Cornerstone Report from Washington

Vol. 9, No. 9 – May 23, 2011

 

House Subcommittee Releases FY 2012 Appropriations Bill – Numerous NIFA Programs Cut or Eliminated

 

The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee has just made public the text of the FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill that will be considered by the subcommittee during its markup session tomorrow. As you can see from the table that follows, the NIFA budget would be cut by more than 16 percent, with Research and Education accounts down $102.440 million, Extension programs down $67.932 million, and Integrated Activities down $28.926 million.

 

National Institute of Food and Agriculture

House Subcommittee Mark for FY 2012 Compared to Prior Years

           

(All $Millions)

               
   

FY 2011

 

FY 2012

 

FY 2012

 

Change from

Research and Education Activities

 

Enacted

 

President

 

House

 

FY 2011

Hatch Act

 

236.334

 

204.250

 

208.000

 

-28.334

McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry

 

32.934

 

27.550

 

30.000

 

-2.934

Evans-Allen Program (1890s Research)

 

50.898

 

48.500

 

48.000

 

-2.898

Agriculture and Food Research Initiative

 

264.470

 

324.655

 

225.000

 

-39.470

Improved Pest Control

 

16.153

 

16.185

 

14.000

 

-2.153

Special Research Grants

 

2.838

 

1.837

 

1.250

 

-1.588

Animal Health and Disease (Sec. 1433)

 

2.944

     

4.000

 

1.056

1994 Institutions Research Program

 

1.801

 

1.805

     

-1.801

Joe Skeen Institute for Rangeland Restoration

 

0.981

 

0.983

     

-0.981

Graduate Fellowship Grants**

 

3.851

 

**

     

-3.851

Institution Challenge Grants**

 

5.643

 

**

     

-5.643

Multicultural Scholars Program

 

1.239

 

1.241

 

1.000

 

-0.239

Hispanic Education Partnership Grants

 

9.219

 

10.161

 

7.800

 

-1.419

Secondary/2-year Post Secondary

 

0.981

 

3.483

 

0.900

 

-0.081

Capacity Building Grants (1890 Institutions)

 

19.336

 

20.075

 

16.400

 

-2.936

Payments to the 1994 Institutions

 

3.335

 

3.676

 

2.800

 

-0.535

Native Alaska/Hawaiian-Serving Education Grants

 

3.194

 

3.200

 

2.700

 

-0.494

Resident Instruction Grants for Insular Areas

 

0.898

 

0.900

 

0.900

 

0.002

Distance Education Grants for Insular Areas

 

0.749

 

0.750

 

0.750

 

0.002

Farm Business Management and Benchmarking

 

1.497

         

-1.497

Sun Grant Program

 

2.246

         

-2.246

New Era Rural Technology Program

 

0.873

 

0.875

     

-0.873

Veterinary Medical Services Act

 

4.790

 

4.800

 

4.200

 

-0.590

Federal Administration (Total)

 

11.230

 

14.253

 

10.000

 

-1.230

Alternative Crops

 

0.833

         

-0.833

Aquaculture Centers (Sec.1475)

 

3.920

 

3.928

 

3.300

 

-0.620

Critical Agricultural Materials Act

 

1.081

         

-1.081

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Ed. (SARE)

 

14.471

 

15.000

 

12.300

 

-2.171

Policy Research Centers

 

 

 

 

 

3.000

 

3.000

Subtotal

 

698.740

 

708.107

 

596.300

*

-102.440

                 
   

FY 2011

 

FY 2012

 

FY 2012

 

Change from

Extension Activities

 

Enacted

 

President

 

House

 

FY 2011

Smith Lever Sections 3(b) and 3(c)

 

293.911

 

282.625

 

259.200

 

-34.711

Smith Lever Section 3(d):

               

Farm Safety

 

4.853

         

-4.853

Food and Nutrition Education (EFNEP)

 

67.934

 

68.070

 

58.000

 

-9.934

Indian Reservation Agents

 

3.039

 

8.000

 

2.600

 

