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Lynn L. Bergeson
Managing Director
Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Abstract:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced on April 27, 2015, that it awarded more than $3.8 million in grants "focused on using nanotechnology to find solutions to societal challenges such as food security, nutrition, food safety, and environmental protection."

April 28th, 2015

USDA Announces $3.8 Million Awarded in Grants for Nano Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced on April 27, 2015, that it awarded more than $3.8 million in grants "focused on using nanotechnology to find solutions to societal challenges such as food security, nutrition, food safety, and environmental protection." See http://nifa.usda.gov/press-release/usda-awards-38-million-grants-nanotechnology-research The grants were made through NIFA's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. According to USDA's press release, past projects include a Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute venture that led to the development of a new nanotechnology that could prevent bacteria from sticking to medical equipment and food processing machinery, and a Harvard School of Public Health project investigating the effectiveness of a chemical-free, nanotechnology-based method for the inactivation of pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms on the surface of fruits and vegetables. The press release lists the following fiscal year 2014 projects:

- The University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, $496,192;

- University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, $496,180;

- University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, Kentucky, $450,000;

- University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, $444,200;

- North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, $149,714;

- Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, $450,000;

- Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, $447,788;

- West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia, $496,168; and

- University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, $450,100.

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