Ag appropriations bill passes Senate

Senate Approves Ag Appropriations Bill
By National Association of Wheat Growers

The Senate approved its version of the fiscal year 2012 agriculture appropriations bill this week. The measure was incorporated into what has become known as a “minibus” – a combination of multiple appropriations bills that is supposed to move through the Senate process more quickly than a full omnibus that incorporates all 12 regular bills. In general, the Senate-passed agriculture bill cut programs less than the House bill, which was draconian in some of its provisions. Agriculture research, conservation and food aid programs all fared better under the Senate bill, while trade promotion programs including the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program were at authorized levels in both bills. NAWG will work with Congressional leaders and coalition partners as the bill’s conference begins to ensure any cuts to key programs don’t undermine their functioning.

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