|Sponsor||Rep. Lucas, Frank|
|Date||June 18, 2013 (113th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Ed Bedard|
On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, the House will begin consideration of H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, under a rule. H.R. 1947 was introduced on May 13, 2013 by Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK), Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, and has one cosponsor. H.R. 1947 was marked up by the House Committee on Agriculture on May 15, 2013 and ordered reported by a vote of 36-10. The bill had a sequential referral to both the House Committees on Judiciary and Foreign Affairs. The Committee on Judiciary voice voted H.R. 1947 on June 6, 2013 and the Committee on Foreign Affairs discharged the bill on June 10, 2013.
According to the Committee Report, H.R. 1947 accomplishes the following:
Reference price Units Current law H.R. 1947 as amended
Wheat Bu 4.17 5.50
Rice Cwt 10.50 14.00
Corn Bu 2.63 3.70
Oats Bu 1.79 2.40
Barley 1 Bu 2.63 4.95
Sorghum Bu 2.63 3.95
Cotton Lb 0.7125 n/a
Peanuts Ton 495 535
Soybeans Bu 6.00 8.40
Other Oilseeds Cwt 12.68 20.15
Dry Peas Cwt 8.32 11.00
Lentils Cwt 12.81 19.97
Small Chickpeas Cwt 10.36 19.04
Large Chickpeas Cwt 12.81 21.54
TITLE VI--RURAL DEVELOPMENT
TITLE VII--RESEARCH, EXTENSION, AND RELATED MATTERS
TITLE XI--CROP INSURANCE
According to the Committee on Agriculture, H.R. 1947 is the product of nearly three years of work, including 46 hearings and audits, proposals to the deficit reduction committee, and committee consideration and passage of legislation. The legislation cuts more than $40 billion from commodity and nutrition programs, including $20.5 billion from the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), eliminates the Direct Payment program and reforms commodity programs saving $14 billion and saves an additional $6.9 billion by consolidating 23 conservation programs to 13 programs. Finally, the bill provides additional regulatory relief to farmers. 
The Farm bill was last reauthorized in 2008 and expired on September 30, 2012. According to CRS, “[I]t contains 15 titles covering support for commodity crops, horticulture and livestock production, conservation, nutrition, trade and food aid, agricultural research, farm credit, rural development, energy, forestry, and other related programs. It also includes provisions that make certain changes to tax laws, in order to offset some new spending initiatives in the final bill. The enacted bill succeeds the most recent 2002 farm bill and is to guide most federal farm and food policies through 2012. Many provisions of the 2002 farm bill expired in September 2007, but were extended under a series of temporary extensions prior to final enactment of the 2008 bill.”
As mentioned above, the 2008 farm bill expired on September 30, 2013 and farm commodity programs were supposed to begin reverting to an outdated and expensive "permanent law" on January 1, 2013. However, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended all the 2008 farm bill provisions that were in effect on September 30, 2012, for one year until September 30, 2013. For those farm commodity programs that are on a different calendar, the extension includes the 2013 crop year, for which certain authorizations for dairy programs continues until December 31, 2013.
There is no net cost to the extension because mandatory funding continuing most of the major farm bill programs was already in the budget baseline, such as for the farm commodity, conservation, trade, and nutrition programs. Crop insurance is permanently authorized.
 See id at p. 174.
 See H.R. 2419, the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Roll Call No. 756, Roll Call No. 315, and Roll Call No. 346) and H.R. 6124, the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Roll Call No. 353 and Roll Call No. 417).
 See id.
“CBO estimates that direct spending stemming from the program authorizations in H.R. 1947 would total $939 billion over the 2014-2023 period. That 10-year total reflects the bill’s authorization of expiring programs through 2018 and an extension of those authorizations through 2023, consistent with the rules governing baseline projections that are specified in the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.
Relative to spending projected under CBO’s May 2013 baseline, CBO estimates that enacting the bill would reduce direct spending by $33.4 billion over the 2014-2023 time period. The estimated budgetary effects of H.R. 1947 are summarized in Table 1.
Assuming appropriation of the specified and necessary amounts, CBO also estimates that implementing the bill would result in discretionary spending of $27.3 billion over the 2014-2018 period and $33.2 billion over the 2014-2023 period. Further details of that estimate for discretionary spending are displayed in Table 3.
