SENATE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS $298 MILLION FOR AGRICULTURE AND FOOD RESEARCH INITIATIVE Created by on 05/01/2012
On April 26th, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed its fiscal year (FY) 2013 Agriculture appropriations bill by a vote of 28-1. The bill includes $298 million for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), the competitive grants program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This is a $33 million (12.5 percent) increase over the enacted FY 2012 level of $265 million and $27 million below the President’s FY 2013 request of $325 million. In addition, the committee approved $1.239 billion for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the agency which oversees AFRI.
In opening statements before the committee, Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Ranking Member Roy Blunt (R-MO) both expressed support for agricultural research and noted the bill’s emphasis on investment in AFRI.Senator Blunt stated, “Sound agricultural research is the cornerstone to success for all aspects of the agriculture industry.” Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) was the only member of the committee to vote against the bill. A subcommittee mark-up of the Senate Agriculture bill did not take place this year. The opening remarks of Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI)
, a summary
of the bill, and an audio-only webcast
of the committee deliberations are available on the Appropriations Committee website