The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the agriculture spending bill. The bill maintains support for crop insurance and other farm bill programs. It fully funds the expected demand for Farm Service Agency direct and guaranteed loan programs. There is language preventing USDA from closing county FSA offices and provides money for additional FSA loan officers. There’s $8.7 million for the U.S. Wheat and Barley Scab Initiative and research dollars for sugarbeets, small grains, pulse crops and more.