Peoria’s Ag Lab will stay open.
Funding for the Peoria Agriculture Research Lab is included in an agriculture appropriations bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee.
The Ag Lab was proposed to be closed under President’s Trump’s budget.
U.S. Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-17) and Darn LaHood (R-18) had written a letter to the committee chairman and ranking members asking that federal funding be maintained for the Peoria Ag Lab.
“Fighting to grow our agricultural economy is one of my top priorities in Congress, and I’m proud to work across the aisle with Congressman LaHood and with local advocates to save federal funding for Peoria’s Agriculture Research Lab,” Bustos said. “For decades, this lab has kept Peoria at the center of innovation in our agricultural economy – they’ve developed technology that has benefitted our troops, our farmers and American consumers every single day. While our work is far from over, I’ll continue fighting to protect this lab from closure under President Trump’s budget.”
“Our community’s advocacy has truly paid off today, with the agriculture appropriations bill containing full funding for the Peoria ag lab,” LaHood said. “The USDA Research Lab in Peoria has accomplished incredible work over the years, which is why it was so critical that it receive the federal funding it needs to continue its work. I applaud the work of my colleagues on the House Appropriations Committee for including full funding for the Peoria ag lab and will continue to work alongside my colleague Rep. Bustos to ensure that this funding is maintained as Congress continues the appropriations process.”