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R44441 – FY2017 Agriculture and Related Agencies Appropriations: In Brief – 10/11/2016

Author: Jim Monke, Specialist in Agricultural Policy
Pages: 17

The Agriculture appropriations bill funds the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), except for the Forest Service. It also funds the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and-in even-numbered fiscal years-the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Agriculture appropriations include both mandatory and discretionary spending. Discretionary amounts, though, are the primary focus during the bill’s development, since mandatory amounts are generally set by authorizing laws such as the farm bill. Bills: H.R. 5054, S.2956