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While Food Inspection Suffers, USDA Awards $60 Million For Study Of Climate Change On Farmers

The Federal government will borrow 45 cents of every dollar it spends this year. This story is another example of the obvious frugality that accompanies each and every important budgeting decision reached in Washington.  They steal trillions from future generations, and think nothing of spending their stolen loot on pet research projects with the appropriate political backing.  

Thou shalt not fight the ethanol lobby.

And if we're not mistaken, it was Iowa State University who produced research last decade (at a cost to taxpayers of $5 million, no less) that assured Congress that ethanol subsidies would have no effect on food prices.


Sociological Study Funded by USDA

Source - Des Moines Register

The project’s goal is to find out how various cropping methods affect greenhouse gas emissions or aid farmers in adapting to climate change and to evaluate farmers’ willingness to adopt new cropping systems.

Lois Wright Morton, a rural sociologist associated with Iowa State’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, will lead a team of researchers from 10 universities in nine Midwest states and two U.S. Agriculture Department research stations in Ohio. The team will include agronomists, plant and soil scientists, greenhouse gas specialists, economists, ecologists, agricultural engineers and sociologists. Twenty of the researchers will be from Iowa State.

The project is one of three multistate research programs related to climate change that the USDA said Friday it would fund, each with a $20 million grant. The other projects will focus on forestry in the Southeast and wheat production in the Pacific Northwest.

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