H.R. 1947 contains no intergovernmental mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA). In general, state, local, and tribal governments would benefit from the continuation of existing agricultural assistance and the creation of new grant programs.
The bill would impose private-sector mandates as defined in UMRA. The aggregate cost of those mandates could exceed the annual threshold established in UMRA for private-sector mandates ($150 million in 2013, adjusted annually for inflation), depending on the extent of regulations that might be implemented by the Department of Agriculture. Specifically:
On May 23, 2013, CBO transmitted a cost estimate for H.R. 1947, as ordered reported by the House Committee on Agriculture on May 15, 2013. The version of H.R. 1947 ordered reported by the Judiciary Committee is different than the Agriculture Committee’s version. CBO estimates that the Judiciary Committee’s version of H.R. 1947 would:
The Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 establishes budget-reporting and enforcement procedures for legislation affecting direct spending or revenues. Enacting H.R. 1947 would affect direct spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. The net change in outlays that are subject to those pay-as-you-go procedures are shown in Table 4.” 
1) Rep. McGovern (D-MA) Amendment #146 - (REVISED) Restores the $20.5 billion cuts in SNAP by offsetting the Farm Risk Management Election Program and the Supplemental Coverage Option.
2) Reps. Gibbs (R-OH) and Kind (D-WI) Amendment #3 - Sets the target price for all crops at 55 percent of the five year rolling Olympic average. The amendment also changes the acreage available for target price support to 85 percent of the farmer’s base acres.
3) Rep. Foxx (R-NC) Amendment #79 - Caps spending on the Farm Risk Management Election program at 110% of CBO-predicted levels for the first five (5) years in which payments are disbursed (FY 2016 – 2020).
4) Rep. Ellison (D-MN) Amendment #188 - Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to complete a study on the climate impacts of the Price Loss Coverage program.
5) Rep. Broun (R-GA) Amendment #62 - Repeals permanent law from the Agriculture Act of 1949 that pertains to dairy support. Prevents the currently suspended law from becoming reactivated should Congress not reauthorize programs under the Department of Agriculture.
6) Rep. Enyart (D-IL) Amendment #33 - Establishes a revenue neutral National Drought Council and a National Drought Policy Action Plan to streamline the federal response in times of drought.
7) Rep. Graves (R-GA) Amendment #83 - Ensures that corn growers who sell their crop for ethanol production may not receive farm payments. Prohibits a producer on a farm that sells corn, directly or through a third party, to an ethanol production facility from receiving any farm bill payments or benefits.
8) Reps. Blumenauer (D-OR), Capps (D-CA), and Moran (D-VA) Amendment #73 - Requires that twenty percent of the acreage enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program be set aside for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program and the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program, which allows states to target high priority and environmentally sensitive land, and to continuously re-enroll that land in CRP.
9) Reps. Blumenauer (D-OR), Huffman (D-CA), and Moran (D-VA) Amendment #74 - Reforms the Environmental Quality Incentives Program to increase access for farmers, and eliminate payments to projects that do not show strong conservation benefits.
10) Rep. Lujan (D-NM) Amendment #69 - (Revised) Allows small-scale Hispanic irrigators to be eligible EQIP funding.
11) Rep. Thompson (D-MS) Amendment #88 - Makes the ownership eligibility requirement for Wetland Reserve Program equal to other conservation programs by returning the 7-year ownership rule to 1 year, eliminates a percentage of the funds dedicated for Wetland Reserve Programs agricultural easements, and allows owners of land capability classes IV - VIII, with subclass designation w, from the Wetlands Reserve county/parish caps.
12) Rep. Gardner (R-CO) Amendment #119 - Specifies that the Secretary should give priority consideration for the use of Emergency Watershed Protection funding for those areas seeking assistance to protect public safety from flooding and repair damaged infrastructure caused by catastrophic wildfires. The Emergency Watershed Protection Program which undertakes emergency measures for runoff retardation and soil erosion prevention to protect lives and property whenever a natural occurrence has caused a sudden impairment of a watershed.
13) Reps. Thompson (D-CA) and Fortenberry (R-NE) Amendment #28 - Requires a conservation compliance plan be filed with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and followed for all crops in wetlands and all annually tilled crops on highly erodible lands in order to qualify for crop insurance premium subsidy assistance.
14) Rep. Hastings (D-FL) Amendment #129 - Improves federal coordination in addressing the documented decline of managed and native pollinators and promotes the long-term viability of honey bee, wild bees, and other beneficial insects in agriculture.
