Bison research funded

Feb 20, 2012
by WLJ

—Offers donation to National Buffalo Foundation as challenge grant.

The Montana Bison Association last month announced a $10,000 challenge grant to the National Buffalo Foundation as a step in promoting new research into issues affecting the health of bison herds across the country.

The challenge grant was announced Jan. 20 at the annual meeting of the National Bison Association in Denver.

In announcing the grant, Montana Bison Association President Andrew Bardwell said, “As more ranchers build their herds in response to the rising consumer demand for bison meat, we want to be proactive in supporting research to make sure that we protect the health of our bison. We hope this grant will spur other individuals and organizations to support this type of research as well.”

The Montana Bison Association contribution was made in the form of a matching challenge grant. Those funds will match any other contributions made to the National Buffalo Foundation on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Dave Carter, executive director of the National Bison Association, welcomed the Montana contribution, saying, “Bison herd health issues have traditionally not been a funding priority for the USDA, or for traditional research institutions. That’s why we know that we must take some steps to make sure we have the resources necessary for research to protect the health of our herds.”

The National Bison Association is a non-profit membership organization that represents more than 1,000 ranchers, processors and marketers across the country. The National Buffalo Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation that supports educational and research activities on behalf of the industry. The association and foundation work together on projects to benefit the bison business.

More information on the National Bison Association and the National Buffalo Foundation is available at — WLJ