S.2964 - Seeds for the Future Act115th Congress (2017-2018) |
|Sponsor:||Sen. Baldwin, Tammy [D-WI] (Introduced 05/24/2018)|
|Committees:||Senate - Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 05/24/2018 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.2964 — 115th Congress (2017-2018)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (05/24/2018)
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.