H. Rept. 109-255 - 109th Congress (2005-2006)

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House Report 109-255 - MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES PROGRAMS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2006, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

[House Report 109-255]
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109th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    109-255

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MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR AGRICULTURE, RURAL DEVELOPMENT, FOOD AND DRUG 
   ADMINISTRATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES PROGRAMS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 
           ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2006, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

                                _______
                                

               October  26, 2005.--Ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

 Mr. Bonilla, from the committee of conference, submitted the following

                           CONFERENCE REPORT

                        [To accompany H.R. 2744]

    The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the 
two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 
2744) ``making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural 
Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies 
for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, and for other 
purposes'', having met, after full and free conference, have 
agreed to recommend and do recommend to their respective Houses 
as follows:
      That the House recede from its disagreement to the 
amendment of the Senate, and agree to the same with an 
amendment, as follows:
      In lieu of the matter stricken and inserted by said 
amendment, insert:
That the following sums are appropriated, out of any money in 
the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, for Agriculture, Rural 
Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies 
programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2006, and for 
other purposes, namely:

                                TITLE I

                         AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS

                  Production, Processing and Marketing

                        Office of the Secretary

    For necessary expenses of the Office of the Secretary of 
Agriculture, $5,127,000: Provided, That not to exceed $11,000 
of this amount shall be available for official reception and 
representation expenses, not otherwise provided for, as 
determined by the Secretary.

                          Executive Operations

                            CHIEF ECONOMIST

    For necessary expenses of the Chief Economist, including 
economic analysis, risk assessment, cost-benefit analysis, 
energy and new uses, and the functions of the World 
Agricultural Outlook Board, as authorized by the Agricultural 
Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1622g), $10,539,000.

                       NATIONAL APPEALS DIVISION

    For necessary expenses of the National Appeals Division, 
$14,524,000.

                 OFFICE OF BUDGET AND PROGRAM ANALYSIS

    For necessary expenses of the Office of Budget and Program 
Analysis, $8,298,000.

                        HOMELAND SECURITY STAFF

    For necessary expenses of the Homeland Security Staff, 
$934,000.

                Office of the Chief Information Officer

    For necessary expenses of the Office of the Chief 
Information Officer, $16,462,000.

                      Common Computing Environment

    For necessary expenses to acquire a Common Computing 
Environment for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the 
Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service, and Rural Development 
mission areas for information technology, systems, and 
services, $110,072,000, to remain available until expended, for 
the capital asset acquisition of shared information technology 
systems, including services as authorized by 7 U.S.C. 6915-16 
and 40 U.S.C. 1421-28: Provided, That obligation of these funds 
shall be consistent with the Department of Agriculture Service 
Center Modernization Plan of the county-based agencies, and 
shall be with the concurrence of the Department's Chief 
Information Officer: Provided further, That of the funds 
provided under this section, the Secretary shall acquire one 
meter natural color digital ortho-imagery of the entire state 
of Utah.

                 Office of the Chief Financial Officer

    For necessary expenses of the Office of the Chief Financial 
Officer, $5,874,000: Provided, That hereafter the Chief 
Financial Officer shall actively market and expand cross-
servicing activities of the National Finance Center: Provided 
further, That no funds made available by this appropriation may 
be obligated for FAIR Act or Circular A-76 activities until the 
Secretary has submitted to the Committees on Appropriations of 
both Houses of Congress and the Committee on Government Reform 
of the House of Representatives a report on the Department's 
contracting out policies, including agency budgets for 
contracting out.

           Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

    For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of the 
Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, $821,000.

                         Office of Civil Rights

    For necessary expenses of the Office of Civil Rights, 
$20,109,000.

          Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration

    For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of the 
Assistant Secretary for Administration, $676,000.

        Agriculture Buildings and Facilities and Rental Payments

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    For payment of space rental and related costs pursuant to 
Public Law 92-313, including authorities pursuant to the 1984 
delegation of authority from the Administrator of General 
Services to the Department of Agriculture under 40 U.S.C. 486, 
for programs and activities of the Department which are 
included in this Act, and for alterations and other actions 
needed for the Department and its agencies to consolidate 
unneeded space into configurations suitable for release to the 
Administrator of General Services, and for the operation, 
maintenance, improvement, and repair of Agriculture buildings 
and facilities, and for related costs, $187,734,000, to remain 
available until expended, as follows: for payments to the 
General Services Administration and the Department of Homeland 
Security for building security, $147,734,000, and for buildings 
operations and maintenance, $40,000,000: Provided, That amounts 
which are made available for space rental and related costs for 
the Department of Agriculture in this Act may be transferred 
between such appropriations to cover the costs of additional, 
new, or replacement space 15 days after notice thereof is 
transmitted to the Appropriations Committees of both Houses of 
Congress.

                     Hazardous Materials Management

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    For necessary expenses of the Department of Agriculture, to 
comply with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, 
Compensation, and Liability Act (42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.) and 
the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (42 U.S.C. 6901 et 
seq.), $12,000,000, to remain available until expended: 
Provided, That appropriations and funds available herein to the 
Department for Hazardous Materials Management may be 
transferred to any agency of the Department for its use in 
meeting all requirements pursuant to the above Acts on Federal 
and non-Federal lands.

                      Departmental Administration

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    For Departmental Administration, $23,103,000, to provide 
for necessary expenses for management support services to 
offices of the Department and for general administration, 
security, repairs and alterations, and other miscellaneous 
supplies and expenses not otherwise provided for and necessary 
for the practical and efficient work of the Department: 
Provided, That this appropriation shall be reimbursed from 
applicable appropriations in this Act for travel expenses 
incident to the holding of hearings as required by 5 U.S.C. 
551-558.

     Office of the Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of the 
Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations to carry out 
the programs funded by this Act, including programs involving 
intergovernmental affairs and liaison within the executive 
branch, $3,821,000: Provided, That these funds may be 
transferred to agencies of the Department of Agriculture funded 
by this Act to maintain personnel at the agency level: Provided 
further, That no funds made available by this appropriation may 
be obligated after 30 days from the date of enactment of this 
Act, unless the Secretary has notified the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress on the allocation of 
these funds by USDA agency: Provided further, That no other 
funds appropriated to the Department by this Act shall be 
available to the Department for support of activities of 
congressional relations.

                        Office of Communications

    For necessary expenses to carry out services relating to 
the coordination of programs involving public affairs, for the 
dissemination of agricultural information, and the coordination 
of information, work, and programs authorized by Congress in 
the Department, $9,509,000: Provided, That not to exceed 
$2,000,000 may be used for farmers' bulletins.

                    Office of the Inspector General

    For necessary expenses of the Office of the Inspector 
General, including employment pursuant to the Inspector General 
Act of 1978, $80,336,000, including such sums as may be 
necessary for contracting and other arrangements with public 
agencies and private persons pursuant to section 6(a)(9) of the 
Inspector General Act of 1978, and including not to exceed 
$125,000 for certain confidential operational expenses, 
including the payment of informants, to be expended under the 
direction of the Inspector General pursuant to Public Law 95-
452 and section 1337 of Public Law 97-98.

                     Office of the General Counsel

    For necessary expenses of the Office of the General 
Counsel, $39,351,000.