15) Reps. Royce (R-CA) and Engel (D-NY) Amendment #55 - Reforms U.S. international food aid to allow for not more than 45 percent of authorized funds to be used for assistance other than U.S. agricultural commodities, yielding $215 million in annual efficiency savings, enabling the U.S. to reach an additional 4 million disaster victims. Curtails the practice of “monetization” which, according to the GAO, is inefficient and led to a loss of $219 million over three years. Reductions in mandatory spending result in $150 million in deficit reduction over the life of the bill.
16) Reps. Chabot (R-OH) and McClintock (R-CA) Amendment #43 - Repeals Sec. 3102, which reauthorizes the Market Access Program (MAP) until 2018.
17) Rep. Titus (D-NV) Amendment #56 - Continues USDA’s Hunger-Free Communities grant program, which has been included in the Senate Farm Bill. The program was created to foster collaborative public-private partnership efforts at the community level to root out and address the causes of hunger and help increase community access to nutritious foods.
18) Rep. Brooks (R-AL) Amendment #178 - (REVISED) Terminates funding for the Emerging Markets Program (EMP) after September 30, 2013. The EMP provides funding for technical assistance activities intended to promote exports of U.S. agricultural commodities and products to emerging markets around the world.
19) Rep. Castor (D-FL) Amendment #122 - Seeks to ensure that Department of Agriculture certificates of origin are accepted by any country that has entered into a free trade agreement with the United States.
20) Rep. Messer (R-IN) Amendment #128 - Ensures that increased oversight of the Restaurant Meals Program is achieved in the most cost-effective manner. Would require states to include, in a report that already is required by the bill, information on the cost and impact of security measures prescribed by the Secretary and recommendations for additional or alternative security enhancements to prevent fraud and ensure that only eligible recipients are participating in the program in the most cost effective manner.
21) Rep. Grimm (R-NY) Amendment #121 - (REVISED) Amends Sec. 4016 by specifying that at least one such pilot program shall be conducted in a large urban area that administers its own SNAP program and otherwise complies with the pilot program requirements. Sec. 4016 directs the Secretary to conduct various pilot projects to improve federal-state cooperation in identifying and reducing fraud in SNAP.
22) Reps. Hudson (R-NC), LaMalfa (R-CA), and Yoho (R-FL) Amendment #46- Allows states to conduct drug testing on SNAP applicants as a condition for receiving benefits.
23) Rep. Conaway (R-TX) Amendment #160 - Requires a 10% reduction in the Thrifty Food Plan calculation in any year that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is not authorized.
24) Reps. Kingston (R-GA), Westmoreland (R-GA), and Scott (R-GA) Amendment #222 - (LATE) Eliminates the provision that allows people to receive 113.6% of your normal (100%) SNAP benefits.
25) Rep. Butterfield (D-NC) Amendment #204 - (LATE) Adds a section at the end of subtitle A of title IV to include items for personal hygiene for household use in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
26) Rep. Marino (R-PA) Amendment #168 - (REVISED) Directs the Comptroller General to establish a pilot program within nine states to collect and make public the data required to be reported for SNAP under the Food and Nutrition Act. After the pilot program ends, the Comptroller General shall determine whether item specific data of purchases made with SNAP benefits can be collected using existing reporting requirements, and how to improve current SNAP reporting.
27) Rep. Chabot (R-OH) Amendment #58 - Shortens the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit expunging statute and requires a State agency to expunge benefits that have not been accessed by a household after a period of 60 days
28) Rep. Black (R-TN) Amendment #8 - Terminates an agreement the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has entered in with the Mexican government known as the “Partnership for Nutrition Assistance Program.”
29) Rep. Kaptur (D-OH) Amendment #20 - Requires that at least 50 percent of the funds made available for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program be reserved for seniors.
30) Rep. Schweikert (R-AZ) Amendment #198 - (LATE) Strikes the Health Food Financing Initiative.
31) Rep. Welch (D-VT) Amendment #223 - (LATE) Removes term limits on USDA guaranteed farm operating loans.
32) Rep. Tierney (D-MA) Amendment #78 - Allows commercial fishermen to be eligible recipients of the Emergency Disaster Loan program
33) Rep. Costa (D-CA) Amendment #111 - Creates a pilot program that will use funds from the Rural Utility Service to address nitrate contamination of rural drinking water in communities with less than 10,000 residents.
