December 21, 2007
December 21, 2007 - The House and Senate agreed to an omnibus appropriations package this week that includes funding of U.S. Department of Agriculture programs for fiscal year 2008.
Several of the sheep priorities that the American Sheep Industry Association has been able to confirm to date include $18.1 million for the scrapie eradication program; Wildlife Services operations received $75.45 million; and wool research was granted $220,000. Essentially all program line items were reduced from this summer's committee-approved amounts in the waning hours of this appropriations effort. Reductions of 3 percent to 25 percent have been noted.
This legislation also includes language that authorizes many of the 2002 Farm Bill programs into March 2008, in order to allow the continued operation of programs until Congress is able to finalize the new Farm Bill in February or March.
The President has indicated he will sign the bill. Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33