  Office of the Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics

    For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of the 
Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics to 
administer the laws enacted by the Congress for the Economic 
Research Service, the National Agricultural Statistics Service, 
the Agricultural Research Service, and the Cooperative State 
Research, Education, and Extension Service, $598,000.

                       Economic Research Service

    For necessary expenses of the Economic Research Service in 
conducting economic research and analysis, $75,931,000: 
Provided, That none of the funds made available by this Act or 
any other Act may be used by the Department of Agriculture to 
publish, disseminate, or distribute, internally or externally, 
Agriculture Information Bulletin Number 787: Provided further, 
That of the funds provided to the Economic Research Service, 
the Secretary of Agriculture shall use $350,000 to enter into 
an agreement for a comprehensive report on the economic 
development and current status of the sheep industry in the 
United States to be prepared by the National Academy of 
Sciences.

                National Agricultural Statistics Service

    For necessary expenses of the National Agricultural 
Statistics Service in conducting statistical reporting and 
service work, $140,700,000, of which up to $29,115,000 shall be 
available until expended for the Census of Agriculture.

                     Agricultural Research Service

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    For necessary expenses to enable the Agricultural Research 
Service to perform agricultural research and demonstration 
relating to production, utilization, marketing, and 
distribution (not otherwise provided for); home economics or 
nutrition and consumer use including the acquisition, 
preservation, and dissemination of agricultural information; 
and for acquisition of lands by donation, exchange, or purchase 
at a nominal cost not to exceed $100, and for land exchanges 
where the lands exchanged shall be of equal value or shall be 
equalized by a payment of money to the grantor which shall not 
exceed 25 percent of the total value of the land or interests 
transferred out of Federal ownership, $1,135,004,000: Provided, 
That appropriations hereunder shall be available for the 
operation and maintenance of aircraft and the purchase of not 
to exceed one for replacement only: Provided further, That 
appropriations hereunder shall be available pursuant to 7 
U.S.C. 2250 for the construction, alteration, and repair of 
buildings and improvements, but unless otherwise provided, the 
cost of constructing any one building shall not exceed 
$375,000, except for headhouses or greenhouses which shall each 
be limited to $1,200,000, and except for 10 buildings to be 
constructed or improved at a cost not to exceed $750,000 each, 
and the cost of altering any one building during the fiscal 
year shall not exceed 10 percent of the current replacement 
value of the building or $375,000, whichever is greater: 
Provided further, That the limitations on alterations contained 
in this Act shall not apply to modernization or replacement of 
existing facilities at Beltsville, Maryland: Provided further, 
That appropriations hereunder shall be available for granting 
easements at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center: 
Provided further, That the foregoing limitations shall not 
apply to replacement of buildings needed to carry out the Act 
of April 24, 1948 (21 U.S.C. 113a): Provided further, That the 
foregoing limitations shall not apply to the purchase of land 
at Florence, South Carolina: Provided further, That funds may 
be received from any State, other political subdivision, 
organization, or individual for the purpose of establishing or 
operating any research facility or research project of the 
Agricultural Research Service, as authorized by law: Provided 
further, That the Secretary, through the Agricultural Research 
Service, or successor, is authorized to lease approximately 40 
acres of land at the Central Plains Experiment Station, Nunn, 
Colorado, to the Board of Governors of the Colorado State 
University System, for its Shortgrass Steppe Biological Field 
Station, on such terms and conditions as the Secretary deems in 
the public interest: Provided further, That the Secretary 
understands that it is the intent of the University to 
construct research and educational buildings on the subject 
acreage and to conduct agricultural research and educational 
activities in these buildings: Provided further, That as 
consideration for a lease, the Secretary may accept the 
benefits of mutual cooperative research to be conducted by the 
Colorado State University and the Government at the Shortgrass 
Steppe Biological Field Station: Provided further, That the 
term of any lease shall be for no more than 20 years, but a 
lease may be renewed at the option of the Secretary on such 
terms and conditions as the Secretary deems in the public 
interest: Provided further, That the Agricultural Research 
Service may convey all rights and title of the United States, 
to a parcel of land comprising 19 acres, more or less, located 
in Section 2, Township 18 North, Range 14 East in Oktibbeha 
County, Mississippi, originally conveyed by the Board of 
Trustees of the Institution of Higher Learning of the State of 
Mississippi, and described in instruments recorded in Deed Book 
306 at pages 553-554, Deed Book 319 at page 219, and Deed Book 
33 at page 115, of the public land records of Oktibbeha County, 
Mississippi, including facilities, and fixed equipment, to the 
Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi, in their 
``as is'' condition, when vacated by the Agricultural Research 
Service: Provided further, That none of the funds appropriated 
under this heading shall be available to carry out research 
related to the production, processing, or marketing of tobacco 
or tobacco products.

                        BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES

    For acquisition of land, construction, repair, improvement, 
extension, alteration, and purchase of fixed equipment or 
facilities as necessary to carry out the agricultural research 
programs of the Department of Agriculture, where not otherwise 
provided, $131,195,000, to remain available until expended.

      Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service

                   RESEARCH AND EDUCATION ACTIVITIES

    For payments to agricultural experiment stations, for 
cooperative forestry and other research, for facilities, and 
for other expenses, $676,849,000, as follows: to carry out the 
provisions of the Hatch Act of 1887 (7 U.S.C. 361a-i), 
$178,757,000; for grants for cooperative forestry research (16 
U.S.C. 582a through a-7), $22,230,000; for payments to the 1890 
land-grant colleges, including Tuskegee University and West 
Virginia State University (7 U.S.C. 3222), $37,591,000, of 
which $1,507,496 shall be made available only for the purpose 
of ensuring that each institution shall receive no less than 
$1,000,000; for special grants for agricultural research (7 
U.S.C. 450i(c)), $128,223,000; for special grants for 
agricultural research on improved pest control (7 U.S.C. 
450i(c)), $14,798,000; for competitive research grants (7 
U.S.C. 450i(b)), $183,000,000; for the support of animal health 
and disease programs (7 U.S.C. 3195), $5,057,000; for 
supplemental and alternative crops and products (7 U.S.C. 
3319d), $1,187,000; for grants for research pursuant to the 
Critical Agricultural Materials Act (7 U.S.C. 178 et seq.), 
$1,102,000, to remain available until expended; for the 1994 
research grants program for 1994 institutions pursuant to 
section 536 of Public Law 103-382 (7 U.S.C. 301 note), 
$1,039,000, to remain available until expended; for rangeland 
research grants (7 U.S.C. 3333), $1,000,000; for higher 
education graduate fellowship grants (7 U.S.C. 3152(b)(6)), 
$3,738,000, to remain available until expended (7 U.S.C. 
2209b); for a veterinary medicine loan repayment program 
pursuant to section 1415A of the National Agricultural 
Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 
3101 et seq.), $500,000; for higher education challenge grants 
(7 U.S.C. 3152(b)(1)), $5,478,000; for a higher education 
multicultural scholars program (7 U.S.C. 3152(b)(5)), $998,000, 
to remain available until expended (7 U.S.C. 2209b); for an 
education grants program for Hispanic-serving Institutions (7 
U.S.C. 3241), $6,000,000; for noncompetitive grants for the 
purpose of carrying out all provisions of 7 U.S.C. 3242 
(section 759 of Public Law 106-78) to individual eligible 
institutions or consortia of eligible institutions in Alaska 
and in Hawaii, with funds awarded equally to each of the States 
of Alaska and Hawaii, $3,250,000; for a secondary agriculture 
education program and 2-year post-secondary education (7 U.S.C. 
3152(j)), $1,000,000; for aquaculture grants (7 U.S.C. 3322), 
$3,968,000; for sustainable agriculture research and education 
(7 U.S.C. 5811), $12,400,000; for a program of capacity 
building grants (7 U.S.C. 3152(b)(4)) to colleges eligible to 
receive funds under the Act of August 30, 1890 (7 U.S.C. 321-
326 and 328), including Tuskegee University and West Virginia 
State University, $12,312,000, to remain available until 
expended (7 U.S.C. 2209b); for payments to the 1994 
Institutions pursuant to section 534(a)(1) of Public Law 103-
382, $2,250,000; for resident instruction grants for insular 
areas under section 1491 of the National Agricultural Research, 
Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3363), 
$500,000; and for necessary expenses of Research and Education 
Activities, $50,471,000, of which $2,587,000 for the Research, 
Education, and Economics Information System and $2,051,000 for 
the Electronic Grants Information System, are to remain 
available until expended: Provided, That none of the funds 
appropriated under this heading shall be available to carry out 
research related to the production, processing, or marketing of 
tobacco or tobacco products: Provided further, That this 
paragraph shall not apply to research on the medical, 
biotechnological, food, and industrial uses of tobacco.

