Cornerstone Report from Washington

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:

 

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

       

FY 2012, FY 2013, and FY 2014 - House & Senate

       

(All $Millions)

       
 

FY 2012

FY 2013

FY 2014

FY 2014

Research and Education Activities

Final

Final

House

Senate

Hatch Act

236.334

218.342

236.334

243.701

McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry

32.934

30.427

32.934

33.961

Research at 1890 Institutions (Evans-Allen)

50.898

47.023

50.898

52.485

Payments to the 1994 Institutions

3.335

3.081

3.335

3.439

Education Grants for 1890 Institutions (Capacity Building Grants)

19.336

17.864

19.336

19.336

Education Grants for Hispanic-Serving Institutions

9.219

8.517

9.219

9.219

Education Grants (Alaska and Hawaii Native-Serving Institutions)

3.194

2.951

3.194

3.194

Research Grants for 1994 Institutions

1.801

1.664

1.801

1.801

Capacity Building Grants for Non Land-Grant Colleges of Agriculture

4.500

4.157

 

4.500

Resident Instruction and Distance Learning Grants for Insular Areas

1.650

1.524

1.800

1.650

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

264.470

276.980

290.657

316.409

Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment

4.790

4.425

4.790

4.790

Continuing Animal Health and Disease Research Program

4.000

3.695

4.000

4.000

Supplemental and Alternative Crops

0.825

0.762

 

0.825

Critical Agricultural Materials Act

1.081

0.999

 

1.081

Multicultural Scholars, Graduate Fellowship & Institution Challenge Grants

9.000

8.315

9.000

9.000

Secondary and 2-year Post-Secondary Education

0.900

0.831

0.900

0.900

Aquaculture Centers

3.920

3.700

3.920

4.000

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

14.471

13.369

19.049

22.667

Farm Business Management

1.450

1.340

 

1.450

Sun Grant Program

2.200

2.325

 

2.500

Improved Pest Control

   

 

 

Expert IPM Decision Support System

0.153

0.141

1/

1/

Integrated Pest Management

2.362

2.182

1/

1/

Minor Crop Pest Management (IR-4)

11.913

11.006

11.913

11.913

Pest Management Alternatives

1.402

1.295

1/

1/

Special Research Grants

4.000

4.090

1.405

4.105

Necessary Expenses of Research & Education (Federal Admin.)

10.500

13.336

14.229

14.368

Joe Skeen Institute for Rangeland Research

0.961

 

 

 

Competitive Grants for Policy Research

4.000

 

 

 

Alfalfa Research

 

 

 

1.500

Subtotal

705.599

684.344

718.714

772.794

         
 

FY 2012

FY 2013

FY 2014

FY 2014

Extension Activities

Final

Final

House

Senate

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

294.000

271.618

294.000

300.000

Extension Services at 1890 Institutions

42.592

39.349

42.592

43.920

Extension Services at 1994 Institutions

4.312

3.984

4.312

4.446

Facility Improvements at 1890 Institutions

19.730

18.228

19.730

19.730

Renewable Resources Extension Act

3.700

3.418

3.700

4.060

Rural Health and Safety Education Programs

1.500

1.386

 

1.500

Food Animal Residue Avoidance Database Program

1.000

0.924

1.250

1.000

Women and Minorities in STEM Fields

0.400

0.370

0.400

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

67.934

Pest Management

9.918

9.163

1/

1/

Farm Safety and Youth Farm Safety Education Programs

4.610

4.259

4.610

4.610

New Technologies for Ag Extension (eXtension)

1.550

1.432

1.550

1.750

Children, Youth, and Families at Risk

7.600

7.021

7.600

8.395

Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program

3.039

2.808

3.039

3.039

Sustainable Agriculture Programs

4.696

4.339

2/

2/

Necessary Expenses of Extension Activities (Federal Admin.)

7.852

7.929

8.294

8.615

Subtotal

475.183

439.661

459.011

469.399

         
 

FY 2012

FY 2013

FY 2014

FY 2014

Integrated Activities

Final

Final

House

Senate

Water Quality Program

4.500

4.157

 

4.500

Regional Pest Management Centers

4.000

3.695

1/

1/

Methyl Bromide Transition Program

1.996

1.844

1.996

1.996

Organic Transition Program

4.000

3.695

4.000

4.000

Regional Rural Development Centers

0.998

0.922

0.998

0.998

Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative

5.988

5.532

7.000

5.988

Crop Protection / Pest Management

 

 

17.143

17.835

Subtotal

21.482

19.847

31.137

35.317

         
 

FY 2012

FY 2013

FY 2014

FY 2014

 

Final

Final

House

Senate

 

     1,202.264

     1,143.852

  1,208.862

  1,277.510

         

NOTES:

       

1: These pest management programs would be funded through the

       

new "Crop Protection / Pest Management" funding line.

       

2: Incorporated within the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

     

funding line.

       

 

Important Developments

§  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.

 

Next Steps

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