Funding for USDA programs in the FY2018 omnibus appropriations bill

Late last week, Congress passed an omnibus funding package to cover the remainder of the current federal fiscal year (FY2018). The package maintains current funding levels for formula funds for land-grant universities in the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) budget, including Hatch Act experiment station funds and McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry funds.

The omnibus bill includes a slight increase of $25 million for competitive grants through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative program, as well as $5 million for a pilot program to provide NIFA grants to nonprofit organizations that enhance farming opportunities for military veterans. It also sets an indirect cost recovery rate of 30% for NIFA competitive grants and maintains the prohibition on indirect cost recovery for extension implementation program area grants.

The UW–Madison Office of Federal Relations recent shared a broader summary of the FY2018 funding bill. Read it here. FY2018 runs through Sept. 30, 2018.   

Omnibus Appropriations Summary of Land-Grant University NIFA Priorities ($Millions)

Priority FY 17 Enacted FY 18  Final Difference
Smith-Lever 3(b)-(c) 300.000 300.000 0.000
Hatch-Act 243.701 243.701 0.000
Evans-Allen (1890s Research) 54.185 54.185 0.000
1890 Institutions Extension 45.620 45.620 0.000
McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry 33.961 33.961 0.000
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative 375.000 400.000 25.000
Total 1,058.714 1,077.467