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UW-Madison researchers get $10 million to study dairy farms & climate


MADISON (WKOW) -- UW-Madison has earned a nearly $10 million agriculture grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) over the next five years.

U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement Tuesday when he visited the USDA's Dairy Forage Research Center on campus. Researchers gave Vilsack a tour of the center to get a look at the work researchers are currently doing, and talked about the USDA's upcoming project.

The $9.9 million will fund research on how to improve dairy farm production, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by the year 2020.

Researchers will also study the impact changing weather patterns, like flooding and droughts, have on cattle and farms.

"To determine how to make [cattle] more resilient, to equip dairy producers with strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to make their operations more resilient," says Vilsack.

Vilsack says the project also works to improve ag education in public schools, to encourage young people to get involved.

Oklahoma State University is also getting $9.6 million as part of the project. They'll focus on finding ways to make cattle less vulnerable to weather changes.

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