On December 16, 2014, the President signed the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 83) which provides annual funding for the Federal government including the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
H.R. 83 provides $1.29 billion in discretionary spending for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) which is about $12 million above the FY 2014 Appropriations.
The attached table provides program funding information and a comparison of the FY 2014 Consolidated Appropriations, FY 2015 President’s Budget, and FY 2015 Consolidated Appropriations funding levels. The table also includes mandatory funding provided by the 2014 Farm Bill, H.R. 2642, the Agricultural Act of 2014.
The FY 2015 Act funds the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) at $325 million and directs that not less than 15 percent of the competitive research grant funds be used for agricultural research enhancement awards program, including EPSCoR. The AFRI matching requirements that were in effect immediately before the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted (such as the match for applied research that is commodity-specific and not of national scope; and match for equipment grants) apply in FY 2015. The Act also allows 5 percent of AFRI funds for support of NIFA’s administrative costs.
The Act provides $2.5 million for the new Food Safety Outreach Program. Most other programs are funded at the FY 2014 level with slight increases for Veterinary Medical Services Act, Grants for Insular Areas, Methyl Bromide Transition, Crop Protection/Pest Management, Regional Rural Development Centers, and Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative programs. The Act does not include funding for Critical Agricultural Materials and Water Quality programs.
NIFA begins on page 10 of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 83)
Committee Reports can be found at the following links on Congress.gov (click on the link for NIFA):
- House Committee Report 113-468 (see page 14 for NIFA information in the PDF version)
- Senate Committee Report 113-164 (see page 20 for NIFA information in the PDF version)
- Conference Report: An excerpt from the Joint Explanatory Statement on final passage is attached.