Cornerstone Report from Washington

Vol. 9, No. 13 – November 2, 2011


Senate Passes FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill


The Senate has passed the FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill clearing the way for a House-Senate conference committee to begin meeting to reconcile the two versions of this legislation. Funding for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) remains as previously reported (See:


Like other agencies that receive funding through the annual appropriations process, NIFA is currently operating under a stop-gap funding measure that expires on November 18. Thus, the House-Senate conference committee is striving to complete its work before that date.


If you haven’t done so already, please contact your Members of Congress as requested in the recent Action Alert: We still need House members to contact Representatives Jack Kingston and Sam Farr, the chairman and ranking member of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. Your representatives should ask Kingston and Farr to accept the Senate positions with respect to NIFA funding. Senate contacts are also still timely and the message is the same: Please support the Senate position on NIFA funding.


Thank you for your continued interest and support in protecting the myriad land-grant programs funded through the NIFA portion of the Agriculture Appropriations bill.


The Cornerstone Team