              NATIVE AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS ENDOWMENT FUND

    For the Native American Institutions Endowment Fund 
authorized by Public Law 103-382 (7 U.S.C. 301 note), 
$12,000,000, to remain available until expended.

                          EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

    For payments to States, the District of Columbia, Puerto 
Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, 
and American Samoa, $455,955,000, as follows: payments for 
cooperative extension work under the Smith-Lever Act, to be 
distributed under sections 3(b) and 3(c) of said Act, and under 
section 208(c) of Public Law 93-471, for retirement and 
employees' compensation costs for extension agents, 
$275,730,000; payments for extension work at the 1994 
Institutions under the Smith-Lever Act (7 U.S.C. 343(b)(3)), 
$3,273,000; payments for the nutrition and family education 
program for low-income areas under section 3(d) of the Act, 
$62,634,000; payments for the pest management program under 
section 3(d) of the Act, $9,960,000; payments for the farm 
safety program under section 3(d) of the Act, $4,563,000; 
payments for New Technologies for Ag Extension under section 
3(d) of the Act, $1,500,000; payments to upgrade research, 
extension, and teaching facilities at the 1890 land-grant 
colleges, including Tuskegee University and West Virginia State 
University, as authorized by section 1447 of Public Law 95-113 
(7 U.S.C. 3222b), $16,777,000, to remain available until 
expended; payments for youth-at-risk programs under section 
3(d) of the Smith-Lever Act, $7,728,000; for youth farm safety 
education and certification extension grants, to be awarded 
competitively under section 3(d) of the Act, $444,000; payments 
for carrying out the provisions of the Renewable Resources 
Extension Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 1671 et seq.), $4,060,000; 
payments for Indian reservation agents under section 3(d) of 
the Smith-Lever Act, $1,996,000; payments for sustainable 
agriculture programs under section 3(d) of the Act, $4,067,000; 
payments for rural health and safety education as authorized by 
section 502(i) of Public Law 92-419 (7 U.S.C. 2662(i)), 
$1,965,000; payments for cooperative extension work by the 
colleges receiving the benefits of the second Morrill Act (7 
U.S.C. 321-326 and 328) and Tuskegee University and West 
Virginia State University, $33,868,000, of which $1,724,884 
shall be made available only for the purpose of ensuring that 
each institution shall receive no less than $1,000,000; for 
grants to youth organizations pursuant to section 7630 of title 
7, United States Code, $2,000,000; and for necessary expenses 
of Extension Activities, $25,390,000.

                         INTEGRATED ACTIVITIES

    For the integrated research, education, and extension 
grants programs, including necessary administrative expenses, 
$55,792,000, as follows: for competitive grants programs 
authorized under section 406 of the Agricultural Research, 
Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7626), 
$45,792,000, including $12,867,000 for the water quality 
program, $14,847,000 for the food safety program, $4,167,000 
for the regional pest management centers program, $4,464,000 
for the Food Quality Protection Act risk mitigation program for 
major food crop systems, $1,389,000 for the crops affected by 
Food Quality Protection Act implementation, $3,106,000 for the 
methyl bromide transition program, and $1,874,000 for the 
organic transition program; for a competitive international 
science and education grants program authorized under section 
1459A of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and 
Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3292b), to remain 
available until expended, $1,000,000; for grants programs 
authorized under section 2(c)(1)(B) of Public Law 89-106, as 
amended, $744,000, to remain available until September 30, 2007 
for the critical issues program, and $1,334,000 for the 
regional rural development centers program; and $10,000,000 for 
the Food and Agriculture Defense Initiative authorized under 
section 1484 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, 
and Teaching Act of 1977, to remain available until September 
30, 2007.

              OUTREACH FOR SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED FARMERS

    For grants and contracts pursuant to section 2501 of the 
Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (7 
U.S.C. 2279), $6,000,000, to remain available until expended.

  Office of the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs

    For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of the 
Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs to 
administer programs under the laws enacted by the Congress for 
the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; the 
Agricultural Marketing Service; and the Grain Inspection, 
Packers and Stockyards Administration; $724,000.

               Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    For expenses, not otherwise provided for, necessary to 
prevent, control, and eradicate pests and plant and animal 
diseases; to carry out inspection, quarantine, and regulatory 
activities; and to protect the environment, as authorized by 
law, $815,461,000, of which $4,140,000 shall be available for 
the control of outbreaks of insects, plant diseases, animal 
diseases and for control of pest animals and birds to the 
extent necessary to meet emergency conditions; of which 
$39,000,000 shall be used for the boll weevil eradication 
program for cost share purposes or for debt retirement for 
active eradication zones; of which $33,340,000 shall be 
available for a National Animal Identification program: 
Provided, That no funds shall be used to formulate or 
administer a brucellosis eradication program for the current 
fiscal year that does not require minimum matching by the 
States of at least 40 percent: Provided further, That this 
appropriation shall be available for the operation and 
maintenance of aircraft and the purchase of not to exceed four, 
of which two shall be for replacement only: Provided further, 
That, in addition, in emergencies which threaten any segment of 
the agricultural production industry of this country, the 
Secretary may transfer from other appropriations or funds 
available to the agencies or corporations of the Department 
such sums as may be deemed necessary, to be available only in 
such emergencies for the arrest and eradication of contagious 
or infectious disease or pests of animals, poultry, or plants, 
and for expenses in accordance with sections 10411 and 10417 of 
the Animal Health Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 8310 and 8316) and 
sections 431 and 442 of the Plant Protection Act (7 U.S.C. 7751 
and 7772), and any unexpended balances of funds transferred for 
such emergency purposes in the preceding fiscal year shall be 
merged with such transferred amounts: Provided further, That 
appropriations hereunder shall be available pursuant to law (7 
U.S.C. 2250) for the repair and alteration of leased buildings 
and improvements, but unless otherwise provided the cost of 
altering any one building during the fiscal year shall not 
exceed 10 percent of the current replacement value of the 
building.
    In fiscal year 2006, the agency is authorized to collect 
fees to cover the total costs of providing technical 
assistance, goods, or services requested by States, other 
political subdivisions, domestic and international 
organizations, foreign governments, or individuals, provided 
that such fees are structured such that any entity's liability 
for such fees is reasonably based on the technical assistance, 
goods, or services provided to the entity by the agency, and 
such fees shall be credited to this account, to remain 
available until expended, without further appropriation, for 
providing such assistance, goods, or services.

