Saturday, January 23, 2010

Steve Latourette: FY 2010 Appropriation Requests

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that we would be taking a close look at U.S. Rep. Steve Latourette's Appropriations requests.  Here we go!

Rep. Latourette's Appropriations requests are broken up into several types.  A full list can be found on his official website.

The first of of nine types of requests is for "Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies."  Rep. Latourette made only one request of this type.

Here it is:

Title: The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Studies 

Address: 100 N. Agricultural Administration Building 2120 Fyfe Road, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Amount: $200,000

Purpose: Funds will be used for the Center for Farmland Policy Innovation in carrying out its work with local communities to develop locally-driven farmland protection policy demonstrations. This project will continue to develop policies and initiatives throughout the State of Ohio, including the valuable nursery and farmland areas in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties. 

What the heck does a "Center for Farmland Policy Innovation do?" My knee jerk reaction is that this is ridiculous:  a waste of money.  From what I can tell this $200, 000 is going to fund an agricultural think tank.

Hypothetically, if Rep Latourette requested funds in this category of appropriation for a study on something useful, say,

1) research on the prevention of the emerald ashbore, an insect decimating ash trees in his Congressional District, or

2)research to figure out the best crop to be used for carbon sequestration (plants sucking up carbon dioxide) so it can be used for a biomass fuel, or

3)research to figure out what other crops can be grown in our climate, or get the drift.

Instead, Rep. Latourette spent $200, 000 on n agricultural think tank.

Oink Oink Oink!

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