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Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

Our nation's public land-grant universities provide essential research, education, and extension services that address important local, regional, national, and global problems. While both public and private funds help support research, development, and outreach in this sector, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the most significant source of funding.  


APLU’s FY2021 Agriculture Appropriations Advocacy Document provides additional context regarding APLU's key priorities in agriculture research and vital capacity programs that support programmatic, extension, and outreach services, as well as justifications to support our funding request levels. Additional supporting information is included in APLU’s letter to House and Senate leadership on reconciling difference between the two chambers' FY2021 bills.  

Additional FY2021 Resources:  

  • President’s FY2021 Budget Request for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Overview and Budget Summary
  • U.S. House of Representatives FY2021 Agriculture Appropriations Bill Text and Report Language 
  • U.S. Senate FY2021 Agriculture Appropriations Bill Text and Report Language 
  • Resolution of House – Senate Differences: Bill Text and Report Language [N/A]

Member of Congress Dear Colleague Letters Supporting APLU Priorities: