Budget and Appropriations

Congress Passes 3-Week Budget Extension

March 18, 2011

On Thursday, March 17, the Senate passed a three-week continuing resolution, which extends fiscal year (FY) 2010 federal funding levels until April 8.  The House passed companion legislation on Tuesday, March 15, so the bill will now go to the President’s desk for his signature. As we reported in an earlier blog post, the three-week […]

FY 2012 NIFA Budget Proposal Increases Funding for Sustainable Agriculture Research

March 18, 2011

On Wednesday, March 16, 2011, the House Agriculture Appropriations committee held a hearing on the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget for USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) programs, featuring testimony by Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics (REE). In her written testimony, Dr. Woteki emphasized that although […]

House Agriculture Sends Budget Letter

March 15, 2011

On Tuesday, March 15, the House Committee on Agriculture adopted a letter to the House Committee on the Budget containing recommendations for the fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget cycle.  The Agriculture Committee’s recommendations focus on (1) oversight of regulations affecting jobs and the economies of rural communities, and (2) preparations for the 2012 farm bill. […]

Congress Gears Up to Pass Three-Week Budget Extension

March 14, 2011

On Friday, March 11 the House of Representatives released a draft three-week continuing resolution (CR), which would fund most federal programs at fiscal year (FY) 2010 levels until April 8.   Conforming to House Republicans’ pledge to cut $2 billion per week until a long-term FY 2011 CR is passed, the three-week extension would cut $6 […]

USDA Officials Testify on FY12 Budget at Two Congressional Hearings

March 11, 2011

On Thursday, March 10, top officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) testified at two Congressional hearings, the first held by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and the second held by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture.  Both hearings focused on the Obama Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget proposal. The House Agriculture […]

Agricultural Research Community Responds to Proposed Budget Cuts

March 10, 2011

Earlier this week the food and agricultural research community issued appeals to Congress urging that already low funding for USDA-sponsored research, education and extension not be cut.   The letters came in response to the House-passed continuing resolution to fund all government functions for the remainder of the current fiscal year. The House bill, H.R. 1, […]

Secretary Vilsack Releases Recovery Act Report

March 9, 2011

On Wednesday March 9, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the released of the Investments report on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).  The report, entitled The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Working for Rural Communities, shows that the investments are renewing the Nation’s rural areas and providing benefits to the rural […]

Senate Dems Counter H.R. 1 with Their Own Half-Year Continuing Resolution

March 4, 2011

On Friday, March 4, the Senate Appropriations Committee released draft Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 appropriations legislation to fund all federal government functions for the last half of the current fiscal year.  The bill is the Senate’s counter offer to H.R. 1, the House CR that passed on February 19 and included roughly $60 billion in […]

House Holds Two Hearings on Agriculture Appropriations

March 2, 2011

On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies held two hearings with top officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). On Tuesday, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, along with Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, Chief Economist Joe Glauber, and USDA Budget […]

154 Grassroots Groups Call Budget Cuts Reckless and Unjust

March 1, 2011

154 grassroots organizations sent a letter to the United States Senate on Monday in opposition to a government funding bill that would slash more than $60 billion from the federal budget for the last half of fiscal year 2011.  The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) circulated the letter, and the Rural Coalition/Coalición Rural circulated it […]


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