HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE RECOMMENDS FUNDING INCREASE FOR AGRICULTURE RESEARCH Created by on 06/19/2012
The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee approved its fiscal year (FY) 2013 Agriculture Appropriations bill on June 6th. Although the bill text does not detail a specific budget amount for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the program is expected to be funded at a level of $276.5 million.This would be a $12 million (4.5 percent) increase over the enacted FY 2012 level of $264.5 million and $48.5 million below the President’s FY 2013 request of $325 million. The AFRI funding recommendation from the House subcommittee is $21.5 million below the $298 million AFRI budget approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 26th.
There was no mention of agricultural research during the brief subcommittee mark-up of the House bill. Complete bill text and opening statements of House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Jack Kingston (R-GA) are available on the subcommittee’s website. A full committee mark-up of the FY 2013 House Agriculture Appropriations bill is scheduled for June 19th.