Societies urge Congress to support research programs in FY2017 appropriations bills

ASA, CSSA and SSSA signed on to two letters asking Congress to provide strong|| support for federal research and conservation programs in the final FY2017 appropriations negotiations set to resume after the November 8 election. The first letter urges appropriators to refrain from cutting mandatory funding for conservation programs and to meet USDA's request for increased funding for Conservation Technical Assistance in FY2017. The second letter asks appropriators to provide $400 million in funding to the USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), an increase of $25 million from the amount in both the House and Senate bills. The future of the FY2017 appropriations bills is closely tied to the election results, so stay tuned for more updates.