The University of Illinois’ Ag school is receiving a 25-Million dollar grant to help improve soybean yields in five African countries.
The school’s ag economist Peter Goldsmith will lead a consortium of universities and other groups in the research. He has spent more than a decade conducting research in similar latitudes in South America to increase soybean production. The group will conduct its research in the sub-Saharan African countries of Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, and Ethiopia to develop high-yielding soybean varieties that can adapt to low-latitude environments.
Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, who has secured more than five-Million dollars for soybean research at the University of Illinois, announced the grant Friday which will be administered by U-S-A-I-D (the U.S. Agency for International Development).
Two researchers with the University of Missouri will head up the economic and grain quality research areas.
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