Source: Capital Press

When Congress voted to remove earmarks in its budget reconciliation bill, it also eliminated $87 million for agricultural research projects across the nation, researchers say.

The continuing resolution signed by President Barack Obama eliminated money for every agricultural special research grant, said Bill Schillinger, coordinator of Washington State University's Columbia Plateau PM10 Project.

That includes $268,000 for his project, which is designed to help farmers address wind erosion problems unique to the region. PM10 stands for particulate matter — dust — up to 10 micrometers in diameter. 

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