Potato Research Rises to Historic Level in House FY25 Ag Approps Bill

Would be highest level in history if maintained in the final bill

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The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee marked up and passed by voice vote the FY25 Agriculture Appropriations Bill on Tuesday night. While the full report language will be made available closer to the full Committee markup scheduled for July 10, NPC has learned that the bill includes $4.5 million for NIFA potato breeding research. That total represents a $500K increase over current levels and would be the highest level in history if maintained in the full year bill.

“For more than 30 years, the National Potato Council and our state partners have worked with our allies in Congress to secure funding for NIFA’s Potato Research Special Grants,” said NPC CEO Kam Quarles. “The significant funding increase included in the FY25 bill will help support the future of the U.S. potato industry through the funding of competitive potato breeding projects across the country. NPC welcomes news of this additional funding and thanks the good work done by our grower leaders and state partners who have advocated for this additional funding.”

A summary of the bill can be found here, and bill text can be found here.