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Congress' Spending Bill Funds Ag Programs at Levels Higher Than FY13

Agriculture programs see a $350 million boost in funding for fiscal year 2014

Published on: Jan 15, 2014

Chief negotiators on the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill reached an agreement late Monday night, unveiling language that would fund the government until Sept. 30.

Under the bill, which both the House and the Senate are expected to consider later this week, FY 2014 discretionary spending for agriculture is just under $20.9 million – $350 million more than enacted for FY13.

The funding will cover food and nutrition programs, the Food Safety and Inspection Service and agricultural research, among other things. It also includes funding for the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.

According to a summary provided by the House Appropriations Committee, the funding still cuts back lower-priority programs and rescinds unused funds. Specific appropriations include:

Agriculture programs see a $350 million boost in funding for fiscal year 2014
Agriculture programs see a $350 million boost in funding for fiscal year 2014

Agricultural Research. The bill provides $2.6 billion for agriculture research programs, including the Agricultural Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The bill also "maintains responsible investments in the nation’s land-grant colleges and universities," the summary notes.

Farm Service Agency & Rural Development. FSA gets $1.5 billion and $5.5 billion for loan authorizations; RD programs will receive $180 million more than in FY13, at $2.4 billion.

Animal and Plant Health. The legislation includes $821.7 million for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. APHIS also gets an extra $20 million to fight citrus greening.

Food Safety and Inspection. FSIS gets $1 billion, down by more than $19 billion when compared to last year. Funding will maintain inspection personnel at more than 6,200 U.S. processing facilities.