Pests and Diseases, Research

US: Senator pitches for Cornell potato research lab funding

Sen. Charles Schumer is looking out for spuds. On Thursday, the New York Democrat sent a letter to USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack asking that the federal agency prioritize money in its 2016 budget to replace and modernize a 78-year-old nematode research facility at Cornell University. “It is critical that this severely dilapidated facility be replaced as soon as possible; otherwise, (Agriculture Research Services) will not be able to adequately respond to the potential devastation that the Golden Nematode and Pale Cyst Nematode will cause to the national potato industry,” Schumer wrote in the letter to Vilsack. More

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