Cornerstone Report from Washington

Vol. 11, No. 4 Ė June 5, 2013

 

House Subcommittee Approves FY 2014 Agriculture Appropriations Bill ó Restores NIFA Cuts

 

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee met today and approved its FY 2014 spending bill for USDA agencies, including the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). We are pleased to report that the land-grant systemís hard work over the last few months to restore the cuts made to the systemís core capacity lines have borne fruit  on the House side of Capitol Hill.  As shown below, all of the systemís seven core priorities would be funded at or above their FY 2012 levels.
 

Land-Grant NIFA Priorities in House Mark ($Millions)

Priority

F Y 2012 Final

F Y 2013*

F Y 2014 - House

Smith-Lever 3(b)-(c)

294.000

271.618

294.000

Hatch-Act

236.334

218.349

236.334

Evans-Allen (1890s Research)

50.898

47.023

50.898

1890 Institutions Extension

42.592

39.349

42.592

McIntire-Stennis

32.934

30.427

32.934

1994s Research & Extension

6.113

5.648

6.113

Ag. & Food Research Initiative

264.470

276.980

290.657

Total

927.341

889.394

953.528

* FY 2013 numbers (post sequestration) are not yet final. These are our best estimates.

 

The NIFA topline level is $1.209 billion under the House bill, an increase of ≈$65 million compared to the FY 2013 post sequestration level and ≈$6 million more than FY 2012. These funding levels are a direct result of Chairman Aderholtís (R-AL) leadership.

 

Next Steps

The House Appropriations Committee is expected to consider the Agriculture Appropriations bill during the week of June 10. The bill may be considered on the House floor later in the month, although timing may depend upon disposition of the Farm Bill, which is tentatively scheduled to be on the House floor during the week of June 17. The Senate Appropriations Committee is expected to markup its version of the Agriculture spending bill sometime in June or July.

 

As always, we will continue to keep you informed as further developments occur.

 

THE CORNERSTONE TEAM