2019 Farm Bill to support interagency grants for translational research using agricultural animals
On Dec. 11, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed the 2019 Farm Bill, which allocates $867 billion to agriculture and food-related programs.
Included in the Farm Bill is language supporting the Dual Purpose with Dual Benefit grants program, funded by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the USDA. This interagency program supports research in biomedicine and agriculture that uses agriculture animal species as models. The species include cattle, swine, sheep, goats, poultry, horses and aquatic species. The goal is to advance understanding of human and animal health at the same time.
According to the Committee on Appropriations, “The Committee strongly urges continuation of this partnership because it sponsors use of farm animals as dual purpose models to better understand developmental origins of disease, fat regulation and obesity, stem cell biology, assisted reproductive technologies, and infectious disease, which directly benefits both agriculture and biomedicine.”
The Dual Purpose with Dual Benefit program began in 2010. Researchers supported by the program have already shed light on crucial health issues, such as:
- The regulation of Salmonella virulence
- Dual-use therapeutics to treat parasitic worm infections
- Generation of influenza-resistant pigs
- The use of leucine supplementation to promote healthy growth in early life
- Maternal malnutrition and pregnancy loss
- Stress-induced gastrointestinal disease
For more information on the program, go to: https://www.nichd.nih.gov/research/supported/dp-db#topic