Public universities group honors Sen. Kohl for efforts to boost ag research funding

The Association of Public and Land Grant Universities has awarded Herb Kohl, Wisconsin’s senior U.S. Senator, its Congressional Workhorse Award for his work on behalf of agricultural research.

As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, Kohl fought to include $2.838 billion for USDA research agencies in the conference report of this year’s agriculture appropriations bill. This is an increase of nearly $198 million above the fiscal year 2009 level. Under this plan the nation’s primary agricultural research agencies, the Agricultural Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, receive $1.251 billion and $1.343 billion respectively.