The new position will cost
"The bottom line is that we're very appreciative of this partnership we have with the
The partnership includes Limgrain Cereal Seeds, a private company that also is contributing to research goals at the university. Foltz said other agriculture colleges across the country "are looking to us for leadership on how it's working."
The new position will expand college wheat variety development efforts into the realm of bioinformatics and computational biology. Foltz said wheat research is expected to expand "in quantum leaps."
"We're looking at the challenges facing the wheat industry," Anderson said. "The time requirements to be able to do these things is not what it was 10 years ago. We've got to move much, much faster in order to be competitive. And these biotechnology tools ... will allow our programs to develop traits and allow them to get into varieties farmers can plant in a much more timely basis."
Anderson said it's unusual for a commodity commission to pay salaries for tenured faculty at a college.
But the wheat commission, he said, "cannot wait for the time when there are enough appropriated dollars coming in to be able to fill this position. We don't have that kind of time, so our goal is, we'll step outside the box and we'll provide this funding and give the college time enough to go into the appropriation process."
"I'm really thankful that we have this public/private partnership and it's certainly important to the
"Even though I sometimes see some political favor toward other universities, I continue to see consistent support for the university ag program because they recognize what a fabulous job they're doing up here," she said. "And as our budget increases, I believe we can see more and more funding coming for these type of projects."
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