Capito and Manchin Announce Funding for Agricultural Research Project at WVU

WASHINGTON DC — U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (RW.Va.) and Joe Manchin (DW.Va.), both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced $817,167 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). ) at West Virginia University (WVU). This funding will support research on the influence of microbiomes on the productivity, health, drought tolerance and reproductive capacity of bioenergy crops.

“This research project will help WVU students and faculty better understand what influences the performance and health of biofuel plants in Appalachia, as well as the potential for growing these crops on reclaimed mining land. It is great to see WVU using its research capacity for initiatives that can potentially benefit our state, and I look forward to seeing the results of this project,” Senator Capito said.

“West Virginia farmers, ranchers and rural developers play a vital role in our state’s economy and provide nutritious, locally grown food to West Virginians across the state. I am pleased that the USDA is investing in microbiome research at WVU to ensure that future generations have productive and sustainable farming systems,” said Senator Manchin. “I look forward to seeing the positive impacts of this investment and as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to advocate for funding that supports West Virginia’s agriculture industry.”

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Lana T. Arthur