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SPECIAL REPORT: Agriculture Appropriations Conference Report and California Implications  --  December 17, 2001


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Analysis of the Conference Report (H.Rpt. 107-275) is to accompany H.R. 2330, the FY 2002 Appropriations measure for the Department of Agriculture and Related Agencies. The following is a quick analysis of the conference report from a California perspective as prepared by the California Institute. We apologize for any errors or omissions in our discussion of these documents, and would appreciate any input/feedback on how to make improving corrections.

AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH SERVICE - BUILDING AND FACILITIES

The conferees direct the Agricultural Research Service to fund the following California buildings and facilities projects in fiscal year 2002:

Western Nutrition Research Center, Davis;

Western Regional Research Center, Albany.

COOPERATIVE STATE RESEARCH, EDUCATION, AND EXTENSION SERVICE RESEARCH AND EDUCATION ACTIVITIES

The conference agreement provides $542,062,000 for research and education activities with Special Research Grants awarded to the following California applications:

Exotic Pest Disease, $1,600,000

Ozone Air Quality, $400,000

Pierce’s Disease, $1,960,000

Sustainable Agriculture, $400,000

Viticulture Consortium (with NY and PA), $1,600,000

EMERGING PLANT PESTS

Invasive weeds and other pests species cost the U.S. over $122 billion per year. The conference report provides that no less than $8,500,000 be set aside for activities related to combating the Glassy-winged sharpshooter, a vector for Pierce’s Disease, which has devastated vineyards in Southern California and threatens the entire grape and wine industry..

FRUIT FLY EXCLUSION AND DETECTION

The conference agreement includes funds to address the inequity in the distribution of funds for fruit fly trappings in California and Florida by increasing the California program by $4,000,000.

CONSERVATION OPERATIONS

$375,000 is provided for California agricultural enhancement/open space programs as well as $350,000 (CA/NV) to fund the Lake Tahoe Basin Soil Conservation Project.

RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

The conference report provides the Office of the Under Secretary for Rural Development with $623,000, an increase of $19,000 above the amount available for fiscal year 2001 to fund national rural development programs. Consideration is to be given to the following California organizations or projects requesting assistance under the Rural Community Advancement Program and other rural development programs:

The International Agri-Canter, Inc in Tulare, California

Regional Health Center building project by the Community Medical Centers of Fresno, California

CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAMS

The conferees recommend that the Secretary of Food and Nutrition continue to fund the pilot program with the Alisal Union School District in Salinas, California. This program is designed to combine the administration of the summer food service program, and the school lunch program.

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Language is included that provides that the City of Coachella shall be eligible for loans and grants provided through the Rural Community Advancement Program.

The conference agreement finds that the City of Hollister, CA meets the requirements of a rural area for the purposes of housing programs in the rural development mission areas of the Department of Agriculture. Additionally, Hollister, CA is eligible to receive grants and loans from the Rural Housing Service.

 

 

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