AFBF submitted a statement for the record to the House and Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture regarding agricultural appropriations for fiscal year 2017. The statement outlines several areas for funding, including opposition to reopening the 2014 farm bill; programs that promote biotechnology and animal health; research priorities; programs that expand international markets and safeguard U.S. agriculture; programs that enhance and improve food safety and protection; programs that ensure crop protection tools; programs that strengthen rural communities and rural housing; programs that support wildlife services; and programs that encourage renewable energy.
The agriculture appropriations bill provides funding for a wide array of federal 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 conducted by the agency.