Farm bill’s beauty in eye of beholder

02/03/2014 04:59:00 PM
Tom Karst

Title X – Horticulture

Export Apple Act – Included in final conference report

Specialty Crop Block Grants – Funding will include $72.5 million in FY 2014-2017 and $85 million in FY 2018. Includes multi-state funding project to be established by USDA. Also includes language that incorporates research into multi-state projects.

Farmers Market Promotion Program – Includes $30 million per year for FMPP.

Produce Safety Education – Included in conference report

Market News – Included in final conference report

Plant Pest and Disease Program – Includes mandatory funding of $62.5 million in FY 2014-2017 and $75 million in FY2018. Also includes at a minimum $5 million dedicated to the Clean Plant Network

Biological Opinions –Requires a 6-month and 12-month study.

Labor Standards – Included in final conference report.

Administrative Cap – Applies an administrative cost cap on all Title X programs

Title XI – Crop Insurance

Food Safety Feasibility Study – Included in final conference report

Safeguard Provisions – Included in final conference agreement


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