NTF Requests Funding for Research Positions

For Fiscal Year 2006, (FY06), the National Turfgrass Federation (NTF) has again requested funding for twelve turfgrass research positions with the USDA, ARS. This funding is for critical research outlined in the National Turfgrass Research Initiative. To obtain the funding, NTF has filed formal statements with the Senate and House Agriculture Appropriations subcommittees. In addition, NTF and members of the turfgrass industry have contacted senators and House members asking for their support. Also, the turfgrass industry has requested restoration of the $760,613 in ARS turfgrass research funding not in the Presidentís proposed FY06 budget (see list of funding and projects below). For more information on the funding requests and the Turfgrass Research Initiative in general, visit www.turfresearch.org/initiative.htm.

Following is the funding provided by Congress in the current ARS budget, fiscal year 2005. These dollars are for critical basic research needed by the turfgrass industry. The breakdown of the funding is as follows:

  • $485,613 - restored funding for the current research position at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C. (was about $490,000 - all programs were cut by 0.8%)
  • $150,000 - new funding for turfgrass research at Beaver, W.V.
  • $125,000 - new funding for turfgrass research at Logan, Utah.

The Logan, UT location will conduct research within Component I (Improvement of Water Management Strategies and Practices) and Component II (Collection, Enhancement and Preservation of Turfgrass Germplasm) of NTRI. Turfgrass research at Beaver, W.V. will fall under Component V (Enhancement of Soil and Soil Management Practices) of NTRI. The turfgrass industry is working with ARS in determining the research priorities at each location.

Please contact your senators and congresspersons asking for their support of USDA, ARS turfgrass research funding and the National Turfgrass Research Initiative.

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