The House Committee on Agriculture has approved two bills for floor consideration and adopted the annual budget views and estimates letter, which outlines the Committee's budget recommendations for the federal agencies and programs under its jurisdiction for fiscal year 2011. Those programs include nutrition, farm, conservation, energy and rural development programs.
H.R. 3509 would reauthorize funding for the State agricultural mediation grant program. The grants fund state agricultural mediation programs that help agricultural producers, their creditors and various USDA agencies address disputes, including loan problems and USDA adverse decisions.
H.R. 3954 would authorize the conveyance of 114 acres in Leon County, Florida and would allow the U.S. Forest Service to make equivalent land exchanges within the Ocala and Apalachicola National Forests to better and more efficiently manage the lands. The bill would also clarify some boundary issues by allowing a survey to be conducted on certain areas of Florida state forestland.