-0.439

New Technologies for Ag Extension (eXtension)

 

1.747

 

1.750

 

1.400

 

-0.347

Pest Management

 

9.918

 

9.938

 

8.400

 

-1.518

Sustainable Agriculture

 

4.696

 

4.968

 

4.000

 

-0.696

Youth at Risk

 

8.395

 

8.412

 

7.100

 

-1.295

Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification

 

0.485

 

0.486

     

-0.485

1890 Institutions and Tuskegee

 

42.592

 

42.677

 

36.000

 

-6.592

1890 Facilities Grants (Sec. 1447)

 

19.730

 

19.770

 

16.700

 

-3.030

Renewable Resources Extension Act

 

4.060

 

4.068

 

3.400

 

-0.660

Rural Health and Safety Education

 

1.735

 

1.738

 

1.500

 

-0.235

Extension Services at the 1994 Institutions

 

4.312

 

5.321

 

3.600

 

-0.712

Food Animal Residue Avoidance Database

 

0.998

     

1.000

 

0.002

Grants to Youth Organizations

 

1.780

     

1.500

 

-0.280

Women and Minorities in STEM fields

 

0.399

 

0.400

     

-0.399

Federal Administration and Special Grants (total)

 

8.548

 

8.565

 

6.800

 

-1.748

Subtotal

 

479.132

 

466.788

 

411.200

 

-67.932

                 
   

FY 2011

 

FY 2012

 

FY 2012

 

Change from

Integrated Activities

 

Enacted

 

President

 

House

 

FY 2011

Water Quality

 

8.982

         

-8.982

Food Safety

 

10.978

         

-10.978

Regional Pest Management Centers

 

2.994

     

4.000

 

1.006

Crops at Risk from FQPA Implementation

               

FQPA Risk Mitigation Prog. for Major Food Crops

               

Methyl Bromide Transition Program

 

1.996

         

-1.996

Organic Transition Program

 

3.992

 

5.000

 

4.000

 

0.008

International Science and Education Grants Program

 

0.998

 

3.000

     

-0.998

Critical Issues Program

     

0.732

       

Regional Rural Development Centers

 

0.998

 

1.312

     

-0.998

Sustainable Agriculture Federal-State Matching

     

10.000

       

Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative

 

5.988

 

9.830

 

 

 

-5.988

Subtotal

 

         36.926

 

29.874

 

8.000

 

-28.926

                 

TOTAL

 

1,214.798

 

1,204.769

 

 1,015.500

 

  (199.298)

                 

 * House Research & Education Total in Bill and News Release is in Error

       

** Proposed to move to AFRI

               

 

NIFA is not singled out in this bill. As shown in the next table (released by the subcommittee) nearly every other agency and major program funded through the Agriculture Appropriations bill would receive significant cuts:

 

 Agriculture Subcommittee Mark Up Summary Table*

(Numbers in $000)

       

Subcommittee Comparison

 Agency

FY 11 CR

FY 12 Request

FY12Subcommittee

v. FY 11 CR

v. FY 12 Request

USDA:

         

Research

2,587,182

2,594,762

2,233,605

(353,577)

(361,157)

   ARS

1,133,230

1,137,690

993,345

 (139,885)

(144,345)

   NIFA

1,214,798

 1,204,769

1,020,000

 (194,798)

(184,769)

       Research and Education

(698,740)

(708,107)

(600,800)

97,940

107,307

       Extension

(479,132)

(466,788)

(411,200)

67,932

55,588

       Integrated

 (36,926)

(29,874)

(8,000)

28,926

21,874

Marketing & Regulatory

995,822

979,910

909,791

(86,031)

(70,119)

   APHIS

866,799

837,418

793,200

 (73,599)

(44,218)

   AMS

87,869

97,389

78,831

 (9,038)

(18,558)

   GIPSA

40,261

44,192

37,000

 (3,261)

(7,192)

Food Safety

1,007,314

1,012,221

972,718

(34,596)

(39,503)

Farm Programs

1,757,008

1,916,476

1,629,278

(127,730)

(287,198)

   Ag. Credit Loans

(4,651,283)

(4,747,090)

(4,747,090)

(95,807)

     -  

   Ag. Credit Subsidies/Admin.

