Senate Approps Subcommittee Passes Ag Spending Bill

The Senate Ag Appropriations Subcommittee approved the FY 2007 ag appropriations bill.

The Senate Ag Appropriations Subcommittee approved the FY 2007 ag appropriations bill. The legislation provides for $18.2 billion in discretionary funds and $76.379 billion in mandatory funds (including farm program payments and food stamps). Key items include:

  • Food Safety and Inspection Service -- $865.905 million, an increase of $36.527 million over FY '06.
  • Animal Plant and Health Inspection Service -- funded at $900.423 million
  • Ag Marketing Service -- funded at $101.429 million.
  • Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration -- funded at $38.737 million.
  • Avian influenza programs -- fully funded at $56.730 million.
  • Resource conservation and development program -- funded at $50.7 million.
  • Wetlands Reserve Program -- authorized at 250,000 acres.
  • Child nutrition programs -- funded at $13.654 billion.
  • Commodity Assistance Program -- $179.366 million.
  • Market Access Program -- fully funded at $200 million.
  • Foreign Market Development -- fully funded at $34.5 million
  • No user fees for meat and poultry inspection.
  • Requests a Government Accountability Office report on USDA's animal ID program.
-- P. Scott Shearer, Washington, D.C., correspondent
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