Federal funding will support new plant research facility and other programs at CALS – CALS News

Several University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) programs will benefit from the $1.5 billion federal appropriations bill recently passed by Congress and signed by President Biden.

The spending package includes $39.7 million for the USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS) to build a new plant germplasm facility that will be used jointly by scientists from the Crops Research Unit USDA ARS vegetable scientists and UW-Madison plant scientists. The new federal facility will be located on UW lands at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station and will replace the old Horticultural annex and Carrots and Beets Laboratory. The new building will expand the college’s partnership with USDA ARS, which already involves shared facilities such as the on-campus Dairy Forage Research Center and dairy research facilities at UW’s Marshfield Agricultural Research Station. .

A new plant research facility has been a top priority for the college for many years. In October 2019, several members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation and then USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue visited the existing facilities of the college with UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank and CALS Dean Kate VandenBosch.

UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean Kate VandenBosch pictured at Arlington Agricultural Research Station in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday, August 27, 2021. Photo by Michael P. King/UW–Madison CALS.

“We are very pleased that this new Federal Plant Germplasm Facility has been funded, as it will allow us to expand the important plant science research we are doing here,” says VandenBosch. “On behalf of the college, I want to express my sincere thanks to the members of Congress who supported the appropriations bill, and in particular Rep. Pocan and Senator Baldwin for their work on the farm appropriations subcommittees. “

The 50,000 square foot building is expected to include dry laboratory space, three greenhouses, seed storage facilities, dryers and milling facilities to accommodate the growing volume and diversity of plant breeding and genetics work carried out to improve the quality, productivity and other characteristics of crops. . As a federal building, planning and construction will be managed by the USDA.

Many other programs that support agricultural and life science research will receive increased or consistent funding through the new federal spending program. They understand:

  • $45 billion for the NIH ($2.25 billion increase from FY21)
  • $8.84 billion for NSF ($351 million increase from FY21)
  • $7.475 billion for the Department of Energy’s Office of Science ($449 million increase from FY21)
  • $12 million for CDC Centers of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases
  • $10 million to create a new Institute for Rural Partnerships in Wisconsin
  • $2 million for the USDA Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative ($1 million increase from FY21)
  • $25 million for the Dairy Business Innovation Initiative ($4.8 million increase)
  • $5 million for a fresh start for tribal students (level with FY 21)
  • $445 million for USDA AFRI ($10 million increase from FY21)
  • $260 million for Hatch Act Farm Experiment Station formula funding ($1 million increase from FY21)
  • $36 million for McIntire-Stennis Forest Formula Funding (FY21 level)
  • $320 million for Smith-Lever Extension Formula funding ($5 million increase from FY21)

Information for the media:
Contact: Heidi Zoerb, [email protected], (608) 262-4849
Photo by Kate VandenBosch: https://cop.kr/p/2mnBPda
Photo of the horticulture annex building: https://cop.kr/p/x2Pery
Photo of the Carrot and Beet Lab building: https://cop.kr/p/2eVnToL