Cornerstone Report from Washington

Vol. 12, No. 1 – Jan. 14, 2014

 

FY 2014 Appropriations Process Nearly Over – Major NIFA Wins!

 

After many fits and starts (and more than 100 days after the beginning of the new federal fiscal year), Congress is nearing the finish line on the FY 2014 appropriations process.

 

Following enactment of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 (see our last report), House and Senate appropriators were able to reach agreement on all 12 of the appropriations bills and an omnibus measure incorporating them is expected to pass both chambers within the next few days.

 

As shown in Table 1, all seven of the land-grant system’s priorities for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) received increases compared to both FY 2013 (the year when sequestration resulted in across-the-board reductions) and FY 2012. In total, the system’s priority funding lines were up $107 million compared to FY 2013 and $69 million compared to FY 2012.

 

Table 1. Key Land-Grant NIFA Priorities

Program

FY 2012

FY 2013

FY 2014

Smith-Lever

294.000

271.618

300.000

Hatch

236.334

218.349

243.701

Evans-Allen

50.898

47.023

52.485

1890s Extension

42.592

39.349

43.920

McIntire-Stennis

32.934

30.427

33.961

1994s R/E

6.113

5.648

6.247

AFRI

264.470

276.98

316.409

Total

927.341

889.394

996.723

 

Two factors are primarily responsible for this significant victory. First, the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees (Reps. Robert Aderholt and Sam Farr and Sens. Mark Pryor and Roy Blunt) provided strong leadership throughout a long and arduous period.

 

Second, land-grant leaders—especially those from states with Ag Appropriations Subcommittee members—successfully carried out a sustained campaign to convince their own representatives and senators to provide the support necessary for Aderholt, Farr, Pryor, and Blunt to move ahead boldly at the system’s behest (despite significant budgetary headwinds).

 

We urge everyone reading this report to take a few minutes and contact your representatives and senators to let them know that your institution is grateful for these results and to thank them for their continued support for our key competitive and capacity priorities.

 

As shown in Table 2, most other NIFA programs cut in FY 2013 had funding restored to their FY 2012 levels. This resulted in net increases of $133 million (+11.6%) compared to FY 2013 and $75 million compared to FY 2012 (+6.2%).

Table 2. Final NIFA FY 2014 Results

(All $Millions)

         
 

FY 2012

 

FY 2013

 

FY 2014

Research and Education Activities

Final

 

Final

 

Final

Hatch Act

236.334

 

218.342

 

243.701

McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry

32.934

 

30.427

 

33.961

Research at 1890 Institutions (Evans-Allen)

50.898

 

47.023

 

52.485

Payments to the 1994 Institutions

3.335

 

3.081

 

3.439

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

 

4.500

Resident Instruction and Distance Learning Grants for Insular Areas

1.650

 

1.524

 

1.800

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

264.470

 

276.980

 

316.409

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

 

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

Secondary and 2-year Post-Secondary Education

0.900

 

0.831

 

0.900

Aquaculture Centers

3.920

 

3.700

 

4.000

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

14.471

 

13.369

 

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/

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

 

4.105

Necessary Expenses of Research & Education (Federal Admin.)

10.500

 

13.336

 

14.133

Alfalfa Research

 

 

 

 

1.350

Subtotal

705.599

 

684.344

 

772.559

           
 

FY 2012

 

FY 2013

 

FY 2014

Extension Activities

Final

 

Final

 

Final

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

294.000

 

271.618

 

300.000

Extension Services at 1890 Institutions

42.592

 

39.349

 

43.920

Extension Services at 1994 Institutions

4.312

 

3.984

 

4.446

Facility Improvements at 1890 Institutions

19.730

 

18.228

 

19.730

Renewable Resources Extension Act

3.700

 

3.418

 

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

Women and Minorities in STEM Fields

0.400

 

0.370

 

0.400

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

 

8.395

Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program

3.039

 

2.808

 

3.039

Sustainable Agriculture Programs

4.696

 

4.339

 

2/

Necessary Expenses of Extension Activities (Federal Admin.)

7.852

 

7.929

 

8.357

Subtotal

475.183

 

439.661

 

469.191

           
 

FY 2012

 

FY 2013

 

FY 2014

Integrated Activities

Final

 

Final

 

Final

Water Quality Program

4.500

 

4.157

 

4.500

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

 

6.68

Crop Protection / Pest Management

 

 

 

 

17.143

Subtotal

21.482

 

19.847

 

35.317

           
 

FY 2012

 

FY 2013

 

FY 2014

 

Final

 

Final

 

Final

 

     1,202.264

 

     1,143.852

 

  1,277.067

           

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.

         

 

Other Matters

SNAP-Ed. The conference agreement maintains funding for the SNAP-Ed (Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Grant Program within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) for FY 2014 at $401 million, which is the same as the statutory baseline. (A significant portion of SNAP-Ed funds flow to state Cooperative Extension services.)

 

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