                        BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES

    For plans, construction, repair, preventive maintenance, 
environmental support, improvement, extension, alteration, and 
purchase of fixed equipment or facilities, as authorized by 7 
U.S.C. 2250, and acquisition of land as authorized by 7 U.S.C. 
428a, $4,996,000, to remain available until expended.

                     Agricultural Marketing Service

                           MARKETING SERVICES

    For necessary expenses to carry out services related to 
consumer protection, agricultural marketing and distribution, 
transportation, and regulatory programs, as authorized by law, 
and for administration and coordination of payments to States, 
$75,376,000, including funds for the wholesale market 
development program for the design and development of wholesale 
and farmer market facilities for the major metropolitan areas 
of the country: Provided, That this appropriation shall be 
available pursuant to law (7 U.S.C. 2250) for the alteration 
and repair of buildings and improvements, but the cost of 
altering any one building during the fiscal year shall not 
exceed 10 percent of the current replacement value of the 
building.
    Fees may be collected for the cost of standardization 
activities, as established by regulation pursuant to law (31 
U.S.C. 9701).

                 LIMITATION ON ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

    Not to exceed $65,667,000 (from fees collected) shall be 
obligated during the current fiscal year for administrative 
expenses: Provided, That if crop size is understated and/or 
other uncontrollable events occur, the agency may exceed this 
limitation by up to 10 percent with notification to the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress.

    FUNDS FOR STRENGTHENING MARKETS, INCOME, AND SUPPLY (SECTION 32)

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    Funds available under section 32 of the Act of August 24, 
1935 (7 U.S.C. 612c), shall be used only for commodity program 
expenses as authorized therein, and other related operating 
expenses, including not less than $20,000,000 for replacement 
of a system to support commodity purchases, except for: (1) 
transfers to the Department of Commerce as authorized by the 
Fish and Wildlife Act of August 8, 1956; (2) transfers 
otherwise provided in this Act; and (3) not more than 
$16,055,000 for formulation and administration of marketing 
agreements and orders pursuant to the Agricultural Marketing 
Agreement Act of 1937 and the Agricultural Act of 1961.

                   PAYMENTS TO STATES AND POSSESSIONS

    For payments to departments of agriculture, bureaus and 
departments of markets, and similar agencies for marketing 
activities under section 204(b) of the Agricultural Marketing 
Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1623(b)), $3,847,000, of which not less 
than $2,500,000 shall be used to make a grant under this 
heading.

        Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    For necessary expenses to carry out the provisions of the 
United States Grain Standards Act, for the administration of 
the Packers and Stockyards Act, for certifying procedures used 
to protect purchasers of farm products, and the standardization 
activities related to grain under the Agricultural Marketing 
Act of 1946, $38,443,000: Provided, That this appropriation 
shall be available pursuant to law (7 U.S.C. 2250) for the 
alteration and repair of buildings and improvements, but the 
cost of altering any one building during the fiscal year shall 
not exceed 10 percent of the current replacement value of the 
building.

        LIMITATION ON INSPECTION AND WEIGHING SERVICES EXPENSES

    Not to exceed $42,463,000 (from fees collected) shall be 
obligated during the current fiscal year for inspection and 
weighing services: Provided, That if grain export activities 
require additional supervision and oversight, or other 
uncontrollable factors occur, this limitation may be exceeded 
by up to 10 percent with notification to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress.

             Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety

    For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of the 
Under Secretary for Food Safety to administer the laws enacted 
by the Congress for the Food Safety and Inspection Service, 
$602,000.

                   Food Safety and Inspection Service

    For necessary expenses to carry out services authorized by 
the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products 
Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act, including 
not to exceed $50,000 for representation allowances and for 
expenses pursuant to section 8 of the Act approved August 3, 
1956 (7 U.S.C. 1766), $837,756,000, of which no less than 
$753,252,000 shall be available for Federal food safety 
inspection; and in addition, $1,000,000 may be credited to this 
account from fees collected for the cost of laboratory 
accreditation as authorized by section 1327 of the Food, 
Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 
138f): Provided, That no fewer than 63 full time equivalent 
positions above the fiscal year 2002 level shall be employed 
during fiscal year 2006 for purposes dedicated solely to 
inspections and enforcement related to the Humane Methods of 
Slaughter Act: Provided further, That of the amount available 
under this heading, notwithstanding section 704 of this Act 
$4,000,000, available until September 30, 2007, shall be 
obligated to include the Humane Animal Tracking System as part 
of the Field Automation and Information Management System 
following notification to the Committees on Appropriations, 
which shall include a detailed explanation of the components of 
such system: Provided further, That of the total amount made 
available under this heading, no less than $20,653,000 shall be 
obligated for regulatory and scientific training: Provided 
further, That this appropriation shall be available pursuant to 
law (7 U.S.C. 2250) for the alteration and repair of buildings 
and improvements, but the cost of altering any one building 
during the fiscal year shall not exceed 10 percent of the 
current replacement value of the building.

    Office of the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural 
                                Services

    For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of the 
Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services to 
administer the laws enacted by Congress for the Farm Service 
Agency, the Foreign Agricultural Service, the Risk Management 
Agency, and the Commodity Credit Corporation, $635,000.

                          Farm Service Agency

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    For necessary expenses for carrying out the administration 
and implementation of programs administered by the Farm Service 
Agency, $1,030,000,000: Provided, That the Secretary is 
authorized to use the services, facilities, and authorities 
(but not the funds) of the Commodity Credit Corporation to make 
program payments for all programs administered by the Agency: 
Provided further, That other funds made available to the Agency 
for authorized activities may be advanced to and merged with 
this account: Provided further, That none of the funds made 
available by this Act may be used to pay the salaries or 
expenses of any officer or employee of the Department of 
Agriculture to close any local or county office of the Farm 
Service Agency unless the Secretary of Agriculture, not later 
than 30 days after the date on which the Secretary proposed the 
closure, holds a public meeting about the proposed closure in 
the county in which the local or county office is located, and, 
after the public meeting but not later than 120 days before the 
date on which the Secretary approves the closure, notifies the 
Committee on Agriculture and the Committee on Appropriations of 
the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, 
Nutrition, and Forestry and the Committee on Appropriations of 
the Senate, and the members of Congress from the State in which 
the local or county office is located of the proposed closure.

                         STATE MEDIATION GRANTS

    For grants pursuant to section 502(b) of the Agricultural 
Credit Act of 1987, as amended (7 U.S.C. 5101-5106), 
$4,250,000.

