Congressional Agriculture News: June 13-17, 2011

Congressional Agriculture News From the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: Week of June 13-17 2011. House of Representatives Passes FY 2012 Agriculture Funding Bill: On Thursday, June 16, the House of Representatives passed its fiscal year (FY) 2012 agriculture appropriations bill by a 217-203 vote, with all Democrats and 19 Republicans voting no. Read more... House Votes to Curtail Local and Regional Farm and Food Systems: A few weeks ago, the House Appropriations Committee released its FY 2012 bill for agriculture spending.  The report language included attacks on USDA’s Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Initiative as well as the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) priority for local and regional food systems. Read more... Conflicting Congressional Action on Ethanol Subsidies: This week the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives debated and voted on measures addressing ethanol subsidies with contradictory results. Read more...

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