Final federal appropriations for current fiscal year signed into law

On February 15, 2019, President Donald Trump signed into law appropriations legislation for FY19, the current federal fiscal year, completing the appropriation process for all agencies. Here are a few highlights related to USDA funding that supports CALS programs through USDA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) competitive grants, formula funds that support Hatch grant, Extension’s Smith-Lever programs and more:

  • AFRI: $415 million ($15 million increase from FY18)
  • Hatch: $259 million ($15.3 million increase from FY18)
  • McIntire-Stennis: $36 million ($2 million increase from FY18)
  • Smith-Lever 3(b) and 3(c): $315 million ($15 million increase from FY18)
  • SARE: $37 million ($2 million increase from FY18)
  • Economic Research Service: $86.76 million (level with FY18)

The spending bill also includes $1 million in increased funding for cranberry research and $1.25 million to support Genomes to Fields research at UW-Madison and language supporting the new Genome to Phenome Initiative included in the 2018 Farm Bill.

The conference agreement also includes language expressing concern regarding the proposed ERS/NIFA move to a state outside of the Washington, DC metro area, sending a the USDA Secretary that Congress does not support the move.

Read the summary of conference report
Read the joint explanatory agreement. A table summarizing all NIFA accounts is on page 102 of the joint explanatory agreement.