Cornerstone Report from Washington

Vol. 9, No. 10 – June 1, 2011 (Revised)

 

House Appropriations Committee Reports FY 2012 Appropriations Bill

 

The House Appropriations Committee met late yesterday and endorsed the FY 2012 funding decisions made by the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee last week for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

 

Despite an intense behind-the-scenes effort approved by the Board on Agriculture Assembly’s Budget and Advocacy Committee to reallocate mandatory research funding and restore the key capacity programs to their FY 2011 levels, opposition from those impacted by the potential loss of mandatory funds and committee jurisdictional concerns led to no agreement being reached.

The table below contains the final House breakdown for all NIFA funding lines and incorporates a technical change to the amounts reported by the House Ag Appropriations Subcommittee.

 

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

House Committee Mark for FY 2012 Compared to Prior Years

           

(All $Millions)

               
   

FY 2011

 

FY 2012

 

FY 2012

 

Change from

Research and Education Activities

 

Enacted

 

President

 

House

 

FY 2011

Hatch Act

 

236.334

 

204.250

 

208.000

 

-28.334

McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry

 

32.934

 

27.550

 

30.000

 

-2.934

Evans-Allen Program (1890s Research)

 

50.898

 

48.500

 

48.000

 

-2.898

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

 

264.470

 

324.655

 

229.500

 

-34.970

Improved Pest Control

 

16.153

 

16.185

 

14.000

 

-2.153

Special Research Grants

 

2.838

 

1.837

 

1.250

 

-1.588

Animal Health and Disease (Sec. 1433)

 

2.944

 

0.000

 

4.000

 

1.056

1994 Institutions Research Program

 

1.801

 

1.805

 

0.000

 

-1.801

Joe Skeen Institute for Rangeland Restoration

 

0.981

 

0.983

 

0.000

 

-0.981

Graduate Fellowship Grants**

 

3.851

 

**

 

0.000

 

-3.851

Institution Challenge Grants**

 

5.643

 

**

 

0.000

 

-5.643

Multicultural Scholars Program

 

1.239

 

1.241

 

1.000

 

-0.239

Hispanic Education Partnership Grants

 

9.219

 

10.161

 

7.800

 

-1.419

Secondary/2-year Post Secondary

 

0.981

 

3.483

 

0.900

 

-0.081

Capacity Building Grants (1890 Institutions)

 

19.336

 

20.075

 

16.400

 

-2.936

Payments to the 1994 Institutions

 

3.335

 

3.676

 

2.800

 

-0.535

Native Alaska/Hawaiian-Serving Education Grants

 

3.194

 

3.200

 

2.700

 

-0.494

Resident Instruction Grants for Insular Areas

 

0.898

 

0.900

 

0.900

 

0.002

Distance Education Grants for Insular Areas

 

0.749

 

0.750

 

0.750

 

0.002

Farm Business Management and Benchmarking

 

1.497

 

0.000

 

0.000

 

-1.497

Sun Grant Program

 

2.246

 

0.000

 

0.000

 

-2.246

New Era Rural Technology Program

 

0.873

 

0.875

 

0.000

 

-0.873

Veterinary Medical Services Act

 

4.790

 

4.800

 

4.200

 

-0.590

Federal Administration (Total)

 

11.230

 

14.253

 

10.000

 

-1.230

Alternative Crops

 

0.833

 

0.000

 

0.000

 

-0.833

Aquaculture Centers (Sec.1475)

 

3.920

 

3.928

 

3.300

 

-0.620

Critical Agricultural Materials Act

 

1.081

 

0.000

 

0.000

 

-1.081

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Ed. (SARE)

 

14.471

 

15.000

 

12.300

 

-2.171

Policy Research Centers

 

 

 

 

 

3.000

 

3.000

Subtotal

 

698.740

 

708.107

 

600.800

 

-97.940

** Proposed to move to AFRI

               
   

FY 2011

 

FY 2012

 

FY 2012

 

Change from

Extension Activities

 

Enacted

 

President

 

House

 

FY 2011

Smith Lever Sections 3(b) and 3(c)

 

293.911

 

282.625

 

259.200

 

-34.711

Smith Lever Section 3(d):

               

Farm Safety

 

4.853

 

0.000

 

0.000

 

-4.853

Food and Nutrition Education (EFNEP)

 

67.934

 

68.070

 

58.000

 

-9.934

Indian Reservation Agents

 

3.039

 

8.000

 

2.600

 

-0.439

New Technologies for Ag Extension (eXtension)

 

1.747

 

1.750

 

1.400

 

-0.347

Pest Management

 

9.918

 

9.938

 

8.400

 

-1.518

Sustainable Agriculture

 

4.696

 

4.968

 

4.000

 

-0.696

Youth at Risk

 

8.395

 

8.412

 

7.100

 

-1.295

Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification

 

0.485

 

0.486

 

0.000

 

-0.485

1890 Institutions and Tuskegee

 

42.592

 

42.677

 

36.000

 

-6.592

1890 Facilities Grants (Sec. 1447)

 

19.730

 

19.770

 

16.700

 

-3.030

Renewable Resources Extension Act

 

4.060

 

4.068

 

3.400

 

-0.660

Rural Health and Safety Education

 

1.735

 

1.738

 

1.500

 

-0.235

Extension Services at the 1994 Institutions

 

4.312

 

5.321

 

3.600

 

-0.712

Food Animal Residue Avoidance Database

 

0.998

 

0.000

 

1.000

 

0.002

Grants to Youth Organizations

 

1.780

 

0.000

 

1.500

 

-0.280

Women and Minorities in STEM fields

 

0.399

 

0.400

 

0.000

 

-0.399

Federal Administration and Special Grants (total)

 

8.548

 

8.565

 

6.800

 

-1.748

Subtotal

 

479.132

 

466.788

 

411.200

 

-67.932

                 
   

FY 2011

 

FY 2012

 

FY 2012

 

Change from

Integrated Activities

 

Enacted

 

President

 

House

 

FY 2011

Water Quality

 

8.982

 

0.000

 

0.000

 

-8.982

Food Safety

 

10.978

 

0.000

 

0.000

 

-10.978

Regional Pest Management Centers

 

2.994

 

0.000

 

4.000

 

1.006

Methyl Bromide Transition Program

 

1.996

 

0.000

 

0.000

 

-1.996

Organic Transition Program

 

3.992

 

5.000

 

4.000

 

0.008

International Science and Education Grants Program

 

0.998

 

3.000

 

0.000

 

-0.998

Critical Issues Program

 

0.000

 

0.732

 

0.000

 

0.000

Regional Rural Development Centers

 

0.998

 

1.312

 

0.000

 

-0.998

Sustainable Agriculture Federal-State Matching

 

0.000

 

10.000

 

0.000

 

0.000

Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative

 

5.988

 

9.830

 

 0.000

 

-5.988

Subtotal

 

36.926

 

29.874

 

8.000

 

-28.926

                 

TOTAL

 

1,214.798

 

1,204.769

 

1,020.000

 

(194.798)

 

The full House of Representatives is expected to consider the Agriculture Appropriations bill within the next few weeks and it is always possible that further reductions could be proposed  to NIFA accounts. Therefore, it is very important for you to continue to contact your House and Senate offices to let them know how NIFA budget cuts, such as those contained in the House Agriculture Appropriations bill for FY 2012, would harm your institution. The NIFA programs that support land-grant capacity and competitive grant programs remain at extreme risk and your continued assistance is absolutely critical.

 

The Cornerstone Team