Ag Appropriations Process Begins
May 23, 2014

The House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittees both met this week and approved their respective versions of the fiscal year 2015 Agriculture Appropriations Bill.

As approved by both subcommittees, the legislation includes full funding of $200 million for Foreign Agricultural Service's Market Access Program and $34.5 million for Foreign Market Development Program, as authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. These cost-effective programs have helped build and maintain overseas markets, protect and create American jobs, strengthen farm income and counter increasingly strong government-supported advantages afforded international competitors.

The Senate version funds Wildlife Services operations at $90 million, up from $87.4 million last year. The line item for Equine, Cervid and Small Ruminant Health under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service received a small boost to $19.6 million.

The Senate Appropriations Committee was scheduled to meet this week to consider the legislation, and the House Appropriations Committee could mark up its bill next week.