6/27 Briefing: R&D in Cellular Agriculture

One of the newest developments in agriculture is cellular agriculture – growing food starting from cell cultures rather than from whole plants or animals. Meat grown this way, known as clean meat, cultured meat, or lab-grown meat, could have implications
for food safety, humane treatment of animals, and sustainability of food production.

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Become an Original Cosponsor of the AG RESEARCH Act

Agriculture plays a vital role in our economy. In 2015, agriculture and related industries contributed $992 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (5.5 percent total GDP) and provided 21 million jobs (11 percent of total U.S. employment).  However, when
it comes to schools of agriculture, recent reports have shed light on the critical infrastructure needs all across the nation. One study, supported by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and published by Sightlines, LLC in October
2015 estimated that the deferred maintenance backlog at schools of agriculture totaled $8.4 billion. Each year USDA provides over $1.5 billion in research funding to schools of agriculture. Despite investing in agricultural research and development, federal
funds have not recently been made available for infrastructure needs. According to the Sightlines study, 80 percent of schools of agriculture are making infrastructure investments below what is required to stabilize or reduce the maintenance backlog.
The AG RESEARCH Act deals with the problem of the deferred maintenance backlog in two ways. The bill establishes within the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) a 1- to-1 matching competitive grant to schools of agriculture for altering, modernizing,
renovating, or remodeling research facilities and equipment-with priority given to projects that are shovel-ready or incorporate renewable energy or energy/water-efficient technologies.
The bill also authorizes the use of Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds for maintenance of ARS research facilities-with priority given to the most critical projects as indicated in the ARS Capital Investment Strategy.
Join us in helping to improve the infrastructure of our schools of agriculture to insure that research done for one of the pivotal pillars of our economy remains viable, cutting-edge, and helpful. If you would like to join as a cosponsor or for more information,
please contact Dave Chun at Dave.Chun@mail.house.gov.
 

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Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus Briefing: Is a Universal Flu Vaccine Possible?

We want to draw your attention to an invitation you should have already received from the Coalition for the Life Sciences (CLS). On Wednesday, June 20th at 12:00 noon, CLS cordially invites you to attend a briefing entitled In
a Universal Flu Vaccine Possible? in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2043. The distinguished speaker will be James E. Crowe, Jr., MD, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Protect the Integrity of International Sports

We write to you today in defense of fair sport. The proliferation of illegal performance-enhancing drugs (“PEDs”) in sports damages the integrity of competition and defrauds individuals and corporate entities who participate in sporting competitions, including
clean U.S. athletes, U.S. corporate sponsors and companies, and banking institutions. 

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Deadline COB Tues – Letter to NSF on addressing sexual harassment

I am writing to invite you to join me in sending a letter to the National Science Foundation urging them to implement their proposed reforms regarding sexual harassment. As you may be aware, the National Academies released a report this week that comprehensively
evaluated the prevalence and prevention of sexual harassment in academic science, engineering, and medicine. (For more information: The Hill, Washington
Post)

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6/27 Briefing: R&D in Cellular Agriculture

One of the newest developments in agriculture is cellular agriculture – growing food starting from cell cultures rather than from whole plants or animals. Meat grown this way, known as clean meat, cultured meat, or lab-grown meat, could have implications
for food safety, humane treatment of animals, and sustainability of food production.

Read More

Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus Briefing: Is a Universal Flu Vaccine Possible?

We want to draw your attention to an invitation you should have already received from the Coalition for the Life Sciences (CLS). On Wednesday, June 20th at 12:00 noon, CLS cordially invites you to attend a briefing entitled In
a Universal Flu Vaccine Possible? in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2043. The distinguished speaker will be James E. Crowe, Jr., MD, from Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Briefing Next Week: R&D in Cellular Agriculture

One of the newest developments in agriculture is cellular agriculture – growing food starting from cell cultures rather than from whole plants or animals. Meat grown this way, known as clean meat, cultured meat, or lab-grown meat, could have implications
for food safety, humane treatment of animals, and sustainability of food production.

Read More