               GRASSROOTS SOURCE WATER PROTECTION PROGRAM

    For necessary expenses to carry out wellhead or groundwater 
protection activities under section 12400 of the Food Security 
Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3839bb-2), $3,750,000, to remain 
available until expended.

                        DAIRY INDEMNITY PROGRAM

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    For necessary expenses involved in making indemnity 
payments to dairy farmers and manufacturers of dairy products 
under a dairy indemnity program, $100,000, to remain available 
until expended: Provided, That such program is carried out by 
the Secretary in the same manner as the dairy indemnity program 
described in the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug 
Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 
(Public Law 106-387, 114 Stat. 1549A-12).

           AGRICULTURAL CREDIT INSURANCE FUND PROGRAM ACCOUNT

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    For gross obligations for the principal amount of direct 
and guaranteed farm ownership (7 U.S.C. 1922 et seq.) and 
operating (7 U.S.C. 1941 et seq.) loans, Indian tribe land 
acquisition loans (25 U.S.C. 488), and boll weevil loans (7 
U.S.C. 1989), to be available from funds in the Agricultural 
Credit Insurance Fund, as follows: farm ownership loans, 
$1,608,000,000, of which $1,400,000,000 shall be for guaranteed 
loans and $208,000,000 shall be for direct loans; operating 
loans, $2,074,632,000, of which $1,150,000,000 shall be for 
unsubsidized guaranteed loans, $274,632,000 shall be for 
subsidized guaranteed loans and $650,000,000 shall be for 
direct loans; Indian tribe land acquisition loans, $2,020,000; 
and for boll weevil eradication program loans, $100,000,000: 
Provided, That the Secretary shall deem the pink bollworm to be 
a boll weevil for the purpose of boll weevil eradication 
program loans.
    For the cost of direct and guaranteed loans, including the 
cost of modifying loans as defined in section 502 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as follows: farm ownership 
loans, $17,370,000, of which $6,720,000 shall be for guaranteed 
loans, and $10,650,000 shall be for direct loans; operating 
loans, $133,849,000, of which $34,845,000 shall be for 
unsubsidized guaranteed loans, $34,329,000 shall be for 
subsidized guaranteed loans, and $64,675,000 shall be for 
direct loans; and Indian tribe land acquisition loans, $81,000.
    In addition, for administrative expenses necessary to carry 
out the direct and guaranteed loan programs, $312,591,000, of 
which $304,591,000 shall be transferred to and merged with the 
appropriation for ``Farm Service Agency, Salaries and 
Expenses''.
    Funds appropriated by this Act to the Agricultural Credit 
Insurance Program Account for farm ownership and operating 
direct loans and guaranteed loans may be transferred among 
these programs: Provided, That the Committees on Appropriations 
of both Houses of Congress are notified at least 15 days in 
advance of any transfer.

                         Risk Management Agency

    For administrative and operating expenses, as authorized by 
section 226A of the Department of Agriculture Reorganization 
Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 6933), $77,048,000: Provided, That not to 
exceed $1,000 shall be available for official reception and 
representation expenses, as authorized by 7 U.S.C. 1506(i).

                              CORPORATIONS

    The following corporations and agencies are hereby 
authorized to make expenditures, within the limits of funds and 
borrowing authority available to each such corporation or 
agency and in accord with law, and to make contracts and 
commitments without regard to fiscal year limitations as 
provided by section 104 of the Government Corporation Control 
Act as may be necessary in carrying out the programs set forth 
in the budget for the current fiscal year for such corporation 
or agency, except as hereinafter provided.

                Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Fund

    For payments as authorized by section 516 of the Federal 
Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 1516), such sums as may be 
necessary, to remain available until expended.

                   Commodity Credit Corporation Fund

                 REIMBURSEMENT FOR NET REALIZED LOSSES

    For the current fiscal year, such sums as may be necessary 
to reimburse the Commodity Credit Corporation for net realized 
losses sustained, but not previously reimbursed, pursuant to 
section 2 of the Act of August 17, 1961 (15 U.S.C. 713a-11): 
Provided, That of the funds available to the Commodity Credit 
Corporation under section 11 of the Commodity Credit 
Corporation Charter Act (15 U.S.C 714i) for the conduct of its 
business with the Foreign Agricultural Service, up to 
$5,000,000 may be transferred to and used by the Foreign 
Agricultural Service for information resource management 
activities of the Foreign Agricultural Service that are not 
related to Commodity Credit Corporation business.

                       HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT

                        (LIMITATION ON EXPENSES)

    For the current fiscal year, the Commodity Credit 
Corporation shall not expend more than $5,000,000 for site 
investigation and cleanup expenses, and operations and 
maintenance expenses to comply with the requirement of section 
107(g) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, 
Compensation, and Liability Act (42 U.S.C. 9607(g)), and 
section 6001 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (42 
U.S.C. 6961).

                                TITLE II

                         CONSERVATION PROGRAMS

  Office of the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment

    For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of the 
Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment to 
administer the laws enacted by the Congress for the Forest 
Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, 
$744,000.

                 Natural Resources Conservation Service

                        CONSERVATION OPERATIONS

    For necessary expenses for carrying out the provisions of 
the Act of April 27, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 590a-f), including 
preparation of conservation plans and establishment of measures 
to conserve soil and water (including farm irrigation and land 
drainage and such special measures for soil and water 
management as may be necessary to prevent floods and the 
siltation of reservoirs and to control agricultural related 
pollutants); operation of conservation plant materials centers; 
classification and mapping of soil; dissemination of 
information; acquisition of lands, water, and interests therein 
for use in the plant materials program by donation, exchange, 
or purchase at a nominal cost not to exceed $100 pursuant to 
the Act of August 3, 1956 (7 U.S.C. 428a); purchase and 
erection or alteration or improvement of permanent and 
temporary buildings; and operation and maintenance of aircraft, 
$839,519,000, to remain available until May 31, 2007, of which 
not less than $10,650,000 is for snow survey and water 
forecasting, and not less than $10,547,000 is for operation and 
establishment of the plant materials centers, and of which not 
less than $27,500,000 shall be for the grazing lands 
conservation initiative: Provided, That appropriations 
hereunder shall be available pursuant to 7 U.S.C. 2250 for 
construction and improvement of buildings and public 
improvements at plant materials centers, except that the cost 
of alterations and improvements to other buildings and other 
public improvements shall not exceed $250,000: Provided 
further, That when buildings or other structures are erected on 
non-Federal land, that the right to use such land is obtained 
as provided in 7 U.S.C. 2250a: Provided further, That this 
appropriation shall be available for technical assistance and 
related expenses to carry out programs authorized by section 
202(c) of title II of the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control 
Act of 1974 (43 U.S.C. 1592(c)): Provided further, That 
qualified local engineers may be temporarily employed at per 
diem rates to perform the technical planning work of the 
Service.

                     WATERSHED SURVEYS AND PLANNING

    For necessary expenses to conduct research, investigation, 
and surveys of watersheds of rivers and other waterways, and 
for small watershed investigations and planning, in accordance 
with the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act (16 
U.S.C. 1001-1009), $6,083,000.

