Budget and Appropriations

4 Important Policy Decisions that Will Impact Farmers, Food, and the Environment in 2015

September 5, 2014

Congress will return to Washington, D.C. next week after more than one month away during the August recess.  One of the few things on their legislative agenda before they break again in October is to pass a government funding bill to keep the government open beyond the end of the fiscal year (FY) on September […]

House Subcommittee Votes to Curtail Environmental Protections

July 9, 2014

On Wednesday, July 9, the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee passed a bill to fund the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), and related agencies in fiscal year (FY) 2015, which begins on October 1, 2014.  The bill cuts EPA funding by $717 million, or 9 percent, relative to […]

Farmers Speak Out on Critical USDA Programs

June 27, 2014

Farmers and business leaders from around the country met with USDA, OMB, and members of Congress to advocate for USDA programs that support sustainable agriculture.

Whither the 2015 Agriculture Funding Process?

June 20, 2014

On Thursday, June 19, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) postponed consideration of the Senate’s three-part spending package for Agriculture, Commerce-Justice-Science, and Transportation-Housing and Urban Development for fiscal year 2015.  The Senate began consideration of the FY 2015 appropriations package on Tuesday, and was scheduled to begin to voting on amendments on Thursday.  However, Majority […]

House Appropriations Debate Recap, More Action In House and Senate Next Week

June 12, 2014

What’s next for agriculture funding in 2015?

35 Organizations Urge House of Representatives to Oppose New Conservation Cuts

June 11, 2014

On Wednesday, June 11, NSAC and 34 other national organizations delivered a letter to the House of Representatives in opposition to the $536 million in conservation cuts contained in the House FY 2015 Agriculture Appropriations Bill. The letter was delivered as the House begins consideration of the bill today.  The House bill cuts mandatory farm bill […]

House Committee Votes to Undermine Farmer Rights

May 29, 2014

House Appropriations Committee fails to remove the anti-farmer provision that limits USDA’s ability to ensure fair and transparent markets for contract livestock producers

Senate Appropriators Pass 2015 Agriculture Funding Bill

May 22, 2014

What’s in the Senate bill for beginning farmers, food safety training, sustainable agriculture research, and rural communities?

House Subcommittee Passes 2015 Agriculture Funding Bill

May 20, 2014

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee passed a bill to fund USDA and FDA programs in 2015

Busy Week Ahead for USDA Funding in 2015

May 16, 2014

Next week is a big week for agriculture appropriations.  On Tuesday, May 20, both the House and the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees will debate and almost certainly pass their respective agriculture funding bills for fiscal year (FY) 2015.  The full Senate Appropriations Committee will then take up the agriculture appropriations bill on Thursday, May 22.  […]

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