Tag Archives: USDA

Senators Voice Support for Agricultural Research at Two Hearings

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue expressed his support for a number of the department’s programs during a Senate Agricultural Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on June 13. He testified on the Trump Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget request of for the Department of Agriculture (USDA).  In his opening statement, Subcommittee Chairman John Hoeven (R-ND) stated concern… Read More »

Special Report: President Donald J. Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request

The White House Office of Management and Budget on May 23 released the Trump Administration’s fiscal year (FY) 2018 budget proposal. Titled “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” the budget balances over ten years, reduces the debt as a percentage of GDP to the lowest level since 2010, and increases funding for defense by cutting… Read More »

Up-to-date data on science funding in your state and district

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) released updated information on the federal investment in research in states and districts in the United States. The factsheets, which specify local funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, United States Department of Agriculture, and Department of Energy, now contain data from fiscal… Read More »

USDA removes, then returns records to its website

In a confusing series of events, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) first removed all regulatory correspondence, research facility annual reports, and enforcement records from its website, then returned many of the same documents online in response to public outcry. According to APHIS, all records pertaining to… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Congress Passes Bill Funding Government Through December; Legislators Return to the Campaign Trail; Busy Lame Duck Session Expected After November Elections After resolving a protracted dispute over resources to clean up the contaminated water supply in Flint, Michigan, Congress finally passed a “continuing resolution” (CR) to keep the government operating beyond the start of fiscal… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

Senate Approves First 2017 Spending Bill; Appropriations Committee Passes Funding Legislation for Agriculture Research and the National Science Foundation; Negotiations Continue on Medical Innovations Bill; Agencies Receive Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Instructions Work on the fiscal year (FY) 2017 budget continued on Capitol Hill as spending bills supporting funding for agriculture and veterans research and… Read More »

FASEB Identifies Ways to Reduce Burden at USDA

On May 5, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) responded to a Request for Information (RFI) issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on identifying and reducing regulatory burdens. The RFI sought feedback from the community on USDA regulations that could be modified, expanded, streamlined, or repealed to make their… Read More »