Congress passes FY 2015 Omnibus appropriations

After intense debates about funding levels and policy riders, the House and Senate have come to agreement and passed a spending measure.

After intense debates about funding levels and policy riders, the House and Senate have come to agreement and passed a spending measure that will fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2015.  While the bill garnered bipartisan support, it also had bipartisan opposition, leading to close votes in both chambers.

Agriculture research was largely level funded in the bill, with the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative being the only program receiving a significant increase from $316 million to $325 million. 

The newly expanded Section 1433 program, which, thanks to the 2014 Farm Bill, now includes a competitive grants mechanism, received $ 4 million.  That is the same amount as last year, and insufficient to kick-in the new competitive program. 

A copy of the agriculture portion of the omnibus can be found here.

Below is a table summarizing the final numbers for selected USDA research related accounts:

Selected Agriculture Appropriations Accounts

Account

FY 2014 - Enacted

FY 2015 – President’s Budget

FY 2015 - Omnibus

Agricultural Research Service

$1.122 billion

$1.104 billion

$1.132 billion

NIFA Research and Education

$772 million

$837 million

$787 million

                Hatch

$244 million

$244 million

$244 million

                AFRI

$316 million

$325 million

$325 million

                Expanded 

               Section 1433

$4 million

$0

$4 million

(NEW)     Innovation

                 Institutes

$0

$75 million

$0

NIFA Extension Activities

$469 million

$468 million

$472 million

                Smith Lever

$300 million

$300 million

$300 million

NIFA Integrated Activities

$35 million

$29 million

$30.9 million

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