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USDA announces more than $10M in grants for Mich.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is announcing a total of more than $10 million in grants to Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.

Director Roger Beachy of the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced more than $5.5 million for food safety and bioenergy work at Michigan State University on Monday. He also announced $4.9 million for childhood obesity research at the University of Michigan.

The Michigan State University grants include $2.5 million to develop strategies to reduce the amount of E. coli released by cattle.

The USDA says Dr. Julie Lumeng of the University of Michigan will explore steps to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity among Head Start preschoolers in Michigan. Dawn Contreras of Michigan State University Extension also is involved in the project.

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