Yesterday, the US Senate Appropriations Committee marked-up the FY 2012 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies bill. This legislation funds NRCS Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) and Farm Bill conservation programs.
The Committee approved a $19.78 billion FY 2012 spending bill, which is $138 million below FY 2011 levels but $2.7 billion above the House passed FY 2012 Agriculture Appropriations bill. The Senate’s version also provides $828 million for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, as compared to $871 million in FY 2011. While still a decline in funds, these cuts were not as severe as the version passed by the House earlier this summer.
As always, IASCD encourages you to contact our Senators to share with them the importance of the conservation title in the upcoming Farm Bill. Also, share some of the projects that have made positive impacts to natural resources in Idaho.
For further information, please read the Committee’s press release regarding passage of the FY ’12 Ag Appropriations bill.