Vol. 11, No. 7 – June 20, 2013
Senate Appropriations Committee Approves FY 2014 Agriculture Spending Bill
The Senate Appropriations Committee met today and reported the FY 2014 Agriculture Appropriations bill to provide funding for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) and other USDA agencies. As described in our report of June 18, the Senate bill not only restores the funds cut from the land-grant system’s core capacity programs in FY 2013 but makes modest increases to the system’s core capacity programs and a substantial increase to the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).
The Senate NIFA results are more than we expected and came about through the outstanding leadership of Subcommittee Chair Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Ranking Member Roy Blunt (R-MO), members of the subcommittee, and the land-grant community who successfully rallied their senators to restore the FY 2013 cuts and provide a strong AFRI appropriation.
As shown in the following table, the Senate Appropriations Committee also restored/increased many other NIFA accounts that were reduced by the sequester and FY 2013 across-the-board cuts:
§ Crop Protection / Pest Management. As you can see from the table above, the Senate Committee agreed to the proposal contained 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 $17.835 million.
§ 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.
§ SNAP-Ed. The Senate, unlike the House, did not impose any limitations on SNAP-Ed mandatory funding. [The House set FY 2014 SNAP-Ed mandatory funding at $350 million, which is $51 million less than existing law, but still $65 million above the final FY 2013 level.]
§ Indirect Costs. The Committee again included language capping indirect cost recovery at 30% versus the 22% contained in permanent law.
The House of Representatives is expected to take up the FY 2014 Agriculture Appropriations bill shortly, perhaps as early as next week. Timing in the Senate is less certain. As always, we will keep you informed as developments occur.
If you haven’t done so already, we urge you to contact your two senators to express your support for the tremendous outcome represented in the Committee reported bill.
THE CORNERSTONE TEAM