The conference report on Agriculture appropriations increases discretionary spending by 14 percent ($2.8 billion) compared with the 2009 enacted (scored) level. The measure, H.R. 2997, provides $23.3 billion in new fiscal year 2010 budget authority [BA], and $17.7 billion in outlays. This follows an addition of $26.5 billion in 2009 for the programs funded in this bill in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The legislation – formally the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations bill – also includes $99.6 billion in mandatory budget authority (including spending from previously enacted legislation), and $89.1 billion in outlays, for various direct spending programs, including food stamps, child nutrition, and crop insurance.
The conference report mainly provides funding for all Department of Agriculture programs and activities (except for the Forest Service), including agriculture research, food and nutrition assistance, rural housing and development. It also funds the Food and Drug Administration and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Read the full report here.