Ames, ISU getting $8.23 million
The U.S. House of Representatives approved an appropriation bill late Monday that included more than $8.23 million in federal funding for a number of Ames and Iowa State University initiatives, according to a release from Iowa Congressman Tom Latham, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.|
The measure was part of a $515.7 billion omnibus spending package to fund the federal government for fiscal year 2008, which began on Oct. 1.
Before the funding in the bill can be enacted into law, it must be approved by the U.S. Senate and then signed by President Bush.
Local projects in the bill include:
* $2.8 million for the Forensic Science Testing and Evaluation Laboratory in Ames. The funds will be used by the lab to continue work in cutting-edge developments in analysis and evaluation techniques in forensics. The lab also conducts training in forensics for federal, state and local forensics personnel, and training in lab management for state and local labs.
* $611,000 for the Internet Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment, or ISEAGE. The funds for this ISU program will be used for a continuation of this cyber defense/security program, which has been funded in the past under various grant programs. The program simulates cyber attacks on a virtual internet for the purpose of researching computer system defense mechanisms.
* $170,000 for the Northeast Iowa Dairy Community-based Dairy Initiative. This project is a non-profit dairy education initiative that carries out research and education efforts to meet the needs of family dairy farms. It helps small dairy farm operations move into more efficient and specialized forms of dairy production.
* $345,000 for Bio-Tech Test Production. The funds will be used to develop plant-based technologies for protein-based products and lower-value oil-based products associated with biorefineries. The project also involves the improvement of corn lines with a goal of producing higher yields of corn.
* $442,000 for the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development. This initiative brings together government officials, domestic and international researchers and others to analyze U.S. agriculture policies and trade agreements. The center develops models to be used in the different analyses - such as for estimating the benefits of alternative biofuel policies.
* $1.2 million for the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute. This project makes baseline projections related to production, consumption and trade flows of major agricultural commodities in the United States and other countries. The institute uses the projections to estimate the impacts on agriculture prices, production consumption and government spending that affect the profitability of agriculture in the United States.
* $278,000 for the Bio-Safety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products. The goal of the project is to develop tools and methodologies for risk/benefit analyses of genetically modified plant and animal products. The project will provide strategies for mitigating the risks associated with different foods.
* $190,000 for Livestock Waste Management. This project is designed to address air quality as it affects the profitability of livestock producers and the quality of life of those who live around livestock production operations. The initiative monitors the air quality by studying downwind impacts from different livestock facilities, and evaluates cost-effective methods of reducing emissions and concentrations of odors.
* $628,000 for the Protein Utilization program. The goal of this program is to develop technologies that enhance bio-refineries, using soybeans as feedstock to produce products that will replace petroleum-derived fuels, industrial chemicals and materials.
* $506,000 for Midwest Poultry. The project provides a structure in which to facilitate multi-disciplinary research networks that enhance limited resources in poultry research in the Midwest and other areas of the United States.
Who gets the money
* $2.8 million for the Forensic Science Testing and Evaluation Laboratory in Ames.
* $1.2 million for the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute.
* $1,064,000 for the Food Safety Consortium.
* $628,000 for the Protein Utilization program.
* $611,000 for the Internet Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment, or ISEAGE.
* $506,000 for Midwest Poultry.
* $442,000 for the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development.
* $345,000 for Bio-Tech Test Production.
* $278,000 for the Bio-Safety Institute for Genetically Modified Agricultural Products.
* $190,000 for Livestock Waste Management.
* $170,000 for the Northeast Iowa Dairy Community-based Dairy Initiative.