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Valley research center may receive $599,000

The Tennessee Valley Research Center in Belle Mina could receive $599,000 for its precision agriculture program, Reps. Bud Cramer, D-Huntsville, and Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, said Tuesday.

The funding is part of the fiscal 2007 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, which has passed the House Appropriations Committee.

The bill provides $18.4 billion for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and programs supporting farmers, ranchers and rural America, Cramer said in a statement.

"The precision agriculture programs being conducted in Belle Mina and on farms across North Alabama are leading the way for farmers to increase production, lower costs and produce a more consistent crop from year to year," said Cramer, a member of the committee.

The bill also includes $2.73 million for research programs in Auburn, according to a statement released by Aderholt's office.

The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.

— Franklin Harris

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