H.R.5208 - Seeds for the Future Act115th Congress (2017-2018)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Pocan, Mark [D-WI-2] (Introduced 03/07/2018)|
|Committees:||House - Agriculture|
|Latest Action:||House - 03/28/2018 Referred to the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.5208 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (03/07/2018)
Seeds for the Future Act
This bill amends the Competitive, Special, and Facilities Research Grant Act to require the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure that at least $50 million of USDA grant funding is used each year for competitive research grants that support the development of public cultivars.
A "cultivar" is a variety of plant that has been intentionally selected for use in cultivation because of its improved characteristics. A "public cultivar" is the commercially available uniform end product of a publicly funded breeding program that has been sufficiently tested to demonstrate improved characteristics and stable performance.
The bill also amends the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 to establish a public cultivar research activities coordinator within USDA to coordinate research activities relating to the breeding of public cultivars.