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Schumer Secures $3 Million For The Cornell Center For Health Based Crop Genomics At Cornell University

Funding Part of the FY 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

Federal Funding would be used for construction of the new USDA/ARS Center on Cornells Ithaca campus

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that over the weekend Congress passed $3 million in federal funding for construction of the Center for Health Based Crop Genomics at Cornell University. The funding was included in the Agriculture Appropriations section of the Fiscal Year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations bill. The bill now heads to the President for his signature.

"Improving science for our farmers is very important," said Schumer. "This funding will help build a new center for crop research and provide scientists at the University with the lab space and resources they need and help the Southern Tier to strengthen its position as one the premier centers for agriculture research in the country.

At the Center, researchers will focus on plants as a source of nutrients and health promoting compounds for humans and livestock.