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November 14, 2011

Outlook for Agriculture Appropriations

For more information on Newsline, contact: Kari Barbic, Media Specialist, American Farm Bureau Federation, karib@fb.org.

Funding for a variety of federal programs is on the congressional agenda this week. American Farm Bureau Appropriations Specialist R.J. Karney explains what this means to farmers and ranchers. AFBF’s Johnna Miller reports.
Miller:This week the House and Senate are debating their different versions of legislation to provide fiscal-year 2012 appropriations agriculture.
Karney:The agriculture appropriations funds a variety of federal agricultural programs, specifically through USDA, the FDA and other related agencies. These programs include agricultural research and education, natural resources conservation programs, food safety, telecommunications and rural economic and community development. 
Miller:American Farm Bureau Appropriations Specialist R.J. Karney says the process of melding the two versions together will determine the outcome of several important issues.
Karney:AFBF opposes a provision in the Senate bill regarding the use of funds to provide direct payments to persons with an average adjusted gross income in excess of $1 million. In the House bill Farm Bureau opposes a provision that eliminates funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to finalize the proposed Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration rules.
Miller:But Karney says there’s another big reason this legislation is in the news.
Karney:On Friday, November 18th, the previous continuing resolution expires. The continuing resolution provides the funding for the federal government. Another continuing resolution needs to be passed to provide that funding for the federal government to be open. The game plan is the House and Senate will approve the ag appropriations spending bill and attached to that will be a continuing resolution for other programs to continue receiving funding.
Miller:Johnna Miller, Washington.
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