January 2, 2013 should be circled on your mental calendar. On this date, across-the-board budget cuts (“sequestration”; see Kellye’s “US Federal Budget Outlook” post for background information) will take place…unless Congress and the President take action. These cuts will generally not affect mandatory programs at first, so we can expect to see significant cuts to discretionary programs (e.g. research, education and extension funding). The cuts are expected to reduce federal support of science by 9% or more, which is estimated at more than $15 billion.
What can you do to minimize impacts on funding for agricultural science?
Encourage your Congressional representatives to avoid sequestration and pursue a comprehensive deficit reduction plan that sustains the scientific enterprise.
STUDENTS: APS has been made aware that student members of the American Physical Society have drafted a letter to Congressional leadership expressing concern about the future for scientists and engineers in America. Follow this link to view and sign the letter: http://go.aps.org/sequestration2012.
The good news is that there is still time for Congress to act. You have a say in the matter! Let your voice be heard!