On May 31, the Committee on Appropriations in the U.S. House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2012 (FY12) agriculture spending bill, which included more than $1 billion in cuts for farm conservation programs with “mandatory” funding levels, reports the Wildlife Management Institute. The cuts in the 2012 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Related Agencies Appropriations Act come on top of a $500-million cut to these programs that was included in the final fiscal year 2011 continuing resolution last month. Overall, the bill proposes to cut U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and FDA discretionary programs by 13.4 percent. This is in addition to a reduction of nearly the same amount that was passed in the FY11 bill.
Read the full article on the Wildlife Management Institute web site.