34) Rep. Gingrey (R-GA) Amendment #11 - Strikes Sec. 6105 from the bill which provides the authorization for the Rural Broadband Access Loan and Loan Guarantee Program.
35) Rep. Rice (R-SC) Amendment #189 - Reauthorizes Pasture Based Beef Systems for the Appalachia Research Initiative.
36) Rep. Palazzo (R-MS) Amendment #209 – (LATE) Authorizes funding for the Agriculture Technology Innovation Partnership program that is already set up through USDA. The amendment would make authorize $500K for the pilot program.
37) Reps. Polis (D-CO), Blumenauer (D-OR), and Massie (R-KY) Amendment #192 – Allows institutions of higher education to grow or cultivate industrial hemp for the purpose of agricultural or academic research. The provision only applies to states that already permit industrial hemp growth and cultivation under state law.
38) Reps. Garamendi (D-CA) and Gibson (R-NY) Amendment #86 – Modifies the Forest Legacy program to allow qualified third party, non-governmental entities to hold the conservation easements financed with Forest Legacy revenue.
39) Reps. Polis (D-CO) and Napolitano (D-CA) Amendment #193 – Would help the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) streamline forest management decisions to treat insect infestations on public lands so that USFS can better protect our natural resources and critical infrastructure while reducing the fuel loads that contribute to wildfires. Adds to the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 and directs the USFS to designate and treat at least one subwatersheds on at least one National Forest in each state that is experiencing insect epidemics or diseases that impair forest health.
40) Rep. Peters (D-CA) Amendment #126 – Gives parity to renewable chemicals and biobased product manufacturing under the energy title and the Biorefinery Assistance Program.
41) Rep. Marino (R-PA) Amendment #170 – Repeals the Biodiesel Fuel Education Program, which awards federal grants to educate fleet operators and the public on the benefits of using biodiesel fuels, instead of fossil fuels.
42) Reps. Neugebauer (R-TX), and Vela (D-TX) Amendment #216 – (LATE) Makes fermentable sugar biomass crops eligible for payments under the Biomass Crop Assistance Program.
43) Rep. McClintock (R-CA) Amendment # 92 – Strikes Sec. 10003 – the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program. This duplicative program funds lessons on food preparation, promotions of locally-grown crops and advertising of farmers markets.
44) Rep. Gibson (R-NY) Amendment #45 - Strikes the olive oil import restriction contained in Sec. 10010 of the bill. Under Sec. 10010, if a marketing order for olive oil is established, olive oil imports would be subject to restrictions such as taste testing.
45) Rep. Walorski (R-IN) Amendment #10 - Continues the prohibition on the Christmas tree tax by striking the section of the bill that lifts the stay on the tax.
46) Reps. Courtney (D-CT), and Wittman (R-VA) Amendment #25 – Adds farmed shellfish to the list of specialty crops listed in Sec. 3 of the Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004. This would allow these products to be eligible for USDA marketing and research assistance.
47) Rep. Kind (D-WI) Amendment #149 – Limits premium subsidies to those producers with an AGI under $250,000 and limits per person premium subsidies to $50,000 and caps crop insurance providers’ reimbursement of administrative and operating at $900 million and reduces their rate of return to 12%. Introduces transparency into the crop insurance program.
48) Reps. Carney (D-DE), Radel (R-FL) Amendment #1 – Strikes Sec. 11012 of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, which requires that any renegotiation of a Standard Reinsurance Agreement (SRA) shall be budget neutral to the maximum extent practicable as compared to the previous SRA.
49) Rep. Radel (R-FL) Amendment #12 – Repeals the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center.
50) Rep. Walberg (R-MI) Amendment #97 – Strikes the addition of “natural stone” to the list of commodity products that can petition the USDA for the issuance of a promotion and research order.
51) Rep. Benishek (R-MI) Amendment #214 - (LATE) Requires a scientific and economic analysis of the FDA’s Food Safety and Modernization Act prior to final regulations being enforced. The primary focus of the analysis will be the impact of this legislation on agricultural businesses of all sizes.
52) Rep. Bachus (R-AL) Amendment #71 – Revised. Ensures that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will consider regulations in accordance with provisions in the Regulatory Flexibility Act – so that that small business impacts are considered in actions and alternatives that the USDA considers.
