Research, education and outreach in animal genomics will receive $11 million in grants to 15 states according to UDSA Secretary Tom Vilsack. The science of animal genomics seeks to enhance the protection and safety of agriculture and the food supply.
It is hoped that application of this research will reduce the number and severity of animal disease and reduce antibiotic use, USDA said in a news release announcing the grants.
"President Obama understands that to remain globally competitive in the livestock business and to continue to produce safe, nutritious products from livestock requires the application of cutting-edge genetics and breeding programs," Vilsack said. "Investing in good basic and applied research will help pinpoint genetic differences that result in superior animal products of the best quality for the consumer."