Cornerstone Report from Washington

Vol. 10, No. 1 – February 13, 2012

 

President’s Budget Request for FY 2013 Released

 

The President’s Budget Request for FY 2013 was released this morning and proposes a slight increase in funding for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The Budget and Advocacy Committee (BAC) of the Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA) meets on Wednesday and Thursday of this week to finalize the BAA’s FY 2013 NIFA requests and the President’s Budget will play in role in that decision-making. We will keep you apprised of the BAC’s decisions and post additional information on our web site: www.land-grant.org.

 

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

       

President's FY 2013 Budget Request vs. FY 2012

       

(All $Millions)

       
   

FY 2012

 

FY 2013

Research and Education Activities

 

Final

 

President

Hatch Act

 

236.334

 

234.834

McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry

 

32.934

 

32.934

Evans-Allen Program

 

50.898

 

50.898

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

 

264.470

 

325.000

Improved Pest Control

 

15.830

 

1.405

Special Research Grants

 

4.000

 

0.000

Animal Health and Disease Research

 

4.000

 

0.000

1994 Institutions Research Program

 

1.801

 

1.801

Joe Skeen Institute for Rangeland Research

 

0.961

 

0.000

Multicultural Scholars, Graduate Fellowship and Institution Challenge Grants

9.000

   

Graduate Fellowship Grants

     

3.851

Higher Education Challenge Grants

     

5.643

Multicultural Scholars

     

1.239

Hispanic -Serving Institutions Education Grants

 

9.219

 

9.219

Secondary and two-year Post Secondary Program

 

0.900

 

0.981

Capacity Building for 1890 Institutions

 

19.336

 

19.336

Payments to the 1994 Institutions

 

3.335

 

3.335

Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions

 

3.194

 

3.194

Insular Areas Grants

     

1.650

Resident Instruction Grants for Insular Areas

 

0.900

   

Distance Education Grants for Insular Areas

 

0.750

   

Farm Business Management and Benchmarking Program

 

1.450

 

0.000

Sun Grant Program

 

2.200

 

0.000

Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program

 

4.790

 

4.790

Federal Administration

 

10.500

 

14.229

Supplemental and Alternative Crops

 

0.825

 

0.000

Aquaculture Centers

 

3.920

 

3.920

Critical Agricultural Materials Act

 

1.081

 

0.000

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

 

14.471

 

14.471

Capacity Building for Non Land-Grant Colleges

 

4.500

 

0.000

Competitive Grants for Policy Research

 

4.000

 

0.000

Subtotal

 

705.599

 

732.730

         
   

FY 2012

 

FY 2013

Extension Activities

 

Final

 

President

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

 

294.000

 

292.411

Smith Lever Section 3(d):

       

Farm Safety & Youth Farm Safety Education

 

4.610

 

4.610

Food and Nutrition Education (EFNEP)

 

67.934

 

67.934

Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program

 

3.039

 

3.039

New Technologies for Ag Extension (eXtension)

 

1.550

 

1.750

Pest Management

 

9.918

 

0.000

Sustainable Agriculture Programs

 

4.696

 

4.696

Children, Youth and Families at Risk

 

7.600

 

8.395

Cooperative Extension at 1890 Institutions

 

42.592

 

42.592

Facility Improvements at 1890 Institutions

 

19.730

 

19.730

Renewable Resources Extension Act

 

3.700

 

4.060

Rural Health and Safety Education

 

1.500

 

0.000

Extension Services at 1994 Institutions

 

4.312

 

4.312

Food Animal Residue Avoidance Database

 

1.000

 

0.000

Grants to Youth Organizations

 

0.750

 

0.000

Women and Minorities in STEM fields

 

0.400

 

0.400

Federal Administration

 

7.852

 

8.544

Subtotal

 

475.183

 

462.473

         
   

FY 2012

 

FY 2013

Integrated Activities

 

Final

 

President

Water Quality

 

4.500

 

0.000

Regional Pest Management Centers

 

4.000

 

0.000

Methyl Bromide Transition Program

 

1.996

 

0.000

Organic Transition Program

 

4.000

 

4.000

Crop Protection*

     

29.056

Sustainable Agriculture Federal-State Matching Grants*

     

3.500

Regional Rural Development Centers

 

0.998

 

0.998

Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative

 

5.988

 

5.988

Subtotal

 

21.482

 

43.542


* New Programs

 

As you can see from this table, the President’s Budget would increase the three major components of the NIFA budget by approximately $36.5 million compared to FY 2012. In addition to numerous adjustments, the Budget Request would establish three new NIFA initiatives, which are described as follows:

 

1. Crop Protection Program. “This program supports projects that respond to pest management challenges with coordinated region wide and national research, education, and extension programs, and serves as a catalyst for promoting further development and use of integrated pest management approaches. The program also fosters regional and national team building efforts, communication networks, and enhanced stakeholder participation. The 2013 Budget includes $29.1 million, which reflects combined pest management funding transferred from Research and Education and Extension Activities.”

 

2. Sustainable Agriculture Federal-State Matching Grant Program. “This Federal-State matching grant program will assist in the creation or enhancement of State sustainable research, extension, and education programs. The matching requirement will leverage State and/or private funds, and build the long-term capacity to guide the evolution of American agriculture to a more highly productive, sustainable system. The 2013 Budget includes$3.5 million.”

 

3. Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities Endowment Fund. “This endowment fund for Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities will launch the production of skilled and marketable Hispanic student population for employment in the food and agriculture sector. Over the next ten years, the Endowment will lead to significant and measurable enhanced competence and marketability of Hispanic students in the food and agricultural sciences. The 2013 Budget includes $10 million for this proposed fund.”

 

The Cornerstone Team