               WATERSHED AND FLOOD PREVENTION OPERATIONS

    For necessary expenses to carry out preventive measures, 
including but not limited to research, engineering operations, 
methods of cultivation, the growing of vegetation, 
rehabilitation of existing works and changes in use of land, in 
accordance with the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention 
Act (16 U.S.C. 1001-1005 and 1007-1009), the provisions of the 
Act of April 27, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 590a-f), and in accordance 
with the provisions of laws relating to the activities of the 
Department, $75,000,000, to remain available until expended; of 
which up to $10,000,000 may be available for the watersheds 
authorized under the Flood Control Act (33 U.S.C. 701 and 16 
U.S.C. 1006a): Provided, That not to exceed $30,000,000 of this 
appropriation shall be available for technical assistance: 
Provided further, That not to exceed $1,000,000 of this 
appropriation is available to carry out the purposes of the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-205), including 
cooperative efforts as contemplated by that Act to relocate 
endangered or threatened species to other suitable habitats as 
may be necessary to expedite project construction.

                    WATERSHED REHABILITATION PROGRAM

    For necessary expenses to carry out rehabilitation of 
structural measures, in accordance with section 14 of the 
Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act (16 U.S.C. 1012), 
and in accordance with the provisions of laws relating to the 
activities of the Department, $31,561,000, to remain available 
until expended.

                 RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT

    For necessary expenses in planning and carrying out 
projects for resource conservation and development and for 
sound land use pursuant to the provisions of sections 31 and 32 
of the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act (7 U.S.C. 1010-1011; 76 
Stat. 607); the Act of April 27, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 590a-f); and 
subtitle H of title XV of the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981 
(16 U.S.C. 3451-3461), $51,300,000, to remain available until 
expended: Provided, That the Secretary shall enter into a 
cooperative or contribution agreement, within 45 days of 
enactment of this Act, with a national association regarding a 
Resource Conservation and Development program and such 
agreement shall contain the same matching, contribution 
requirements, and funding level, set forth in a similar 
cooperative or contribution agreement with a national 
association in fiscal year 2002: Provided further, That not to 
exceed $3,411,000 shall be available for national headquarters 
activities.

                               TITLE III

                       RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

          Office of the Under Secretary for Rural Development

    For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of the 
Under Secretary for Rural Development to administer programs 
under the laws enacted by the Congress for the Rural Housing 
Service, the Rural Business-Cooperative Service, and the Rural 
Utilities Service, $635,000.

                  RURAL COMMUNITY ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    For the cost of direct loans, loan guarantees, and grants, 
as authorized by 7 U.S.C. 1926, 1926a, 1926c, 1926d, and 1932, 
except for sections 381E-H and 381N of the Consolidated Farm 
and Rural Development Act, $701,941,000, to remain available 
until expended, of which $82,620,000 shall be for rural 
community programs described in section 381E(d)(1) of such Act; 
of which $530,100,000 shall be for the rural utilities programs 
described in sections 381E(d)(2), 306C(a)(2), and 306D of such 
Act, of which not to exceed $500,000 shall be available for the 
rural utilities program described in section 306(a)(2)(B) of 
such Act, and of which not to exceed $1,000,000 shall be 
available for the rural utilities program described in section 
306E of such Act; and of which $89,221,000 shall be for the 
rural business and cooperative development programs described 
in sections 381E(d)(3) and 310B(f) of such Act: Provided, That 
of the total amount appropriated in this account, $25,000,000 
shall be for loans and grants to benefit Federally Recognized 
Native American Tribes, including grants for drinking water and 
waste disposal systems pursuant to section 306C of such Act, of 
which $4,464,000 shall be available for community facilities 
grants to tribal colleges, as authorized by section 306(a)(19) 
of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act, and of 
which $250,000 shall be available for a grant to a qualified 
national organization to provide technical assistance for rural 
transportation in order to promote economic development: 
Provided further, That of the amount appropriated for rural 
community programs, $6,350,000 shall be available for a Rural 
Community Development Initiative: Provided further, That such 
funds shall be used solely to develop the capacity and ability 
of private, nonprofit community-based housing and community 
development organizations, low-income rural communities, and 
Federally Recognized Native American Tribes to undertake 
projects to improve housing, community facilities, community 
and economic development projects in rural areas: Provided 
further, That such funds shall be made available to qualified 
private, nonprofit and public intermediary organizations 
proposing to carry out a program of financial and technical 
assistance: Provided further, That such intermediary 
organizations shall provide matching funds from other sources, 
including Federal funds for related activities, in an amount 
not less than funds provided: Provided further, That of the 
amount appropriated for the rural business and cooperative 
development programs, not to exceed $500,000 shall be made 
available for a grant to a qualified national organization to 
provide technical assistance for rural transportation in order 
to promote economic development; $2,000,000 shall be for grants 
to the Delta Regional Authority (7 U.S.C. 1921 et seq.) for any 
purpose under this heading: Provided further, That of the 
amount appropriated for rural utilities programs, not to exceed 
$25,000,000 shall be for water and waste disposal systems to 
benefit the Colonias along the United States/Mexico border, 
including grants pursuant to section 306C of such Act; 
$25,000,000 shall be for water and waste disposal systems for 
rural and native villages in Alaska pursuant to section 306D of 
such Act, with up to 2 percent available to administer the 
program and/or improve interagency coordination may be 
transferred to and merged with the appropriation for ``Rural 
Development, Salaries and Expenses'', of which $100,000 shall 
be provided to develop a regional system for centralized 
billing, operation, and management of rural water and sewer 
utilities through regional cooperatives, of which 25 percent 
shall be provided for water and sewer projects in regional 
hubs, and the State of Alaska shall provide a 25 percent cost 
share, and grantees may use up to 5 percent of grant funds, not 
to exceed $35,000 per community, for the completion of 
comprehensive community safe water plans; not to exceed 
$18,250,000 shall be for technical assistance grants for rural 
water and waste systems pursuant to section 306(a)(14) of such 
Act, unless the Secretary makes a determination of extreme 
need, of which $5,600,000 shall be for Rural Community 
Assistance Programs and not less than $850,000 shall be for a 
qualified national Native American organization to provide 
technical assistance for rural water systems for tribal 
communities; and not to exceed $13,750,000 shall be for 
contracting with qualified national organizations for a circuit 
rider program to provide technical assistance for rural water 
systems: Provided further, That of the total amount 
appropriated, not to exceed $21,367,000 shall be available 
through June 30, 2006, for authorized empowerment zones and 
enterprise communities and communities designated by the 
Secretary of Agriculture as Rural Economic Area Partnership 
Zones; of which $1,067,000 shall be for the rural community 
programs described in section 381E(d)(1) of such Act, of which 
$12,000,000 shall be for the rural utilities programs described 
in section 381E(d)(2) of such Act, and of which $8,300,000 
shall be for the rural business and cooperative development 
programs described in section 381E(d)(3) of such Act: Provided 
further, That of the amount appropriated for rural community 
programs, $18,000,000 shall be to provide grants for facilities 
in rural communities with extreme unemployment and severe 
economic depression (Public Law 106-387), with 5 percent for 
administration and capacity building in the State rural 
development offices: Provided further, That of the amount 
appropriated, $26,000,000 shall be transferred to and merged 
with the ``Rural Utilities Service, High Energy Cost Grants 
Account'' to provide grants authorized under section 19 of the 
Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 918a): Provided 
further, That any prior year balances for high cost energy 
grants authorized by section 19 of the Rural Electrification 
Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 901(19)) shall be transferred to and 
merged with the ``Rural Utilities Service, High Energy Costs 
Grants Account''.

