Budget and Appropriations

House Holds Appropriations Hearing on Rural Development

March 31, 2011

On Thursday morning, March 31, the House Subcommittee on Agriculture Appropriations held a hearing on Rural Development in Fiscal Year 2012.  The hearing started with general remarks from subcommittee members regarding concern about the state of rural America, including a note that USDA Secretary Vilsack previously testified to the Subcommittee that rural America has been […]

Budget Deal in Sight?

March 31, 2011

According to Vice President Joe Biden, negotiations between the White House and House Republican leadership on Wednesday arrived at an agreement to reduce government spending for FY 2011 to $33 billion below the total for FY 2010 and $73 billion below what President Obama requested for FY 2011. The new number is $3 billion more […]

You’ve Got Mail

March 25, 2011

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s inbox was brimming this week with letters from farmers and advocates for USDA Conservation Programs.   Hundreds responded to our action alert calling for letters to the Secretary asking him to stand up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and the Wetlands Reserve Program(WRP). As the Obama Administration negotiates with the House over […]

Voice of Reason

March 22, 2011

*Action Alert* You already know that if the House gets its way programs that are building a healthier, more just, and environmentally sustainable food and farming system will get thrown under the bus. But guess what? The Obama Administration appears ready to propose even deeper cuts to conservation programs than the Republican House! Someone has […]

ATTRA Loses Its Funding at Least Temporarily

March 18, 2011

One very distressing casualty of the continuing series of Continuing Resolutions that are keeping the government open but cutting funding week by week is the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service, known as ATTRA.  ATTRA’s $2.8 million was cut entirely in H.R. 1, the House-passed full-year Continuing Resolution from mid-February and that proposed program termination was […]

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 […]

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