Cornerstone Report from Washington

Vol. 11, No. 5 – June 13, 2013

 

House Committee Approves FY 2014 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

 

The House Appropriations Committee has approved the FY 2014 Agriculture Appropriations bill which provides funding for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and other USDA agencies. As described in our last report, the FY 2014 bill restores all of the funds cut from the land-grant system’s core capacity programs in FY 2013. As shown below, the House Committee also restored many other NIFA accounts that were also reduced by the sequester and FY 2013 across-the-board cuts:

 

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

         

FY 2012, FY 2013, and FY 2014 - House

         

(All $Millions)

         
 

FY 2012

 

FY 2013

 

FY 2014

Research and Education Activities

Final

 

Final

 

House

Hatch Act

236.334

 

218.342

 

236.334

McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry

32.934

 

30.427

 

32.934

Research at 1890 Institutions (Evans-Allen)

50.898

 

47.023

 

50.898

Payments to the 1994 Institutions

3.335

 

3.081

 

3.335

Education Grants for 1890 Institutions (Capacity Building Grants)

19.336

 

17.864

 

19.336

Education Grants for Hispanic-Serving Institutions

9.219

 

8.517

 

9.219

Education Grants (Alaska and Hawaii Native-Serving Institutions)

3.194

 

2.951

 

3.194

Research Grants for 1994 Institutions

1.801

 

1.664

 

1.801

Capacity Building Grants for Non Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture

4.500

 

4.157

   

Resident Instruction and Distance Learning Grants for Insular Areas

1.650

 

1.524

 

1.800

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

264.470

 

276.980

 

290.657

Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment

4.790

 

4.425

 

4.790

Continuing Animal Health and Disease Research Program

4.000

 

3.695

 

4.000

Supplemental and Alternative Crops

0.825

 

0.762

   

Critical Agricultural Materials Act

1.081

 

0.999

   

Multicultural Scholars, Graduate Fellowship & Institution Challenge Grants

9.000

 

8.315

 

9.000

Secondary and 2-year Post-Secondary Education

0.900

 

0.831

 

0.900

Aquaculture Centers

3.920

 

3.700

 

3.920

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

14.471

 

13.369

 

19.049

Farm Business Management

1.450

 

1.340

   

Sun Grant Program

2.200

 

2.325

   

Improved Pest Control

         

Expert IPM Decision Support System

0.153

 

0.141

 

1/

Integrated Pest Management

2.362

 

2.182

 

1/

Minor Crop Pest Management (IR-4)

11.913

 

11.006

 

11.913

Pest Management Alternatives

1.402

 

1.295

 

1/

Special Research Grants

4.000

 

4.090

 

1.405

Necessary Expenses of Research & Education (Federal Admin.)

10.500

 

13.336

 

14.229

Joe Skeen Institute for Rangeland Research

0.961

       

Competitive Grants for Policy Research

4.000

 

 

 

 

Subtotal

705.599

 

684.344

 

718.714

           
 

FY 2012

 

FY 2013

 

FY 2014

 

Final

 

Final

 

House

Smith Lever Sections 3(b)-(c) & Cooperative Extension

294.000

 

271.618

 

294.000

Extension Services at 1890 Institutions

42.592

 

39.349

 

42.592

Extension Services at 1994 Institutions

4.312

 

3.984

 

4.312

Facility Improvements at 1890 Institutions

19.730

 

18.228

 

19.730

Renewable Resources Extension Act

3.700

 

3.418

 

3.700

Rural Health and Safety Education Programs

1.500

 

1.386

   

Food Animal Residue Avoidance Database Program

1.000

 

0.924

 

1.250

Women and Minorities in STEM Fields

0.400

 

0.370

 

0.400

Grants to Youth Organizations

0.750

 

0.672

   

Smith Lever Section 3(d):

         

Food and Nutrition Education (EFNEP)

67.934

 

62.762

 

67.934

Pest Management

9.918

 

9.163

 

1/

Farm Safety and Youth Farm Safety Education Programs

4.610

 

4.259

 

4.610

New Technologies for Ag Extension (eXtension)

1.550

 

1.432

 

1.550

Children, Youth, and Families at Risk

7.600

 

7.021

 

7.600

Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program

3.039

 

2.808

 

3.039

Sustainable Agriculture Programs

4.696

 

4.339

   

Necessary Expenses of Extension Activities (Federal Admin.)

7.852

 

7.929

 

8.294

Subtotal

475.183

 

439.661

 

459.011

           
 

FY 2012

 

FY 2013

 

FY 2014

Integrated Activities

Final

 

Final

 

House

Water Quality Program

4.500

 

4.157

   

Regional Pest Management Centers

4.000

 

3.695

 

1/

Methyl Bromide Transition Program

1.996

 

1.844

 

1.996

Organic Transition Program

4.000

 

3.695

 

4.000

Regional Rural Development Centers

0.998

 

0.922

 

0.998

Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative

5.988

 

5.532

 

7.000

Crop Protection / Pest Management

 

 

 

 

17.143

Subtotal

21.482

 

19.847

 

31.137

           
 

FY 2012

 

FY 2013

 

FY 2014

 

Final

 

Final

 

House

 

 1,202.264

 

 1,143.852

 

 1,208.862

NOTES:

         

1: These pest management programs would be funded through the new "Crop Protection / Pest Management" line.

 

The House NIFA results are very encouraging and came about through the leadership of Subcommittee Chair Robert Aderholt (R-AL), members of the subcommittee, and the land-grant community who successfully rallied their representatives to support restoration of the FY 2013 cuts and a strong AFRI appropriation.

 

Important Developments

§  Crop Protection / Pest Management. As you can see from the table above, the House Committee agreed to the proposal put forward in the President’s FY 2014 Budget Request to consolidate several Research and Extension Crop Protection and Pest Management funding lines into a single line under the Integrated Activities heading. This consolidated program would receive $17.143 million, the same amount requested by the President.

§  Sustainable Agriculture. The Committee also consolidated the Smith-Lever 3(d) Sustainable Agriculture line within the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education line, which falls under the Research and Education heading.

§  Insular Area Land-Grants Bill Language. The Committee provided report language authorizing Grants for Insular Areas to be used to upgrade agriculture and food sciences facilities and equipment in addition to being used for resident instruction and distance education programs at the land-grant institutions in the Insular Areas.

§  1890s STEM Report Language. “The Committee is concerned about STEM workforce development for underrepresented minorities and notes the National Academy of Science’s recommendations for increasing the participation and success of minority students. The Committee encourages the Department to emphasize STEM education improvement with the Historically Black Colleges and Universities.”

§  Budget Submission. The Committee included report language, as it has in prior years, requiring NIFA to include within the FY 2015 budget submission detailed information about each Request for Applications (RFA) to be released for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) and certain other competitive grant solicitations.

§  Indirect Costs. The Committee again included language capping indirect cost recovery at 30% versus the 22% contained in permanent law.

 

The relevant part of the Committee report is here: www.land-grant.org/docs/FY2014/REE-HRpt.pdf

 

The House of Representatives is expected to take up the FY 2014 Agriculture Appropriations bill sometime in the next few weeks, mostly likely after H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (Farm Bill), has been considered. If you haven’t done so already, we strongly urge you to contact your House members to thank them for their effort and ask them to protect these results as the FY 2014 bill is considered on the House floor in the next few weeks.

 

THE CORNERSTONE TEAM