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The Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (“Act”) is a U.S. federal legislation signed into law on June 23, 1998. The Act reformed, reauthorized, and revised certain federally supported agricultural research, education, and extension programs from June 1998 through May 2002. This Act amended the Hatch Act of 1887, the Smith Lever Act of 1914, and sections 1444 and 1445 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1979.
The Act introduced new accountability measures for recipients of federal research funds. Additionally, it launched a new competitive research grant program called the Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems, and authorized mandatory funds for the initiative.