>Date: 03 Nov 1995 08:44:02 -0500
>From: sbr1 at ra.msstate.edu (Sonny Ramaswamy)
>To: sbr1 at ra.msstate.edu>X-Sender: sbr1 at smtp.msstate.edu>>I am appending a notice about an upcoming legislative bill in Congress for
>research support. I would appreciate your doing the needful and passing
>this information on to colleagues. Thanks.
>>>The House and Senate Conferees considering budget reconciliation
>>legislation (H.R. 2491) have the opportunity to approve provisions for a
>>new program called the Agricultural Competitiveness Initiative (ACI).
>>The ACI would make available between $30 million and $500 million a year
>>in new dollars for competitive research. Commodity price supports would
>>be a potential source of the competitive research funds.
>>>>Key conferees Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) and Congressman Pat Roberts
>>(R-KS) have made clear their support for an increase in
>>competitive agricultural research. Your help is needed to support the
>>proposal for the ACI and to explain the need to support a continuum of
>>research including basic and applied studies.
>>>>Following are the agriculture conferees for the budget reconciliation
>>legislation who will decide whether to create the ACI:
>>>>Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN)
>>Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS)
>>Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC)
>>Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS)
>>Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID)
>>Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
>>Sen. David Pryor (D-AR)
>>Congressman Pat Roberts (R-KS)
>>Congressman Steve Gunderson (R-WI)
>>Congressman Bill Emerson (R-MO)
>>Congressman Kika de la Garza (D-TX)
>>>>If you live in the state of any of these Senators or are in the state or
>>district of these Congressmen listed above, please write, or even better,
>>call their offices to encourage support for the ACI. If you live outside
>>the states and districts listed above, please contact your members of
>>Congress and ask them to urge the conferees to support the Agricultural
>>Competitiveness Initiative in the Budget Reconciliation Conference
>>Report. Letters to Senators should be addressed to Senator , U.S.
>>Senate, Washington, DC 20510. Letters to Congressmen should be addressed
>>to Congressman , U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC
>>20515. Calls to members of Congress can be placed through the Capitol
>>Switchboard at 202-224-3121. When the switchboard operator connects you to
>>your congressional office, ask to talk to the staff person who handles
>>agriculture legislation. Ask to leave a message on their voice mail if
>>the staff you are trying to reach are not currently available.
>>>>Please act soon. Conferees were recently appointed and a conference
>>report could be completed shortly. Following is a sample letter for your
>>use. Variations to this sample letter to show the personal nature of the
>>letter or call are encouraged. Please urge your colleagues to also
>>contact your members of Congress. This is one of the rare opportunities
>>to support a new, additional source of funding for needed competitive
>>>>Competitive research grants awarded for the best research proposals in
>>the nation as determined by peer review panels are vital to the survival
>>of the agricultural sector in the U.S.
>>>>The Agricultural Competitiveness Initiative (ACI) supported by Senate
>>Agriculture Committee Chairman Richard Lugar and also favored by House
>>Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts offers the opportunity to
>>provide the nation with additional needed funds for competitive
>>research. An effective research base for any nation requires support for
>>the continuum of research including basic and applied research.
>>>>Farmers in the U.S. often face disadvantages in the new global trade
>>environment with regard to two major fixed expenses -- land and labor.
>>The key advantages U.S. farmers must continue to have to succeed are the
>>superior crops and farming practices made available through the nation's
>>world-leading basic and applied agricultural research. Please include
>>support for the Agricultural Competitiveness Initiative in the Budget
>>Reconciliation (H.R. 2491) Conference Report to keep America's farmers
>>competitive and America's food supply secure.
>>>>Please send ASPP Public Affairs Director Brian Hyps bhyps at aspp.org>>a note on any contact you make concerning this alert. This information
>>helps us in working with congressional staff.
C. S. Prakash Prakash at Acd.Tusk.Edu
Tuskegee University Phone (334) 727 8023
School of Agriculture Fax (334) 727 8552
Tuskegee, AL 36088-1641