Monday, March 28, 2011

Roger Beachy, NIFA Director

WASHINGTON, March 28, 2011 – USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), today announced a grant to Virginia Tech to address global food security concerns though improved soybean production.

“Agriculture faces a serious challenge as it strives to produce food for a global population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050,” said ROGER BEACHY, NIFA director. “Today soybeans are the largest source of protein and the second largest source of vegetable oil in the world, so improving soybean production has important implications for food security. NIFA is working to increase food production while minimizing losses from disease, harvest, transport and storage.”

NIFA awarded the $9.2 million grant to Dr. Brett Tyler and scientists at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Click for complete article in "Newsroom" Media Contact: Jennifer Martin, (202) 720-8188 Picture Credit