Science Policy News

Science Policy News

Read about ASPB members in the news and other items of interest for the plant biology community on our Policy Blog. The blog features news and information before they hit the pages of the ASPB Newsletter. It also provides an opportunity for you to engage in dialogue on policy developments affecting the plant biology community.

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Recent Science Policy News

  • ASPB Statement on Trump’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal
    On May 23, 2017, the White House released its fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request whereby it proposed to slash funding for federal agencies that support plant science research and education.  If enacted, President Trump’s FY 2018 budget would have a catastrophic impact on plant science and the broader U.S. ... Read More >
    May 25 2017
  • Tell Congress To Support Plant Science Funding By Passing FY 2017 Omnibus
    This week, House and Senate congressional leaders reached an agreement on a fiscal year (FY) 2017 omnibus appropriations bill.  This bill will fund the entire federal government through the remainder of FY 2017. Despite White House FY 2018 proposals to cut funding for many science agencies, Congress has decided instead ... Read More >
    May 3 2017
  • Sonny Perdue Confirmed as Agriculture Secretary
    Last evening, the Senate voted 87-11 to confirm Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture.  Despite being one of the last cabinet nominees named, Perdue experienced a relatively easy confirmation process with considerable bipartisan support.  Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) used floor debate prior to the vote to ... Read More >
    Apr 25 2017
  • March for Science – the next steps
    Over the weekend thousands of scientists and supporters of science across the world took part in March for Science events from Washington, DC to Sydney, Australia. (Please see community statement, which ASPB joined, applauding the March for Science.)  Plant scientists and ASPB staff marched in support of the countless contributions ... Read More >
    Apr 24 2017
  • March for Science – Washington DC meet up information
    Are you planning to join us for the March for Science in Washington, DC this Saturday? We have designated 2 meet up locations and times. One at 9 AM and another one at 1:30 PM. If you plan to meet us, please look for our ASPB banner! ASPB timeline for Saturday, April ... Read More >
    Apr 20 2017


Please send any news, comments, or suggestions to Tyrone Spady, Director of Legislative and Public Affairs, at or 301-637-2750 x121.