On May 19, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations Bill, which is the committee’s recommendations for the 2017 USDA budget. While most lines are flat-funded, meaning their budget allocations remain the same, there are some exceptions:
- Funding for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative is increased by $25M.
- Capacity building grants for non land-grand institutions are zeroed out.
- The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program gets a small boost.
- USDA Grants Admin gets a significant boost. This will help enable Program Leaders to travel and host annual PI meetings, as they historically have done.
Floor consideration for both the House and Senate versions of the FY 2017 Agriculture Appropriations Bill could occur before the July/August Congressional Recess.
The following table, distributed by The Cornerstone Team, provides the complete NIFA account level detail.