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

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

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

R44119 – U.S. Agricultural Trade with Cuba: Current Limitations and Future Prospects – 9/21/2016

R44119 – U.S. Agricultural Trade with Cuba: Current Limitations and Future Prospects – 9/21/2016 published on

Author: Mark A. McMinimy, Analyst in Agricultural Policy
Pages: 17

This report reviews the current state of agricultural trade between the United States and Cuba, identifies key impediments to expanding bilateral trade in agricultural products, identifies key provisions in the law to which these obstacles are anchored, and considers the potential consequences for trade in agricultural goods in the event that the current thaw in diplomatic relations was to be extended more broadly so that bilateral trade was returned to a more normal footing. It also summarizes several of the bills introduced in the 114th Congress that propose to remove specific restrictions that impede trade in agricultural goods or that seek to lift the embargo on Cuba entirely. Bills: H.R. 274, H.R. 403, H.R. 735, H.R. 635, H.R. 3238, H.R. 3687

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