Cornerstone Report from Washington

Vol. 10, No. 3 – April 26, 2012

 

Senate Agriculture Appropriations Bill Includes NIFA Increase of $36.5 M (3%)

 

We are pleased to report that the Senate Appropriations Committee has marked up its FY 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill and has made a $36.480 million increase in the topline appropriation for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). As you can see from the following table nearly all ($33.486 million) of the increase would be for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI):

 

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

         

Senate Markup Results vs. FY 2012

         

(All $Millions)

         
 

FY 2012

 

FY 2013

 

FY 2013

Research and Education Activities

Final

 

President

 

Senate

Hatch Act

236.334

 

234.834

 

236.334

McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry

32.934

 

32.934

 

32.934

Evans-Allen Program

50.898

 

50.898

 

50.898

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

264.470

 

325.000

 

297.956

Improved Pest Control

15.830

 

1.405

 

15.830

Special Research Grants

4.000

     

4.405

Animal Health and Disease Research

4.000

     

4.000

1994 Institutions Research Program

1.801

 

1.801

 

1.801

Joe Skeen Institute for Rangeland Research

0.961

       

Multicultural Scholars, Graduate Fellowship and Institution Challenge Grants

9.000

     

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

 

9.219

Secondary and two-year Post Secondary Program

0.900

 

0.981

 

0.900

Capacity Building for 1890 Institutions

19.336

 

19.336

 

19.336

Payments to the 1994 Institutions

3.335

 

3.335

 

3.335

Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions

3.194

 

3.194

 

3.194

Insular Areas Grants

   

1.650

 

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

     

1.450

Sun Grant Program

2.200

     

2.500

Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program

4.790

 

4.790

 

4.790

Federal Administration

10.500

 

14.229

 

14.229

Supplemental and Alternative Crops

0.825

 

0.000

 

0.825

Aquaculture Centers

3.920

 

3.920

 

4.000

Critical Agricultural Materials Act

1.081

     

1.081

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

14.471

 

14.471

 

14.471

Capacity Building for Non Land-Grant Colleges

4.500

     

4.500

Competitive Grants for Policy Research

4.000

     

 

Subtotal

705.599

 

732.730

 

738.638

           
 

FY 2012

 

FY 2013

 

FY 2013

Extension Activities

Final

 

President

 

Senate

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

294.000

 

292.411

 

294.000

Smith Lever Section 3(d):

         

Farm Safety & Youth Farm Safety Education

4.610

 

4.610

 

4.610

Food and Nutrition Education (EFNEP)

67.934

 

67.934

 

67.934

Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program

3.039

 

3.039

 

3.039

New Technologies for Ag Extension (eXtension)

1.550

 

1.750

 

1.550

Pest Management

9.918

     

9.918

Sustainable Agriculture Programs

4.696

 

4.696

 

4.696

Children, Youth and Families at Risk

7.600

 

8.395

 

7.600

Cooperative Extension at 1890 Institutions

42.592

 

42.592

 

42.592

Facility Improvements at 1890 Institutions

19.730

 

19.730

 

19.730

Renewable Resources Extension Act

3.700

 

4.060

 

3.700

Rural Health and Safety Education

1.500

     

1.500

Extension Services at 1994 Institutions

4.312

 

4.312

 

4.312

Food Animal Residue Avoidance Database

1.000

     

1.000

Grants to Youth Organizations

0.750

       

Women and Minorities in STEM fields

0.400

 

0.400

 

0.400

Federal Administration

7.852

 

8.544

 

8.544

Subtotal

475.183

 

462.473

 

475.125

           
 

FY 2012

 

FY 2013

 

FY 2013

Integrated Activities

Final

 

President

 

Senate

Water Quality

4.500

     

4.500

Regional Pest Management Centers

4.000

     

4.000

Methyl Bromide Transition Program

1.996

     

1.996

Organic Transition Program

4.000

 

4.000

 

4.000

Crop Protection

   

29.056

   

Sustainable Agriculture Federal-State Matching Grants

   

3.500

 

3.500

Regional Rural Development Centers

0.998

 

0.998

 

0.998

Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative

5.988

 

5.988

 

5.988

Subtotal

   21.482

 

43.542

 

24.982

           
 

FY 2012

 

FY 2013

 

FY 2013

 

Final

 

President

 

Senate

TOTAL

1,202.264

 

1,238.745

 

1,238.745


Notable Developments

1. Crop Protection Program. The Senate did not concur in the proposal put forward in the President’s FY 2013 Budget Request to create a new $29.1 million “Crop Protection Program” by combining various NIFA pest management programs. Instead, the Senate continued funding for the various pest management lines at their
FY 2012 levels.

 

2. Sustainable Agriculture Federal-State Matching Grant Program. The Senate did, however, go along with the President’s proposal to create a new federal-state matching grant program to “assist in the creation or enhancement of state sustainable research, extension, and education programs.” A total of $3.5 million was included in the Senate mark for that purpose (the same as the President’s request).

 

Next Steps

The Senate’s topline NIFA increase can be attributed (at least in part) to the increased 302(b) spending allocation that the subcommittee received compared to FY 2012. Compared to last year, the subcommittee had an additional $1.005 billion to spend, an increase of 5.1%. The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, which is expected to markup its bill in the coming weeks, suffered a 2% reduction in its 302(b) allocation compared to
FY 2012.

 

As always, we will be certain to keep you posted as additional developments occur.

 

The Cornerstone Team