The Senate continues today to debate the agricultural spending bill that provides$19.8 billion in fiscal 2012 discretionary spending authority, a 0.7 percent cut from current spending.


The Senate continues today to debate the agricultural spending bill that provides$19.8 billion in fiscal 2012 discretionary spending authority, a 0.7 percent cut from current spending. 

The agriculture appropriations bill provides funding for a wide array of federal agricultural programs, mostly within the Agriculture Department.

These programs include: agricultural research; education and extension activities; natural resources conservation programs; food safety, marketing and inspection activities; rural economic and community development activities; telecommunications and electrification assistance; and various export and international activities of the USDA.