Dozens of Farm Bill programs in limbo as bill expires

Zach Hunnicutt drives the grain cart, while his brother Brandon runs the combine in November 2017 (NTV News)

Nearly 40 programs funded by the USDA are in limbo, after the Farm Bill expired. The Congressional Research Service identified dozens of programs, that need new budget authority to continue.

The list includes trade programs, that groups like the National Corn Growers Association say are needed now, like the Foreign Market Development program.

"The biggest concert right now is the FMD funding. Some of that goes away, and right now in this challenging market that we have, anything we can do to help increase exports is beneficial, but if we shut those programs down, that's a concern," said Brandon Hunnicutt, a member of the National Corn Board.

Commodity Programs

Commodity Program Implementation $100 million in FY2014, plus $10 million in each of FY2014 and FY2015 subject to performance

Conservation

Grassroots Source Water Protection $5 million, available until expended

Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive $40 million for FY2014-FY2018

Small Watershed Rehabilitation $250 million in FY2014, available until expended

Terminal Lakes $150 million in FY2014, available until expended

Wetlands Mitigation Banking $10 million, available until expended

Trade

Foreign Market Development Program $34.5 million in each year FY2014-FY2018 172.5

Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops $9 million in each of FY2014-FY2018 45

Nutrition

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, Feasibility Study $1 million in FY2014, available until expended

Pilot Projects to Reduce Dependency and Increase Work Requirements and Work Effort $10 million in FY2014; $190 million in FY2015

Review of Cash Assistance Program in Puerto Rico $1 million in FY2014, available until expended

Retail Food Store and Recipient Trafficking $15 million in FY2014, available until expended

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Pilot Study: $1 million in each of FY2014, FY2015. Pilot: $13.5 million in FY2016, $8.5 million in each of FY2017, FY2018

Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive $35 million for FY2014-FY2015; $20 million for each of FY2016, FY2017; $25 million for FY2018

Pilot Project for Canned, Frozen, or Dried Fruits and Vegetables $5 million

Rural Development

Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance $3 million for each of FY2014-FY2018

Value-added Agricultural Product Market Development Grants $63 million in FY2014, available until expended

Pending Water and Waste Disposal Applications $150 million in FY2014, available until expended

Research and Extension

Organic Agricultural Research and Extension $20 million in each of FY2014-FY2018

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development $20 million in each of FY2014-FY2018, available until expended

Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research $200 million in FY2014, available until expended

Energy

Biobased Markets $3 million for each of FY2014-FY2018

Biorefinery Assistance $100 million in FY2014, plus $50 million in each of FY2015 and FY2016, available until expended

Repowering Assistance $12 million in FY2014, available until expended

Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels $15 million for each of FY2014-FY2018, available until expended

Biodiesel Fuel Education $1 million for each of FY2014-FY2018

Biomass Research and Development $3 million for each of FY2014-FY2017, available until expended

Biomass Crop Assistance $25 million for each of FY2014-FY2018 125

Horticulture

Farmers’ Market and Local Food Promotion $30 million for each of FY2014-FY2018

Organic Production and Market Data Initiative $5 million in FY2014, available until expended

National Organic Program Technology Upgrade $5 million in FY2014, available until expended

National Organic Certification Cost-share $11.5 million for each of FY2014-FY2018, available until expended

Crop Insurance

Crop Insurance Implementation $14 million in FY2014, plus $14 million if targets are reached for each year FY2015-FY2018

Index-based Weather Insurance Pilot $12.5 million for each of FY2015-2018, available until expended

Miscellaneous

Sheep Production and Marketing Grant $1.5 million in FY2014, available until expended

Outreach for Socially Disadvantaged and Veteran Producers $10 million for each of FY2014-FY2018

Pima Cotton Trust Fund $16 million for each of FY2014-FY2018, available until expended

Wool Apparel Manufacturers Trust Fund The lesser of $30 million per year CY2014-CY2019, or the amount determined necessary

Wool Research and Promotion $2.25 million for each of CY2015-FY2019, available until expended

Total 39 programs $2.8 billion

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