U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today announced $150,000 for North Dakota State University (NDSU) to support the research of how the development of lean body mass in dairy and beef cattle can have lifelong impacts on the health of the animal and how it can contribute to the productivity of the milk and meat of the animal.
“Furthering research and how it can be applied to practical uses on farms and ranches could lead to an increase in food production and support our state’s agriculture industry,” said Heitkamp. “Every time I meet with farmers and ranchers, whether that is back home in North Dakota or in Washington, we always discuss why it is important to continue funding research and development in agriculture in the next Farm Bill. The federal funding announced today is just another example of why this support is important and it reinforces how great universities like NDSU can continue research on how we can better raise cattle.”
Recently, Heitkamp met with the North Dakota Farm Credit Council where they discussed the importance of how the next Farm Bill needs to support important programs like crop insurance, but also support for research and development that will have important impacts well into the future.
This research program based out of NDSU is titled a “The Impact of Supplemental Leucine to Neonatal Calves on Nitrogen Balance and Metabolic Signaling Associated with Protein Accretion” and is funded though the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The federal funding is authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill that Senator Heitkamp helped write, negotiate, and pass and going forward into the next Farm Bill Heitkamp will work to make sure agriculture research funding is protected.