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Conference report filed in House (12/12/1985)

(Conference report filed in House, H. Rept. 99-439)

Title I: Agricultural Program - Appropriates funds for FY 1986 for the following programs and services: (1) Office of the Secretary of Agriculture; (2) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration: (3) standard level user charges; (4) building operations and maintenance for the Washington, D.C. Agriculture building complex; (5) advisory committees; (6) departmental administration; (7) Working Capital Fund; (8) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Governmental and Public Affairs (including public affairs, legislative liaison, and intergovernmental affairs); (9) Office of the Inspector General; (10) Office of the General Counsel; (11) Economic Research Service; (12) Statistical Reporting Service; (13) World Agricultural Outlook Board; (14) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Science and Education and the Office of Assistant Secretary for Economics; (15) Agricultural Research Service; (16) Cooperative State Research Service; (17) Extension Service; (18) National Agricultural Library; (19) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Marketing and Inspection Services; (20) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (including the transfer of the animal damage control program from the Department of the Interior to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service); (21) Food Safety and Inspection Service (with a specified amount available only to the extent of an official budget request to the Congress); (22) Federal Grain Inspection Service (with limitations on administrative expenses); (23) Agricultural Cooperative Service; (24) Agricultural Marketing Service (with limitations on administrative expenses, and including funds for strengthening markets, payments to States, and the Office of Transportation); (25) Packers and Stockyards Administration; (26) Office of the Under Secretary for International Affairs and Commodity Programs; (27) Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service; and (28) Dairy Indemnity Program.

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

Appropriates specified funds for the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation and for Commodity Credit Corporation reimbursements (with a specified amount available only to the extent of an official budget request to the Congress).

Title II: Rural Development Programs - Appropriates funds for rural development assistance as follows: (1) Office of the Under Secretary for Small Community and Rural Development; (2) Farmers Home Administration; (3) Rural Electrification Administration; (4) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment; (5) Soil Conservation Service; and (6) Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.

Title III: Domestic Food Programs - Appropriates funds for the: (1) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Food and Consumer Services; (2) Food and Nutrition Service, including the food stamp program; and (3) Human Nutrition Information Service.

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 (including foreign currency payments for scientific activities overseas).

Title V: Related Agencies - Appropriates funds for: (1) the Food and Drug Administration (with a specified amount available only to the extent of an official budget request to the Congress, and including a safety study of sulfiting agents to be completed by June 1, 1986); (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 production payments to recipients who have been found guilty in court of cultivating, storing, or harvesting 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. Limits the amounts that may be charged against such Fund for personal compensation.

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 65 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 from Hilo, Hawaii, to Honolulu, Hawaii.

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

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

Authorizes funds to be used for a one-year contract which is to be performed in two fiscal years if such contract's total amount is obligated in the same year for which the funds are appropriated.

States that appropriations shall be applied only to the objects for which the appropriations were made, unless otherwise provided by law.

Prohibits any FY 1986 funds from being used to restrict the Commodity Credit Corporation's authority to lease space for its own use or on behalf of other Department of Agriculture agencies when such space will be jointly occupied.

Amends the Biomass Energy and Alcohol Fuels Act of 1980 to extend ethanol loan guarantee authority through June 30, 1986.