Congressional appropriators yesterday released an omnibus appropriations bill to fund the government for the rest of Fiscal Year 2014, including funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and related agencies. The bill is expected to begin moving through the House this week, and must pass both the House and Senate before being sent to the President for his signature. Highlights include:
- A $1 million increase in funding for the National Organic Program (NOP) to bring annual budget to $8 million
- $4,000,000 for the Organic Transitions Integrated Research Program (ORG)
- $2,250,000 for the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to complete its Organic Production Survey
- Report language directing USDA to issue organic price elections for crop insurance
- Report language commending the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its decision to revise its draft Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules in response to comments, and directing FDA to ensure that its implementation of the FSMA is economically feasible
- $20,000,000 for the Animal Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for control, management and associated activities related to citrus greening.
For further information, contact Marni Karlin, OTA’s Director for Legislative and Legal Affairs.