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November 19th, 2009
National Institute of Food and Agriculture replaces USDA-CSREES
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched the National Institute of Food and Agriculture as a replacement for the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack outlined his vision for NIFA at an Oct. 8 press conference, describing the retooled agency as the USDA's extramural research enterprise with the potential to "transform a field of science."
"Right now, I am convinced, is USDA's opportunity to work with the Congress, the other science agencies, and with our partners in industry, academia, and the nonprofit sector, to bring about transformative change," Vilsack said.
"We can build on recent scientific discoveries—incredible advances in sequencing plant and animal genomes, for example. We have new and powerful tools—biotechnology, nanotechnology, and large-scale computer simulations—applicable to all types of agriculture," he explained.
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