URBANA- A big announcement at the U of
I Friday: they're getting 25 million dollars for soybean research.
That money is from a federal grant.
The university will lead a group of universities and organizations to
increase the food supply in Africa by improving soybean yields in
Senator Dick Durbin says he sees this
grant as a wise investment.
"I think we can justify using tax
dollars into something that continues to pay back for
That 25 million dollars will be
spread over the next five years. The countries it will benefit---are
Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi and Ethiopia.
It's officially named the "Feed
the Future Innovation Lab." It will provide research on,
soybean seeds, educate current and future breeders, define best
practices for production and seed management, and identify barriers,
especially for women.