Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-334)

Policy Details

Policy Details

Originating Entity
Last Action
Signed by President
Date of Last Action
Dec 20 2018
Congressional Session
115th Congress
Date Introduced
Apr 12 2018
Publication Date
Dec 12 2018

SciPol Summary

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-334) will, among several other measures, support research that leverages many fields surrounding crop and livestock genomic science. This will be done by amending the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 with a section known as the “Genome to Phenome Initiative.” Some of these goals include to:

  • Understand how variable environmental and production conditions impact growth and productivity of crops and livestock;
  • Support research that leads to a novel understanding of plant and animal processes that affect growth;
  • Combine fields such as genetics, genomics, animal physiology, meat science and animal nutrition to increase livestock yield;
  • Build on previous genomic research such as the Plant Genome Research Project and the National Animal Genome Research Program to further our understanding of gene function;
  • Allow resources developed under these new measures to be openly accessible to all persons; and
  • Encourage international partnerships in plant and animal research.
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