                Rural Development Salaries and Expenses

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    For necessary expenses for carrying out the administration 
and implementation of programs in the Rural Development mission 
area, including activities with institutions concerning the 
development and operation of agricultural cooperatives; and for 
cooperative agreements; $164,625,000: Provided, That of the 
funds appropriated under this title for salaries and expenses, 
$11,147,000, to remain available until September 30, 2007, 
shall be used to complete the consolidation of Rural 
Development activities in St. Louis, Missouri: Provided 
further, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, funds 
appropriated under this section may be used for advertising and 
promotional activities that support the Rural Development 
mission area: Provided further, That not more than $10,000 may 
be expended to provide modest nonmonetary awards to non-USDA 
employees: Provided further, That any balances available from 
prior years for the Rural Utilities Service, Rural Housing 
Service, and the Rural Business-Cooperative Service salaries 
and expenses accounts shall be transferred to and merged with 
this appropriation.

                         Rural Housing Service

              RURAL HOUSING INSURANCE FUND PROGRAM ACCOUNT

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    For gross obligations for the principal amount of direct 
and guaranteed loans as authorized by title V of the Housing 
Act of 1949, to be available from funds in the rural housing 
insurance fund, as follows: $4,821,832,000 for loans to section 
502 borrowers, as determined by the Secretary, of which 
$1,140,799,000 shall be for direct loans, and of which 
$3,681,033,000 shall be for unsubsidized guaranteed loans; 
$35,000,000 for section 504 housing repair loans; $100,000,000 
for section 515 rental housing; $100,000,000 for section 538 
guaranteed multi-family housing loans; $5,000,000 for section 
524 site loans; $11,500,000 for credit sales of acquired 
property, of which up to $1,500,000 may be for multi-family 
credit sales; and $5,048,000 for section 523 self-help housing 
land development loans.
    For the cost of direct and guaranteed loans, including the 
cost of modifying loans, as defined in section 502 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, as follows: section 502 
loans, $170,837,000, of which $129,937,000 shall be for direct 
loans, and of which $40,900,000, to remain available until 
expended, shall be for unsubsidized guaranteed loans; section 
504 housing repair loans, $10,238,000; repair, rehabilitation, 
and new construction of section 515 rental housing, 
$45,880,000; section 538 multi-family housing guaranteed loans, 
$5,420,000; multi-family credit sales of acquired property, 
$681,000; and section 523 self-help housing and development 
loans, $52,000: Provided, That of the total amount appropriated 
in this paragraph, $2,500,000 shall be available through June 
30, 2006, for authorized empowerment zones and enterprise 
communities and communities designated by the Secretary of 
Agriculture as Rural Economic Area Partnership Zones: Provided 
further, That any funds under this paragraph initially 
allocated by the Secretary for housing projects in the State of 
Alaska that are not obligated by September 30, 2006, shall be 
carried over until September 30, 2007, and made available for 
such housing projects only in the State of Alaska.
    For additional costs to conduct a demonstration program for 
the preservation and revitalization of the section 515 multi-
family rental housing properties, $9,000,000: Provided, That 
funding made available under this heading shall be used to 
restructure existing section 515 loans, as the Secretary deems 
appropriate, expressly for the purposes of ensuring the project 
has sufficient resources to preserve the project for the 
purpose of providing safe and affordable housing for low-income 
residents including reducing or eliminating interest; deferring 
loan payments, subordinating, reducing or reamortizing loan 
debt; and other financial assistance including advances and 
incentives required by the Secretary.
    In addition, for administrative expenses necessary to carry 
out the direct and guaranteed loan programs, $454,809,000, 
which shall be transferred to and merged with the appropriation 
for ``Rural Development, Salaries and Expenses'', of which not 
less than $1,000,000 shall be made available for the Secretary 
to contract with third parties to acquire the necessary 
automation and technical services needed to restructure section 
515 mortgages.

                       RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

    For rental assistance agreements entered into or renewed 
pursuant to the authority under section 521(a)(2) or agreements 
entered into in lieu of debt forgiveness or payments for 
eligible households as authorized by section 502(c)(5)(D) of 
the Housing Act of 1949, $653,102,000; and, in addition, such 
sums as may be necessary, as authorized by section 521(c) of 
the Act, to liquidate debt incurred prior to fiscal year 1992 
to carry out the rental assistance program under section 
521(a)(2) of the Act: Provided, That of this amount, up to 
$8,000,000 shall be available for debt forgiveness or payments 
for eligible households as authorized by section 502(c)(5)(D) 
of the Act, and not to exceed $50,000 per project for advances 
to nonprofit organizations or public agencies to cover direct 
costs (other than purchase price) incurred in purchasing 
projects pursuant to section 502(c)(5)(C) of the Act: Provided 
further, That agreements entered into or renewed during the 
current fiscal year shall be funded for a four-year period: 
Provided further, That any unexpended balances remaining at the 
end of such four-year agreements may be transferred and used 
for the purposes of any debt reduction; maintenance, repair, or 
rehabilitation of any existing projects; preservation; and 
rental assistance activities authorized under title V of the 
Act: Provided further, That rental assistance that is recovered 
from projects that are subject to prepayment shall be 
deobligated and reallocated for vouchers and debt forgiveness 
or payments consistent with the requirements of this Act for 
purposes authorized under section 542 and section 502(c)(5)(D) 
of the Housing Act of 1949, as amended.

                     RURAL HOUSING VOUCHER PROGRAM

    For the rural housing voucher program as authorized under 
section 542 of the Housing Act of 1949, (without regard to 
section 542(b)), $16,000,000, to remain available until 
expended: Provided, That such vouchers shall be available to 
any low-income household (including those not receiving rental 
assistance) residing in a property financed with a section 515 
loan which has been prepaid after September 30, 2005: Provided 
further, That the amount of the voucher shall be the difference 
between comparable market rent for the section 515 unit and the 
tenant paid rent for such unit: Provided further, That funds 
made available for such vouchers, shall be subject to the 
availability of annual appropriations: Provided further, That 
the Secretary shall, to the maximum extent practicable, 
administer such vouchers with current regulations and 
administrative guidance applicable for section 8 housing 
vouchers administered by the Secretary of the Department of 
Housing and Urban Development (including the ability to pay 
administrative costs related to delivery of the voucher funds).

                  MUTUAL AND SELF-HELP HOUSING GRANTS

    For grants and contracts pursuant to section 523(b)(1)(A) 
of the Housing Act of 1949 (42 U.S.C. 1490c), $34,000,000, to 
remain available until expended: Provided, That of the total 
amount appropriated, $1,000,000 shall be available through June 
30, 2006, for authorized empowerment zones and enterprise 
communities and communities designated by the Secretary of 
Agriculture as Rural Economic Area Partnership Zones.

