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AS ISA PULLS FUNDING, RESEARCHERS STRUGGLE – ISA’s recent shift away from using checkoff dollars to fund university research and focus more on other priorities is leaving researchers with big funding gaps to fill – and a hole in plant research tailored to Illinois growers. “It wouldn’t take a lot of effort to reestablish an effective relationship [with universities], if the ISA would just open a Request for Applications, and put a small amount of money to support a few programs a year,” said Nathan Kleczewski, a field crop pathologist at the U of I. “But shutting everything off is not good for our growers or for the state.” (Herald & Review)

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