53) Reps. Sinema (D-AZ) and LaMalfa (R-CA) Amendment #163 – Revised. Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to provide technical assistance to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection on identifying produce claiming to be made in the United States when in fact it is not. Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to provide Congress with a report on produce represented as grown in the United States when in fact it was not.
54) Rep. Wittman (R-VA) Amendment #164 - Provides performance based measures, including “crosscut budgeting”, adaptive management and an Independent Evaluator, to assure federal dollars currently spent on Bay restoration activities produce results.
55) Reps. Herrera-Beutler (R-WA) and Schrader (D-OR) Amendment #107 – Codifies the EPA's longstanding silviculture rule. It protects federal, state, county, tribal, and private forest roads from costly permit requirements or other point source regulation along with litigation expenses and citizen suit liability.
56) Rep. Crawford (R-AR) Amendment #54 – Modifies the exemption levels of EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rules for small farmers and ranchers, which require producers to construct a containment facility around above-ground oil tanks. It provides an exemption to any farmer with no single tank larger than 10,000 gallons, and allows self-certification if they hold less than 42,000 gallons of oil storage capacity.
57) Reps. Crawford (R-AR) and Terry (R-NE) Amendment #219 – Late Revised. Prohibits the EPA from procuring or disclosing the private information of farmers and ranchers.
58) Rep. Foxx (R-NC) Amendment #80 – Sunsets all discretionary programs in the bill upon the expiration of the 5-year authorization period.
59) Rep. Kuster (D-NH) Amendment #36 – Increases the cap for wildlife habitat funding within the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) from 5 percent to 7.5 percent.
60) Rep. Thompson (D-MS) Amendment #90 – Allows the Healthy Forest Reserve Program (HFRP) to be a participating program of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program. HFRP assists landowners (on a voluntary basis) in restoring, enhancing, and protection forestland resources through easements, 30-year contracts, and 10-year cost-share agreements.
61) Rep. Thompson (R-PA) Amendment #142 – Requires the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to provide data and consultation to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with regard to water quality and nutrient management relating to ongoing modeling for the Chesapeake Bay watershed, including EPA’s ongoing implementation of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL).
62) Reps. Pearce (R-NM), Neugebauer (R-TX), and Conaway (R-TX) Amendment #23 – Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study on current USDA programs related to the Lesser Prairie Chicken to analyze the economic impact and effectiveness of these programs.
63) Rep. Cramer (R-ND) Amendment #6 – Caps mitigation for enhancement, restoration or creation of wetlands at a 1-for-1 acreage basis. Due to this amendment the greater than 1-for-1 mitigation appeals provision is no longer necessary, and therefore is struck.
64) Rep. Keating (D-MA) Amendment #167 – Directs the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture to conduct an economic analysis of the existing market for US Atlantic Spiny Dogfish.
65) Rep. Reed (R-NY) Amendment #47 – Makes technical changes to Section 4015 of the bill, which deals with data exchange standardization for improved operability. Section 4015 amends Section 11 of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, adding data exchange standards, requiring them to be nonproprietary and interoperable.
66) Reps. Young (R-AK) and Cole (R-OK) Amendment #41 - Grants the Secretary of Agriculture authority to permit the donation, preparation, and consumption of traditional Native food in public facilities primarily serving Alaska Natives and American Indians, as long as specific food safety requirements are met.
67) Reps. McLeod (D-CA) and Vargas (D-CA) Amendment #138 – Revised. Authorizes a feasibility study to identify which federal food programs tribes have the capacity to administer on their own.
68) Rep. Duckworth (D-IL) Amendment #185 – Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study and report back to Congress on the impact of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cuts on demand seen at charitable food providers.
69) Reps. Crowley (D-NY) and Grimm (R-NY) Amendment #32 – Facilitates cost-neutral purchasing of Kosher and Halal food within the Emergency Food Assistance Program and improve information provided to participating food banks on availability of Kosher and Halal food.
70) Rep. Huizenga (R-MI) Amendment #2 – Requires the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to conduct a study of sole-source contracts in Federal nutrition programs, and the effect such contracts have on program participation, program goals, nonprogram consumers, retailers, and free-market dynamics. The findings must be reported back to Congress within one year after the date of enactment of this act.
