Friday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that several Missouri priories were included in the FY2022 Agriculture and Energy and Water Development funding bills. The bills were approved by the Appropriations Committee by a vote of 25 to 5.
The following are some (but not all) of the things included in the bills.
Agricultural Research: The bill provides $3.6 billion to support agricultural research conducted by the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). This investment will support research, education, and extension activities at the University of Missouri, Missouri State University, Northwest Missouri State University, Lincoln University, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s ARS facility in Columbia.
Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: The bill includes $445 million for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, a $10 million increase over FY2021.
Livestock Genetic Research: The bill includes an additional $3 million for ARS to conduct livestock genetic research.
Farm Service Agency (FSA): The legislation includes nearly $1.2 billion for various farm, conservation, and emergency loan programs that Missouri farmers and ranchers rely upon, an increase of $35.4 million above the FY2021 enacted level. The bill also prohibits the closure of FSA county offices.
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