Budget and Appropriations

Congress Passes Final Funding Bill for 2016

December 18, 2015

As Washington, D.C. vacates for the holidays, Congress today passed final funding legislation–known as an omnibus appropriations package–to fund the government through September 30, 2016. Read our previous post for a detailed analysis of what the omnibus means for sustainable agriculture and food systems. Early on Friday, December 18, the House passed the omnibus package […]

Massive Year-End Funding Bill A Mixed Bag But Includes Significant Wins for Sustainable Agriculture

December 16, 2015

Final appropriations package for Fiscal Year 2016 will fund programs supporting sustainable agriculture

Congress Passes 5-Day Funding Extension to Keep Government Open

December 11, 2015

On Friday, December 11, Congress passed a¬†five-day extension of the previous 10-week extension of last year’s funding bill in order to keep the government open through midnight on Wednesday, December 16. Other than extending the expiration date, the bill, known in Washington as a Continuing Resolution, or CR, makes no changes to FY 2015 funding […]

Congress Reverses Crop Insurance Reform; Agriculture Appropriations and Nutrition Decisions Loom

December 7, 2015

Last week, Congress voted to reverse several basic reforms to the federal crop insurance program – reforms that both the House and Senate agreed to as part of a two-year budget deal signed into law by the President back in late October. That budget deal required the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to renegotiate its […]

Low Acceptance Rates Reflect Continued Conservation Cuts

December 2, 2015

Key conservation programs are once again on the chopping block as Congress continues to negotiate funding levels for fiscal year (FY) 2016.

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 […]

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