71) Rep. Gardner (R-CO) Amendment #227 – Late. Gives Rural Utilities Services (RUS) borrowers the ability to hire contractors to perform NEPA studies without going through the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) process. Almost every other agency allows contractors to be hired without using the FAR.
72) Rep. Ruiz (D-CA) Amendment #130– Amends the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program to add designated Health Professional Shortage Areas as a priority in awarding funding.
73) Rep. Michaud (D-ME) Amendment #34 – Reauthorizes through fiscal year 2018 the Northern Border Regional Commission, the Southeast Crescent Regional Commission, and the Southwest Border Regional Commission.
74) Reps. Turner (R-OH) Amendment #104 – Adds a sense of the Congress in support of improving agricultural research and education through a USDA land grant program.
75) Reps. Gabbard (D-HI), Hanabusa (D-HI), and Perluisi (D-PR) Amendment #106 – Authorizes research, development, and a pest management plan to combat the coffee berry borer.
76) Rep. Faleomavaega (D-AS) Amendment #98 - Include American Samoa and the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) as provided for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The intent is to amend the McIntire-Stennis Act to include American Samoa, CNMI, and the FSM as already provided for Virgin Islands and Guam. American Samoa and FSM have land-grant colleges. The amendment will align with S. 984.
77) Reps. Slaughter (D-NY) and Polis (D-CO) Amendment #85 – Reauthorizes the Research and Education Grants for the Study of Antibiotic Research program through 2018; it does not explicitly authorize or appropriate any funds. Reauthorization ensures that research into antibiotic-resistant bacteria remains a priority of NIFA and that NIFA retains the flexibility to fund the best research proposals on a competitive basis.
78) Rep. Gosar (R-AZ) Amendment #40 - Establishes parity among the fire-liability provisions in stewardship contracts by incorporating the liability provisions from timber contracts into integrated resource service contracts, companies are more likely to participate in the stewardship program, protecting communities and fostering healthy forests.
79) Rep. Cotton (R-AR) Amendment #16 – Amends Section 8304 Good Neighbor Authority in H.R. 1947. The amendment would clarify that all types of projects may be delegated by the U.S. Forest Service to the state foresters, including projects involving commercial harvesting or other mechanical vegetative treatments. These projects would still be subject to all applicable NEPA regulations. The reference to "insectinfected trees" would be corrected to read "insect-infected forests".
80) Rep. Tipton (R-CO) Amendment #39 – Establishes a program providing the U.S. Forest Service a large airtanker and aerial asset lease program.
81) Rep. Griffith (R-VA) Amendment #4 – Coveys a small parcel of National Forest System land in Pound, Virginia. The parcel, which is located in the Jefferson National Forest, is a family cemetery.
82) Rep. Meadows (R-NC) Amendment #5 – Waives NEPA requirements for timber cleanup projects on forest service land after a disaster.
83) Rep. Loebsack (D-IA) Amendment #77 – Reinstates feasibility studies under the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) in the Energy Title, Title IX.
84) Reps. Grimm (R-NY), Gibson (R-NY), and Bishop (D-NY) Amendment #14 – Revised. Requires the Secretary of Agriculture to conduct a study and no later than 180 days after enactment report back to the relevant committees in the House and Senate an analysis of energy use in USDA facilities, a list of energy audits that have been conducted at USDA facilities, a list of energy efficiency projects that have been conducted at USDA facilities and a list of energy savings projects that could be achieved with additional mechanical insulation at USDA facilities.
85) Rep. Cárdenas (D-CA) Amendment #109 – Expands food safety education initiatives to include training farm workers on how to identify sources of food contamination and how to decrease bacterial contamination of food.
86) Reps. Scott (R-GA) and Schrader (D-OR) Amendment #132 – Mandates the Secretary of Agriculture to consult with the Secretary of Labor to ensure that producers of perishable commodities are afforded a transparent and equitable process related to the labor disputes.
87) Rep. Kaptur (D-OH) Amendment #114 – Requires the Secretary to submit an annual report on invasive species in the United States. This report is required to be made available to the public.
88) Reps. Foxx (R-NC) and Ellison (D-MN) #76 – Requires the government to disclose the names of certain persons and entities receiving federal crop insurance subsidies. Specifically, disclosure would be required for Members of Congress and their immediate families, Cabinet Secretaries and their immediate families, and entities of which any of the preceding parties is a majority shareholder.
