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Ag Research Programs Hit By Expenses to Close Labs

Last updated on March 21, 2012

Agricultural research projects around the country will feel the spill-over effects of scheduled lab closings as USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) cuts from other projects the $40 million needed to move personnel and unwind real estate commitments.

The fiscal year 2012 federal budget, finalized by Congress in November, mandated that ARS close 12 labs, including nine research locations and three units within a larger research station. A similar proposal had been made by the Obama Administration in its FY2012 budget.

Shutting facilities down and moving the 300 or so affected employees, however, comes with a cost – about $40 million, university researchers learned this week as they were informed their own budgets would be cut to make up the difference.