop and livestock production more efficient and sustainable.

The funding comes from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Exploratory Research Grants Program, which invests in projects focused on developing innovative solutions to emerging challenges in the agricultural field.

Two research projects will receive $100,000 each from the USDA: One focuses on reducing the greenhouse gas emissions from commonly used fertilizers; the other is working to develop a single, longer-lasting vaccine to help ensure healthier livestock and reduce costs by eliminating the need for regular vaccinations.

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