460,565

431,806

376,847

(83,718)

(54,959)

   Risk Mgmt. Agency Admin.

                78,842

                  82,325

                 68,016

          (10,826)

            (14,309)

Conservation

889,360

899,558

786,716

(102,644)

(112,842)

    NRCS-CO

870,503

898,647

770,956

 (99,547)

(127,691)

    Watershed Rehabilitation

17,964

-  

15,000

 (2,964)

15,000

Rural Development

2,430,776

2,201,834

2,092,771

(338,005)

(109,063)

  Rural Housing Loans

(25,292,428)

(24,333,940)

(24,922,585)

369,843

(588,645)

  Rural Housing Subsidies

111,855

51,814

 66,250

 (45,605)

14,436

  Rental Assistance Prog.

953,724

906,653

 890,000

 (63,724)

(16,653)

  Multi-Family Revitalization

29,940

 16,000

11,000

 (18,940)

(5,000)

  Mutual/Self-Help Housing       

                36,926

                              -  

                  22,000

             (14,926)

                  22,000

  Rural Housing Assistance

                40,319

                     11,520

                  32,000

               (8,319)

                  20,480

  Community Facility Loans

(458,273)

(1,000,000)

(1,105,708)

(647,435)

(105,708)

  Comm. Facility Grants/Subs.

                41,379

                   38,400

                18,000

          (23,379)

             (20,400)

   Rural Business Loans

(889,111)

(822,900)

(626,959)

262,152

195,941

   Rural Business Grants/Subsidy

                85,280

                     89,857

                  64,500

             (20,780)

                (25,357)

   Rural Economic Dev. Loans

(19,181)

(36,376)

(14,758)

4,423

21,618

   Rural Cooperative Dev. Grants

                30,193

                   35,854

                22,500

            (7,693)

             (13,354)

   Rural Water/Waste Loans

(973,263)

(782,000)

(730,689)

242,574

51,311

   Rural Water Subsidies/Grants

              527,944

                 487,488

               500,000

          (27,944)

               12,512

  Rural Electric/Telecom. Loans

         (7,790,000)

           (6,790,000)

       (7,290,000)

         500,000

          (500,000)

  Distance Learning Grants

68,090

 47,976

15,000

 (53,090)

(32,976)

Nutrition

7,128,324

7,861,518

6,218,787

(909,537)

(1,642,731)

   WIC

6,734,027

7,390,100

5,901,250

(832,777)

(1,408,850)

   CAP

246,126

249,619

192,500

 (53,626)

(57,119)

International

1,891,341

2,129,862

1,404,403

(486,938)

(725,459)

   PL-480 Title II Grants

1,497,000

1,683,500

1,040,198

 (456,802)

(643,302)

   McGovern-Dole

199,101

 200,500

180,000

 (19,101)

(20,500)

Departmental Administration

              538,101

                 636,517

            463,689

          (74,412)

          (172,828)

  SUBTOTAL, USDA

        19,225,228

          20,232,658

       16,712,410

    (2,512,818)

       (3,520,248)

Related Agencies:

         

FDA (Incl. User Fees)

3,680,501

4,251,325

3,683,866

 3,365

 (567,459)

   FDA

2,457,001

2,743,965

2,172,239

 (284,762)

(571,726)

   CFTC

(202,270)

308,000

171,930

-  

 (136,070)

   Farm Credit Administration

(59,400)

(62,000)

(62,000)

-  

-  

  SUBTOTAL, Related Agencies

           2,457,001

           3,051,965

         2,344,169

       (112,832)

          (707,796)

 TOTAL, SUBCOMMITTEE

(Discretionary)

$19,918,487

$22,289,426

$17,250,000

 $(2,668,487)

$(5,039,426)

 

We are still analyzing the bill and will be monitoring tomorrow’s markup closely. We will provide you with additional information as soon as possible.

 

The Cornerstone Team