Modest funding cut for FARAD in 2011


Washington - The Food Animal Avoidance Databank (FARAD) took a tiny funding cut this year.

WASHINGTON — The Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD) took a small funding cut this year. The budget for the $998,000 program dropped just $2,000—a far cry from a 2007 budget cycle that forced the veterinary program to suspend services due to a budget impasse. The 29-year-old, USDA-sponsored program operates out of the veterinary colleges at North Carolina State University, the University of California-Davis and the University of Florida.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says its Governmental Relations Division will continue to press Congress to fund FARAD. The association says early indicators show $1 million in appropriations for the program in 2012.

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