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105th CONGRESS (1996-1998)
Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998

106th CONGRESS (1998-2000)
Small Watershed Rehabilitation Amendments of 2000, H.R. 728
This bill was included in HR 4788, the United States Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2000, which was signed by the President on 11/9/00.

Conference Report for Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000
HR 2559 was signed into law (P.L. 106-224) by the President on 6/22/00. Several sections of this bill pertain to or are of interest to ARS including:

Section 221- Carbon Cycle Research Section
Section 223 - Soil Science and Forest Health Management Research
Section 224 - Waste Streams from Livestock Production Research
Section 225 - Improved Storage & Management of Livestock & Poultry Waste
Section 226- Ethanol Research Pilot Plant
Section 227 - Bioinformatics Institute for Model Plant Species
Section 252 - Surveillance & Research into Bovine Tuberculosis Control Title 3 - Biomass Research and Development Act of 2000
Title 1 - Section 522 - Partnerships for Risk Management Development and Implementation

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002 (H.R.2330, Public Law No: 107-76, signed by the President on 11/28/2001)

107th CONGRESS (2001-2003)
Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (H.R. 2646, Public Law No: 107-171, signed by the President on 5/13/02).  Title VII is the Research Title. Several sections in Title VII pertain to or are of interest to ARS including:

Section 7205 - Initiative for Future Agricultural and Food Systems
Section 7207 - Agricultural, Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (amendments)

Section 7208 - Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (amendments)
Section 7210 - Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research
Section 7218 - Organic Agricultural Research and Extension Initiative (competitive grant program with mandated funding of $3M per year through 10/01/07).
Section 7219 - Senior Scientific Research Service
Section 7221 - Biosecurity Planning and Response Programs
Section 7404 - Review of the Agricultural Research Service (unrelated to ARS review but also included is a study of the merits of establishing National Institute of Plant and Animal Sciences)
Section 7406 - Sense of Congress Regarding Doubling of Funding for Agricultural Research
Section 7408 - International Organic Research Collaboration (NAL role)
Section 7410 - Report on Genetically Modified Pest-Protected Plants (will probably be delegated to APHIS)
Section 7411 - Study on Nutrient Banking
Section 7506 - Land Acquisition Authority, National Peanut Research Laboratory, Dawson, Georgia

Also, in the Title IX (Energy) and Title X (Miscellaneous) are:
Section 9008 - Biomass Research and Development Act (amendments)
Section 10304 - Report on Rats, Mice, and Birds
Section 10802 - Public Education Program on Use of Biotechnology for Producing Food
Section 10804 - Grazinglands Research Laboratory (El Reno, Oklahoma)
Section 10807 - Food Safety Commission

Homeland Security Act of 2002  (.PDF file, 507KB requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)
(H.R. 5005, Public Law No: 107-296, signed by the President on 11/25/02)

Last Modified: 3/6/2007
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