On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump signed the spending bill for the 2019 fiscal year. While the border wall and Trump’s emergency order has dominated the news, this bill includes money for USDA, EPA and the Food and Drug Administration. The Farm Service Agency has a budget of $1.7 billion to administer farm programs, conservation and emergency loans. There is language that prevents USDA from closing any FSA offices. The Natural Resources Conservation Service received $819 million to oversee conservation programs, a cut of $55 million. The bill also requires USDA to conduct a cost-benefit analysis before moving forward with plans to move the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of Washington, D.C.
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