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Prakash at ACD.TUSK.EDU Prakash at ACD.TUSK.EDU
Fri Nov 3 11:52:13 EST 1995

>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
>>agricultural research.
>>Dear Senator:
>>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.
>>(Your name)
>>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

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