From the Document: "The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 authorized large increases in mandatory funding for several agricultural conservation programs. Since FY2002, Congress has acted, through the appropriations process, to limit funding for some of these programs below authorized levels. It limited funding for all these programs, combined, to 97.6% of the authorized total in FY2003, 93.1% in FY2004, and 89.5% in FY2005. Program supporters decry these growing reductions as changes that increasingly compromise the intent of the farm bill. Others counter that, even with these reductions, funding for these programs continues to grow, from almost $3.1 billion in FY2003 to more than $3.8 billion in FY2005. This report reviews the funding history of these programs since the 2002 farm bill was enacted. It will be updated periodically."
CRS Report for Congress, RS22243