Efforts to secure funding for the federal Ag Lab in Peoria have cleared one hurdle. In a press release Peoria Congressman Darin LaHood says full funding to keep the Peoria Ag Lab open has been included in a House Appropriations Committee bill. Lahood, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth have all visited the Ag Lab recently to bring attention to the research conducted on behalf of farmers and the U.S. economy. There are 250 employees at the Peoria Ag Lab, the second largest facility outside of the Washington D.C. area.
"It's a big benefit to have the Ag Lab open. They've done a lot of research as far as diseases in crops as far as renewal fuels such as ethanol made from corn biodiesel made from soybeans," said Peoria Farm Bureau Director Patrick Kirchhofer.
The Peoria Ag Lab has been among the agencies targeted for closure under President Trump's budget proposal. Now the agriculture appropriations bill must go before the full house for a vote and then to the Senate