89) Rep. Schock (R-IL) Amendment #30 – Includes pennycress as a research and development priority at the Risk Management Agency.
90) Rep. Barr (R-KY) Amendment #70 - Requires that any changes to current crop insurance policies be published and open for public comment at least 60 days before June 30 and at least 60 days before November 30 of the year before the change would take effect.
91) Reps. Takano (D-CA) and Markey (D-MA) Amendment #103 – Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to report to Congress on the economic implications for consumers, fishermen, and aquaculturists of fraud and mislabeling in wild and farmed seafood.
92) Reps. Fudge (D-OH) and Sewell (D-AL) Amendment #110 – Requires USDA agencies that serve farmers and ranchers to provide a time and date stamped receipt for service to each farmer and rancher requesting information or service from USDA.
93) Rep. Velázquez (D-NY) Amendment #211 – Late. Directs USDA to coordinate opportunities for urban agriculture.
94) Rep. Jackson Lee (D-TX) Amendment #181 – Establishes the sense of Congress that the Federal Government should increase opportunities for small businesses, black farmers, women, and minority businesses.
95) Reps. Ross (R-FL) and Rooney (R-FL) Amendment #99 – Revised. Expresses the sense of Congress that agricultural nutrients and chemicals play an important role in the production of American agriculture. Also expresses the sense of Congress that the Department of Agriculture should coordinate with the Department of Homeland Security in the development of regulations and procedures for handling these agricultural chemicals.
96) Reps. Conaway (R-TX) and Vela (D-TX) Amendment #161 – Requires the Secretary of State to submit a report on water sharing with Mexico.
97) Rep. Flores (R-TX) Amendment #94 - Requires USDA to conduct and submit a study detailing all activities engaged in and resources expended in furtherance of Executive Order 13547 relating to the Administration’s continued attempts to establish the National Ocean Policy without Congressional authorization. The study also should include any budget requests for fiscal year 2014 for support of implementation of Executive Order 13547, and be submitted to the House Committee on Agriculture and Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
98) Rep. Pitts (R-PA) Amendment #13 – Reforms the Federal sugar program, and for other purposes. Primarily, it returns the raw sugar cane price support to its historic level of 18 cents per pound and continues to establish the refined beet sugar price support at 128.5% of the cane rate. In addition, it amends provisions for sugar marketing allotments by repealing a provision that establishes allotments at no less than 85% of domestic consumption. Furthermore, it repeals current restrictions on the Secretary of Agriculture’s authority to adjust import quotas for raw and refined sugar and repeals the Feedstock Flexibility Program under which surplus sugar must be purchased by the federal government and re-sold to ethanol plants at a loss.
99) Rep. Goodlatte (R-VA) Amendment # 194 – The Amendment would remove Subtitle D PART I— "DAIRY PRODUCER MARGIN PROTECTION AND DAIRY MARKET STABILIZATION PROGRAMS" and replaces it with a new "Dairy Producer Margin Insurance Program". The amendment provides dairy producers with the option to annually enroll in a new margin insurance program at levels of $4.00 and up to $8.00 in increments of fifty cents. Based on the highest annual of three previous calendar years of their milk marketings, dairy producers are allowed to elect their coverage level and the percentage of coverage up to 80% at the start of the program and annually thereafter. Dairy producers are also allowed to update their production history annually. The Secretary is required to make payments to dairy producers enrolled in the program whenever the actual dairy producer margin drops below $4.00 (or below a higher level of coverage up to $8.00). The amendment leaves the rest of the underlying dairy title intact, including the removal of the Dairy Product Price Support Program, the MILC Program, and the Dairy Export Assistance Program and the reauthorization of the 1996 FMMO additional order provision.
100) Rep. Fortenberry (R-NE) Amendment #93 – Reduces farm program payment limits, capping commodity payments at $250,000 per year for any one farm. The legislation also closes loopholes in current law to ensure payments reach working farmers, their intended recipients.
101) Rep. Huelskamp (R-KS) Amendment #151 – Creates additional work requirements for SNAP recipients and raises the total reduction in spending to $31 billion.
102) Rep. Southerland (R-FL) Amendment #101 – Applies federal welfare work requirements to the food stamp program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), at state option.
103) Reps. Reed (R-NY), Walberg (R-MI), and Yoho (R-FL) Amendment #49 – Ends eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for convicted violent rapists, pedophiles, and murderers after enactment into law.