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Title of Law:Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006
Law #:Public Law 109- 97
Passed by Congress:109th Congress (1st Session)

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HR2744 Bonilla (R.-Texas) 11/3/05
Enrolled (finally passed both houses)

An original bill making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, and for other purposes.
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TITLE I

AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS

PRODUCTION, PROCESSING AND MARKETING

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

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OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY FOR RESEARCH, EDUCATION AND ECONOMICS

For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of the Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics to administer the laws enacted by the Congress for the Economic Research Service, the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the Agricultural Research Service, and the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, $598,000.

ECONOMIC RESEARCH SERVICE

For necessary expenses of the Economic Research Service in conducting economic research and analysis, $75,931,000: Provided, That none of the funds made available by this Act or any other Act may be used by the Department of Agriculture to publish, disseminate, or distribute, internally or externally, Agriculture Information Bulletin Number 787: Provided further, That of the funds provided to the Economic Research Service, the Secretary of Agriculture shall use $350,000 to enter into an agreement for a comprehensive report on the economic development and current status of the sheep industry in the United States to be prepared by the National Academy of Sciences.

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HRpt 109-255 - To accompany H.R. 2744
- MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES PROGRAMS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2006, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Conference Committee

(10/26/05)
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ECONOMIC RESEARCH SERVICE

For necessary expenses of the Economic Research Service in conducting economic research and analysis, $75,931,000: Provided, That none of the funds made available by this Act or any other Act may be used by the Department of Agriculture to publish, disseminate, or distribute, internally or externally, Agriculture Information Bulletin Number 787: Provided further, That of the funds provided to the Economic Research Service, the Secretary of Agriculture shall use $350,000 to enter into an agreement for a comprehensive report on the economic development and current status of the sheep industry in the United States to be prepared by the National Academy of Sciences.

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ECONOMIC RESEARCH SERVICE

The conference agreement provides $75,931,000 for the Economic Research Service as proposed by the House instead of $78,549,000 as proposed by the Senate.

The conference agreement provides an increase of $1,000,000, of which $350,000 is for an agreement with the National Academy of Sciences to conduct a comprehensive report on the economic development and current status of the sheep industry in the United States and $650,000 is to be applied to the highest priority needs for which additional funding was requested.

Also, within the funds provided, the conferees expect not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Secretary of Energy, to provide to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress, a report that describes the impact of increased prices of gas, natural gas, and diesel on agricultural producers, ranchers, and rural communities.

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TITLE IV—DOMESTIC FOOD PROGRAMS

OFFICE OF THE UNDER SECRETARY FOR FOOD, NUTRITION AND CONSUMER SERVICES

The conference agreement provides $599,000 for the Office of the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, as proposed by the House and the Senate.

The conferees encourage the Agency to conduct a feasibility study, in consultation with WIC State agencies, to explore a common cost effective strategy to implement the cash value voucher for fruits and vegetables that may be adopted in response to recommendations outlined in the Institute of Medicine report on the food packages provided by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).

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