July 16, 2004
July 16, 2004 -- The final FY 2005 Agricultural Appropriations bill passed in the U.S. House of Representative this week.
The House of Representatives also defeated by an overwhelming margin of 347 to 72 an amendment presented by Reps. Steve Chabot (R-OH) and Ed Royce (R-CA) that would have eliminated funding for the Market Access Program (MAP). MAP funds are used to create export opportunities overseas for American agriculture. The American Sheep Industry Association utilizes MAP funds to share the costs of overseas marketing and promotional activities to endorse the wool program.
Key programs included in the FY 2005 appropriations bill include stable or increased funding for Wildlife Services, scrapie eradication and wool research.
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33