Jul 17 2001


Appropriations Committee Aproves Funding

U.S. Senator Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced the committee's approval of funding for Alabama projects.

Sen. Shelby said, "I believe this Appropriations bill goes a long way toward helping our country's farmers, and Alabama's farmers, by funding advanced research methods with the ultimate goal of eliminating devastating diseases and increasing agricultural productivity levels."

Catfish Disease Research
Senator Shelby was able to secure continued funding for aquaculture and fish disease research to be conducted at the Agricultural Research Service facilities located at Auburn University. This bill includes $500,000 in funding for the project which will provide greatly needed scientific research for the development of safe and effective vaccines for the prevention of diseases in catfish to increase productivity, fish efficiency, and reproduction.

Senator Shelby said, "I am pleased that the Committee provided this funding for catfish disease research. Vaccinations appear to be the best means of preventing disease in most animals and we are hopeful that the same will be true for catfish."

Satsuma Mandarin Orange Research
Sen. Shelby said, "This legislation includes $500,000 in funding which will allow Auburn University to continue their important research to increase Satsuma Mandarin Orange production in the United States. Auburn University's program is targeted towards developing early warning systems to protect plants from frost, to develop crop protection, and to create new genetic strains. It is my hope this research will help to revive the Satsuma industry that once thrived in the Gulf Coast states."

Precision Agricultural Partnership
Sen. Shelby said, "This bill includes $600,000 for the Precision Agricultural Partnership, which conducts research to increase agricultural yields and profitability. This project uses technologies such as remote sensing, geographic information systems and global positioning systems to aid traditional farming methods."

Tri-State Peanut Joint Research
Sen. Shelby said, "This bill includes $750,000 for Tri-State Peanut Joint Research. These funds will allow continued research into several factors affecting the peanut industry including pests, soil quality, water quality, nutrients, and overall production environments. The goal is to increase yields with crop rotations and conservation."

Alabama Gulf Coast Water Quality and Conservation Initiative
Sen. Shelby said, "This bill includes $400,000 to allow the Natural Resources Conservation Service to work with private land owners to ensure the continued safety, high quality, and conservation of Gulf Coast Water systems."

USDA-ARS National Soil Dynamics Laboratory
Sen. Shelby said, "This bill includes $1,500,000 in additional funding for research activities, including studies in soil hydrology, weed ecology, and soil physics to be conducted at the ARS Soil Dynamics Laboratory at Auburn, Alabama. The drought of 2000 resulted in $329 million in losses to Alabama's row crop producers who typically contribute more than $700 million to the State's economy. It is imperative that we investigate ways to reduce drought related risks and find ways to address them in an effort to increase production and producer's profitability."

United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Detection Program
Sen. Shelby said, "This bill includes $620,000 in funding for Auburn University's ongoing research to ensure consumer access to safe food supplies."

Central Alabama/Birmingham Water Quality Conservation Initiative
Sen. Shelby said, "This bill includes $300,000 in funding for concentrated and coordinated conservation efforts to protect water quality. This initiative will also focus on wise use and treatment of land."