Budget and Appropriations

Senate Fails to Stop Clean Water Rule, but Key Protections Still on Hold

November 4, 2015

On Monday, November 3, the Senate failed to garner the support necessary to move forward with a bill that would have required the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw and re-propose the regulation that clarifies the scope of the agency’s jurisdiction over “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act. This bill was […]

Final Budget Deal Raises Spending Caps and Reforms Crop Insurance: Will Reforms Stand?

October 30, 2015

Shortly after 3am on Friday, October 30, the Senate passed a final budget deal for fiscal years (FY) 2016 and 2017, which the House passed on Wednesday.

Congress and White House Reach Budget Deal: What it Means for Agriculture

October 27, 2015

As the clock struck 11pm on Monday, October 26, Congress and the White House announced that they had reached an agreement on raising the United States debt limit as well as discretionary spending caps for fiscal years (FY) 2016 and 2017. Debt Limit and Spending Caps The agreement suspends the U.S. borrowing cap (also known […]

NSAC Delivers 2016 Sustainable Agriculture Funding Requests

October 9, 2015

On Tuesday, October 6, NSAC delivered a letter to members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, urging them to support sustainable agriculture priorities in the final fiscal year 2016 appropriations legislation. Congress is currently debating funding levels for the remainder of 2016 fiscal year, which began on October 1. On the final day of […]

Millions Now Available for Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Development

October 6, 2015

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), a farm bill energy title program, is open for applicants at any time, but application cut-off dates are announced annually. For fiscal year (FY) 2016, the dates range from November 2, 2015 to May 2, 2016, and in limited cases into the summer of 2016, as detailed below […]

Congress Passes Funding Bill in Final Hours of Fiscal Year

October 1, 2015

On Wednesday, September 30, the final day of fiscal year (FY) 2015, Congress passed a two-and-a-half month funding bill, known as a continuing resolution (CR), to extend existing funding levels and policy riders through December 11.

Shutdown or No Shutdown: What Does it All Mean for Agriculture?

September 25, 2015

As Congress begins to recover from Pope Francis’ visit to the Capitol and process Leader Boehner’s (R-OH) announcement that he will leave Congress in October, it will once again be facing the task of how to fund the government and prevent a shutdown with only days left before the end of the fiscal year.

Over 100 Organizations Deliver Letter Opposing Cuts to Conservation

September 17, 2015

On Thursday, September 17, more than 100 organizations from around the country delivered a letter urging the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to “protect mandatory funding for farm bill conservation programs, support robust discretionary funding for Conservation Technical Assistance, and reject any attempt to undermine highly erodible land and wetland conservation compliance” in fiscal year […]

USDA Seeks Input on New Report on Climate Change and Food Security

September 17, 2015

On Tuesday, September 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a draft of the interagency assessment report, “Climate Change, Global Food Security, and the U.S. Food System” in the Federal Register. USDA is requesting input from the public through October 8, and will publish the final report online when it becomes available. While the […]

Congress Returns to Full Plate and Looming Deadlines

September 9, 2015

Congress returned to Washington, D.C. this week to face a full fall agenda after more than one month away. The docket for the next three months includes: A long-term bill to fund infrastructure repairs and updates on bridges, highways, and transit; An extension of funding authority for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA); An extension of […]

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