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NIFA Invests $16.2 Million in Innovative Plant Breeding Research (AFRI A1141)

Agriculture of the future will be enabled by genome design, innovative breeding methods, data analysis and knowledge of molecular and biological processes. Breeding crops for the future will require new traits, breeding platforms built for quick transfer of traits to elite cultivars, coordination of breeding efforts in public and private domains, and training for current and future plant breeders and researchers. The Plant Breeding for Agricultural Production program area priority in the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative supports these goals by providing funding for fundamental, innovative breeding research across a wide variety of agronomic crops, specialty crops, wild relatives and timber species relevant to U.S. agriculture.

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