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Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2002 - Title I: Agricultural Programs - Appropriates funds for FY 2002 for the following Department of Agriculture programs and services: (1) Office of the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary); (2) executive operations; (3) Office of the Chief Information Officer; (4) Office of the Chief Financial Officer; (5) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration; (6) agriculture buildings and facilities and rental payments; (7) hazardous materials management; (8) departmental administration; (9) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations; (10) Office of Communications; (11) Office of the Inspector General; (12) Office of the General Counsel; (13) Office of the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics; (14) Economic Research Service; (15) National Agricultural Statistics Service; (16) Agricultural Research Service; (17) Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service; (18) Office of the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs; (19) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; (20) Agricultural Marketing Service; (21) Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration; (22) Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety; (23) Food Safety and Inspection Service; (24) Office of the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services; (25) Farm Service Agency; (26) Risk Management Agency; (27) Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Fund; and (28) Commodity Credit Corporation Fund.

Title II: Conservation Programs - Appropriates funds for the: (1) Office of the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment; and (2) Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Title III: Rural Development Programs - Appropriates funds for the following: (1) Office of the Under Secretary for Rural Development; (2) Rural Housing Service; (3) Rural Business-Cooperative Service; and (4) Rural Utilities Service.

Title IV: Domestic Food Programs - Appropriates funds for the following: (1) Office of the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services; and (2) Food and Nutrition Service.

Title V: Foreign Assistance and Related Programs - Appropriates funds for the following: (1) Foreign Agricultural Service; (2) Public Law 480 program account, title I ocean freight differential grants, and title II grants; and (3) Commodity Credit Corporation export loans program account.

Title VI: Related Agencies and Food and Drug Administration- Appropriates funds for the following: (1) Food and Drug Administration; (2) Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and (3) Farm Credit Administration.

Title VII: General Provisions - Specifies certain uses and limits on or prohibitions against the use of funds appropriated by this Act.

(Sec. 723) Prohibits funds under this Act from being used to pay the salaries of personnel to carry out a conservation farm option program, as authorized by the Food Security Act of 1985.

(Sec. 724) Prohibits Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fund use to reduce the FDA District Office in Detroit, Michigan, below specified staffing levels, or to reduce it to a station or modified office. Stipulates that such provision shall not apply to FDA field laboratory facilities in Detroit, except that such personnel shall be assigned to Detroit-vicinity facilities pursuant to cooperative agreements between FDA and other laboratories.

(Sec. 726) Prohibits fund use to relocate a State Rural Development office unless cost and operation effective.

(Sec. 727) Obligates specified amounts of agricultural commodities to assist foreign countries mitigate the effects of HIV and AIDS.

(Sec. 728) Makes additional appropriations for Bill Emerson and Mickey Leland Hunger Fellowships.

(Sec. 729) Permits the deposit of credit card refunds and rebates in the Woking Capital Fund.

(Sec. 731) Amends the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to increase available funds for the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center.

(Sec. 732) Prohibits funds appropriated or made available under this Act from being used to issue a proposed rule affecting the definition of "animal" pursuant to the Animal Welfare Act.

(Sec. 733) Makes Cabot, Arkansas, Berlin, New Hampshire, and Cacalia, California, eligible for rural community advancement loans and guarantees.

(Sec. 734) Considers Casa Grande, Arizona, as having met specified rural area requirements under the Housing Act of 1949.

(Sec. 737) Makes Saint Joseph, Missouri, and Hollister, California, eligible for certain rural development mission area assistance.

(Sec. 740) Prohibits FDA fund use to close or relocate the FDA Division of Drug Analysis, St. Louis, Missouri, except that funds may be used to plan a relocation within St. Louis city limits.

(Sec. 741) Provides crop year 2000 market loss assistance for apple producers.

(Sec. 742) Prohibits the use of funds under this Act from being made available to a person or entity that has violated the Buy American Act.

(Sec. 743) Amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to extend private organization eligibility under the child and adult care food program.

(Sec. 744) Directs the Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide specified financial assistance: (1) to the Mallard Pointe project, Madison County, Mississippi; and (2) for a wetlands restoration and water conservation project in the vicinity of Jamestown, Rhode Island.

(Sec. 745) Directs the Secretary, in cooperation with the State of Illinois, to carry out a soil, water, wetlands, and wildlife conservation pilot program in the Illinois River Basin.

(Sec. 747) Authorizes specified rural business and cooperative development funds to be made available for an integrated ethanol plant, feedlot, and animal waste digestion unit if Department of Energy matching funds are committed by July 1, 2002.

