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.