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):
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
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).
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
As always, we will be certain to keep you posted as additional developments occur.
The Cornerstone Team