(Sec. 748) Directs the Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service to use the authorities of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 to finance the acquisition of electricity in predominately rural areas.

(Sec. 749) States that certain marketing assessments imposed upon raw cane or beet sugar shall not be required to be remitted to the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) before September 2, 2002.

(Sec. 750) Provides specified emergency watershed protection program funds for completion of the current phase of the Kuhn Bayou (Point Remove) Project, Arkansas.

(Sec. 751) Sets forth provisions respecting specified payment calculations under the secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.

(Sec. 752) Amends the Housing Act of 1949 to exclude from "income" for rural housing purposes dividends received from the Alaska Permanent Fund by a person under the age of 18.

(Sec. 753) Makes West Virginia State College at Institute, West Virginia, eligible to receive funds under the Act of August 30, 1890.

(Sec. 754) Provides financial and technical; assistance relating to the Tanana River bordering the Big Delta State Historical Park..

(Sec. 755) Prohibits FDA funds appropriated or made available under this Act from being used to admit fish or fish products labeled as "catfish" unless they are from the family Ictaluridae.

(Sec. 756) Authorizes the Secretary to: (1) accept and retransfer certain Alaska Railroad Corporation avalanche control funds to the City of Valdez to construct an avalanche wall to protect a public school; and (2) use certain CCC funds to pay crop damage claims resulting from the Bureau of Land Management's herbicide use in Idaho during 2001.

(Sec. 758) Amends the Food Security Act of 1985 to permit inclusion of emergency vegetation in water in the pilot program for enrollment of wetland and buffer acreage in the conservation reserve program.

(Sec. 759) Directs the Secretary to: (1) conduct referenda among producers of each type of tobacco eligible for price supports respecting mandatory grading by the Secretary; and (2) make loans (through September 30, 2003) to eligible horse breeders for losses suffered from mare reproductive loss syndrome.

(Sec. 760) Provides FY 2002 crop insurance coverage for sweet potatoes.

(Sec. 761) Amends the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 to extend the citrus canker eradication payment date.

(Sec. 762) Amends the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to authorize the Secretary to make grants to State agencies to establish rural broadband service in rural areas without local dial-up Internet access or broadband service.

(Sec. 763) Makes specified funds available to purchase conservation easements or other land interests in Adair, Green, and Taylor Counties, Kentucky.

(Sec. 764) Makes Caldwell, Idaho, and Mt. Vernon, Washington, eligible for certain rural grants and loans for a period of up to one year from the date of enactment of this Act..

(Sec. 765) Amends the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 to authorize a producer allotment program and a handler withholding program under the cranberry marketing order within the same crop year based upon recommendation and analysis of the Cranberry Marketing Committee.

(Sec. 766) Amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to: (1) extend the deadline for certain State agencies to identify and assist certain schools in need of special assistance; and (2) include Illinois in the program for at-risk-children.

(Sec. 768) Makes Watershed and Flood Prevention Operation funds available for technical and financial assistance for: (1) the Ferry Creek Mainstream Watershed Plan in DuPage County, Illinois; and (2) the lake level stabilization project in Burnett and Washburn Counties, Wisconsin.

(Sec. 770) Makes any current Rural Utilities Service borrower within 100 miles of New York City eligible for additional financing, refinancing, collateral flexibility, and deferrals for telecommunications, energy, or water projects related to the terrorist events of September 11, 2001.

(Sec. 772) Amends the Agricultural Market Transition Act to: (1) extend the milk price support program through May 31, 2002; and (2) terminate the recourse loan program for commercial processors of dairy products.

(Sec. 773) Directs the Secretary to transfer specified amounts of raw sugar to the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Co-op as additional loss compensation for Minnesota sugar producers.

(Sec. 774) Directs the Secretary to use CCC funds for specified payments to eligible tobacco owners, controllers, and growers.

(Sec. 775) Amends the Competitive, Special, and Facilities Research Grant Act to make competitive grants available to improve research capabilities in States in which institutions have been less successful in receiving such grants, based upon a three-year rolling average of funding levels.

(Sec. 776) Limits the use of funds made available under this Act for salaries of Department of Agriculture personnel who carry out FY 2002 education and risk management assistance under the Federal Crop Insurance Act.

(Sec. 777) Amends the Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act of 1954 to rename the "Farmer-to-Farmer Program" as the "John Ogonowski Farmer-to-Farmer Program."