US Senate OKs $6.27 million for Ill. ag projects

Associated Press
July 16, 2010
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin's office says the Senate has approved $6.27 million to spend on agriculture-related projects in Illinois.

According to a news release from Durbin's office the money includes $3.5 million for the Biotechnology Research Development Center Peoria. That money is intended to pay for research on crop yields, livestock productivity and veterinary medicine.

Also included in the Senate appropriation is $500,000 for a University of Illinois center that focuses on biological and chemical threats to public health and $617,000 for the schools Plant Breeding Center.

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources will get $1.13 million for wildlife management, habitat restoration and invasive species control.