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House Appropriations Agriculture Subcommittee passes FY2012 funding bill

The total funding amount for USDA and FDA is $17.25 billion. the Agricultural Marketing Service, which contains the National Organic Program (NOP), was cut by over $9 million.

May 31, 2011

The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture passed the Fiscal Year 2012 funding bill and posted the report language listing specific funding information. The total funding amount for USDA and FDA is $17.25 billion, $2.669 billion less than Fiscal Year 2011 and $5.039 billion less than the President's requested amount. The Agricultural Marketing Service, which contains the National Organic Program (NOP), was cut by over $9 million. The report does direct, however, continued funding of NOP at Fiscal Year 2011 levels or more. The report assigns $4 million for the Organic Integrated Transition Research Program (ORG) and $2 million for the Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas Program (ATTRA). Research and conservation programs sustained deep cuts in the bill. The full House Appropriations Committee met on May 31st to mark up the agriculture bill and posted a video on the news room page.

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