Budget & Appropriations

budgetASA Positions

  • ASA supports a balanced approach to reducing federal deficits in which agriculture pays its fair share, but does not bear a disproportionate burden
  • In FY2013, ASA supports the appropriation of $298 million for the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI); full funding for USDA working lands conservation programs; not less than $1.9 billion to fund international food assistance programs; $200 million for Market Access Program and $34.5 million for the Foreign Market Development Program
  • ASA is concerned about large and disproportionate cuts in the House agricultural appropriations bill to key programs, including agricultural research, conservation programs, and international food assistance programs

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ASA realizes the fiscal landscape the nation faces, and is committed to doing our share to reduce our federal deficit, provided those cuts are made proportionately. There are many programs, however, that remain vital to the sustained success of American soybean farmers.

The Agricultural and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) is the nation’s premier competitive, peer-reviewed research program for fundamental and applied sciences in agriculture. Research needs for soybeans are significant, including research to functionalize the soybean genome sequence to increase yield in order to fulfill demand for protein and oil. The 2008 Farm Bill authorized AFRI funding of $700 million annually by 2012. ASA strongly supports agricultural research and recognizes that AFRI funding has fallen well short of authorized levels. AFRI was funded at $264 million for FY-2012. The Senate FY-2013 Agricultural Appropriations bill provides a 13% increase to $298 million; the House version provides $276.5 million.

Conservation programs on working lands are also something for which ASA supports full funding, especially the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The Senate FY-2013 Agricultural Appropriations bill protects CSP but cuts EQIP by $350 million. The House version also cuts $350 million from EQIP, as well as $75 million from CSP.

ASA firmly believes that American farmers play a significant role in alleviating world hunger, and ASA strongly supports all U.S. food assistance programs. For FY-2013, ASA supports not less than $1.65 billion in total food assistance funding, including $184 million for the McGovern-Dole Global Food for Education Program, and $1.466 billion for P.L. 480 Title II.

Finally, export promotion programs play a large role in the development of foreign markets for American soybeans. For FY-2013, ASA supports: $200 million for the Market Access Program (MAP), and $34.5 million for the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program.

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