Summary: H.R.5743 — 98th Congress (1983-1984)All Information (Except Text)

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Conference report filed in House (09/25/1984)

(Conference report filed in House, H. Rept. 98-1071)

Title I: Agricultural Programs - Appropriates funds for FY 1985 for the following programs and services: (1) Office of the Secretary of Agriculture; (2) standard level user charges; (3) advisory committees; (4) departmental administration; (5) Office of Governmental and Public Affairs; (6) Office of Congressional Affairs; (7) Office of the Inspector General; (8) Office of the General Counsel; (9) Federal Grain Inspection Service (with limitations on administrative expenses); (10) Agricultural Research Service (including scientific activities overseas); (11) Cooperative State Research Service; (12) Extension Service; (13) National Agricultural Library; (14) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; (15) Food Safety and Inspection Service; (16) Economic Research Service; (17) Statistical Reporting Service; (18) Agricultural Cooperative Service; (19) World Agricultural Outlook Board; (20) Agricultural Marketing Service (with limitations on administrative expenses); (21) Packers and Stockyards Administration; (22) Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (including the dairy indemnity program); and (23) Office of Transportation.

Authorizes the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and the Commodity Credit Corporation to make expenditures, within specified limits, to carry out their respective programs.

Authorizes the Agricultural Research Service to obtain a one-year option on land at Fresno, California, and at Houma, Louisiana.

Prohibits funds appropriated or made available under this Act from being used to implement any amendment to an order applicable to a fruit, vegetable, nut, or specialty crop issued pursuant to section 8c of the Agricultural Adjustment Act, as amended, unless each such amendment thereto is voted upon separately.

Authorizes specified amounts to be transferred from the Commodity Credit Corporation to support the General Sales Manager in expanding commodity sales abroad.

Title II: Rural Development Programs - Appropriates funds for rural development assistance as follows: (1) Office of Rural Development Policy; (2) Farmers Home Administration; (3) Rural Electrification Administration; (4) Soil Conservation Service; and (5) Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.

Title III: Domestic Food Programs - Appropriates funds for programs of the Food and Nutrition Service, including the food stamp program (subject to an official budget request).

Provides with regard to the supplemental program for women, infants, and children (WIC) that FY 1985 State allocations shall be based on a specified annual appropriation level, subject to an official budget request.

Title IV: International Programs - Appropriates funds for: (1) the Foreign Agricultural Service; (2) Public Law 480 (financing the sale of agricultural commodities for convertible foreign currencies); and (3) the Office of International Cooperation and Development.

Authorizes the transfer of a specified amount from the Commodity Credit Corporation to support the activities of the General Sales Manager.

Title V: Related Agencies - Appropriates funds for: (1) the Food and Drug Administration; (2) the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; and (3) the Farm Credit Administration (with limitations on administrative expenses).

Title VI: General Provisions - Limits the expenditure of specified appropriations made by this Act.

Prohibits the use of funds for the production of marihuana or other prohibited drug-producing plants for illegal use.

Limits the amount of transfers to the Working Capital Fund for the purpose of accumulating growth capital for data services and National Finance Center operations.

Prohibits the use of funds to implement, administer, or enforce any regulation which has been disapproved pursuant to any resolution of disapproval.

Provides that the certificates of beneficial ownership sold by the Farmers Home Administration in connection with specified insurance funds shall not be less than 75 percent of the value of loans closed during the fiscal year.

Prohibits the use of funds to carry out any activity related to phasing out the Resource Conservation and Development Program.

Prohibits the use of funds to prevent or interfere with the right and obligation of the Commodity Credit Corporation to sell surplus agricultural commodities in world trade at competitive prices.

Authorizes the provision of specified commodities to individuals in cases of hardship.

Prohibits the payment of any funds out of the Treasury to any private individual or corporation in satisfaction of a loan guarantee entered into by a Federal agency or corporation with respect to loans made and credits extended to the Polish People's Republic, unless: (1) the Republic has been declared to be in default of its debt to such individual or corporation; or (2) the President has provided a monthly written report to specified congressional leaders justifying any such payments during the previous month.

Directs the Secretary of Agriculture to initiate construction on not less than 20 new projects under the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act and not less than five new projects under the Flood Control Act.

Prohibits appropriations under any Act from being used to relocate the Hawaii State Office of the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) from Hilo, Hawaii, to Honolulu, Hawaii.

Exempts Department of Agriculture veterinarians from certain personal service contract restrictions.

Prohibits employee reductions below specified levels for FmHA, the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service, and the Soil Conservation Service.

Sets aside specified amounts of rural housing funds for low-income and very low-income borrowers. Permits low-income fund transfers to very low-income funds as the Secretary determines.

Authorizes the Secretary to defer principal and interest and forego foreclosure on FmHA loans. Requires the Secretary to implement related regulations within 60 days of enactment of this Act. Authorizes the transfer of specified funds from guaranteed operating loans to guaranteed farm ownership loans.