MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A federal spending bill that contains $2.4 million for U.S. Department of Agriculture-sponsored fruit research in Kearneysville, W.Va., has passed the Senate.
The fiscal year 2010 Department of Agriculture appropriations bill includes $2 million for the Agriculture Research Service's Appalachian Fruit Research Station (AFRS) in Kearneysville, Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., announced Wednesday in a news release.
Another $400,000 is included in the bill to support the hiring of a computer vision engineer/scientist and support staff for the station, according to the release.
The $2 million would pay for design completion and construction of an expansion to the laboratory and specialized research space at the station. The proposed expansion will incorporate new environmentally friendly fruit production technologies that would allow U.S. producers to remain competitive in global markets.