"The Agriculture and Related Agencies appropriations bill includes all of USDA (except the Forest Service), plus the Food and Drug Administration and in alternating years the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. On September 7, 2011, the Senate Appropriations Committee marked up the FY2012 agriculture appropriations bill (H.R. 2112, S.Rept. 112-73). The House Agriculture appropriations subcommittee reported and passed the bill (H.R. 2112, H.Rept. 112-101) on June 16, 2011. […] The House bill would cut discretionary Agriculture appropriations to $17.25 billion. It also included amendments to prevent funding of blender pumps for ethanol, prevent funding related to the RU-486 abortion pill, prevent food aid to North Korea, and prevent USDA policy implementation on climate change adaption. The Senate bill would cut discretionary Agriculture appropriations to $19.8 billion. The Senate bill's discretionary total is higher than the House's in areas such as: domestic nutrition programs, foreign assistance, FDA, agricultural research, rural development, and fewer rescissions and farm bill limitations. […] The FY2012 bills from both the Senate and the House propose an unusually high reduction to mandatory farm bill programs."
CRS Report for Congress, R41964
National Agricultural Law Center: http:// www.nationalaglawcenter.org/