                    RURAL HOUSING ASSISTANCE GRANTS

    For grants and contracts for very low-income housing 
repair, supervisory and technical assistance, compensation for 
construction defects, and rural housing preservation made by 
the Rural Housing Service, as authorized by 42 U.S.C. 1474, 
1479(c), 1490e, and 1490m, $43,976,000, to remain available 
until expended: Provided, That $2,976,000 shall be made 
available for loans to private non-profit organizations, or 
such non-profit organizations' affiliate loan funds and State 
and local housing finance agencies, to carry out a housing 
demonstration program to provide revolving loans for the 
preservation of low-income multi-family housing projects: 
Provided further, That loans under such demonstration program 
shall have an interest rate of not more than 1 percent direct 
loan to the recipient: Provided further, That the Secretary may 
defer the interest and principal payment to the Rural Housing 
Service for up to 3 years and the term of such loans shall not 
exceed 30 years: Provided further, That of the total amount 
appropriated, $1,200,000 shall be available through June 30, 
2006, for authorized empowerment zones and enterprise 
communities and communities designated by the Secretary of 
Agriculture as Rural Economic Area Partnership Zones.

                       FARM LABOR PROGRAM ACCOUNT

    For the cost of direct loans, grants, and contracts, as 
authorized by 42 U.S.C. 1484 and 1486, $31,168,000, to remain 
available until expended, for direct farm labor housing loans 
and domestic farm labor housing grants and contracts.

                  Rural Business--Cooperative Service

              RURAL DEVELOPMENT LOAN FUND PROGRAM ACCOUNT

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    For the principal amount of direct loans, as authorized by 
the Rural Development Loan Fund (42 U.S.C. 9812(a)), 
$34,212,000.
    For the cost of direct loans, $14,718,000, as authorized by 
the Rural Development Loan Fund (42 U.S.C. 9812(a)), of which 
$1,724,000 shall be available through June 30, 2006, for 
Federally Recognized Native American Tribes and of which 
$3,449,000 shall be available through June 30, 2006, for 
Mississippi Delta Region counties (as determined in accordance 
with Public Law 100-460): Provided, That of such amount made 
available, the Secretary may provide up to $1,500,000 for the 
Delta Regional Authority (7 U.S.C. 1921 et seq.): Provided 
further, That such costs, including the cost of modifying such 
loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974: Provided further, That of the total amount 
appropriated, $887,000 shall be available through June 30, 
2006, for the cost of direct loans for authorized empowerment 
zones and enterprise communities and communities designated by 
the Secretary of Agriculture as Rural Economic Area Partnership 
Zones.
    In addition, for administrative expenses to carry out the 
direct loan programs, $4,793,000 shall be transferred to and 
merged with the appropriation for ``Rural Development, Salaries 
and Expenses''.

            RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LOANS PROGRAM ACCOUNT

                    (INCLUDING RESCISSION OF FUNDS)

    For the principal amount of direct loans, as authorized 
under section 313 of the Rural Electrification Act, for the 
purpose of promoting rural economic development and job 
creation projects, $25,003,000.
    For the cost of direct loans, including the cost of 
modifying loans as defined in section 502 of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974, $4,993,000, to remain available until 
expended.
    Of the funds derived from interest on the cushion of credit 
payments, as authorized by section 313 of the Rural 
Electrification Act of 1936, $170,000,000 shall not be 
obligated and $170,000,000 are rescinded.

                  RURAL COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

    For rural cooperative development grants authorized under 
section 310B(e) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development 
Act (7 U.S.C. 1932), $29,488,000, of which $500,000 shall be 
for a cooperative research agreement with a qualified academic 
institution to conduct research on the national economic impact 
of all types of cooperatives; and of which $2,500,000 shall be 
for cooperative agreements for the appropriate technology 
transfer for rural areas program: Provided, That not to exceed 
$1,488,000 shall be for cooperatives or associations of 
cooperatives whose primary focus is to provide assistance to 
small, minority producers and whose governing board and/or 
membership is comprised of at least 75 percent minority; and of 
which $20,500,000, to remain available until expended, shall be 
for value-added agricultural product market development grants, 
as authorized by section 6401 of the Farm Security and Rural 
Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 1621 note).

       RURAL EMPOWERMENT ZONES AND ENTERPRISE COMMUNITIES GRANTS

    For grants in connection with second and third rounds of 
empowerment zones and enterprise communities, $11,200,000, to 
remain available until expended, for designated rural 
empowerment zones and rural enterprise communities, as 
authorized by the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 and the Omnibus 
Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 
1999 (Public Law 105-277): Provided, That of the funds 
appropriated, $1,000,000 shall be made available to third round 
empowerment zones, as authorized by the Community Renewal Tax 
Relief Act (Public Law 106-554).

                        RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM

    For the cost of a program of direct loans, loan guarantees, 
and grants, under the same terms and conditions as authorized 
by section 9006 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act 
of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8106), $23,000,000 for direct and guaranteed 
renewable energy loans and grants: Provided, That the cost of 
direct loans and loan guarantees, including the cost of 
modifying such loans, shall be as defined in section 502 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

                        Rural Utilities Service

   RURAL ELECTRIFICATION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS LOANS PROGRAM ACCOUNT

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    Insured loans pursuant to the authority of section 305 of 
the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 935) shall be 
made as follows: 5 percent rural electrification loans, 
$100,000,000; municipal rate rural electric loans, 
$100,000,000; loans made pursuant to section 306 of that Act, 
rural electric, $2,700,000,000; Treasury rate direct electric 
loans, $1,000,000,000; guaranteed underwriting loans pursuant 
to section 313A, $1,500,000,000; 5 percent rural 
telecommunications loans, $145,000,000; cost of money rural 
telecommunications loans, $424,000,000; and for loans made 
pursuant to section 306 of that Act, rural telecommunications 
loans, $125,000,000.
    For the cost, as defined in section 502 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, including the cost of 
modifying loans, of direct and guaranteed loans authorized by 
sections 305 and 306 of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 
(7 U.S.C. 935 and 936), as follows: cost of rural electric 
loans, $6,160,000, and the cost of telecommunications loans, 
$212,000: Provided, That notwithstanding section 305(d)(2) of 
the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, borrower interest rates 
may exceed 7 percent per year.
    In addition, for administrative expenses necessary to carry 
out the direct and guaranteed loan programs, $38,784,000 which 
shall be transferred to and merged with the appropriation for 
``Rural Development, Salaries and Expenses''.

                  RURAL TELEPHONE BANK PROGRAM ACCOUNT

              (INCLUDING TRANSFER AND RESCISSION OF FUNDS)

    The Rural Telephone Bank is hereby authorized to make such 
expenditures, within the limits of funds available to such 
corporation in accord with law, and to make such contracts and 
commitments without regard to fiscal year limitations as 
provided by section 104 of the Government Corporation Control 
Act, as may be necessary in carrying out its authorized 
programs.
    For administrative expenses, including audits, necessary to 
continue to service existing loans, $2,500,000, which shall be 
transferred to and merged with the appropriation for ``Rural 
Development, Salaries and Expenses''.
    Of the unobligated balances from the Rural Telephone Bank 
Liquidating Account, $2,500,000 shall not be obligated and 
$2,500,000 are rescinded.

         DISTANCE LEARNING, TELEMEDICINE, AND BROADBAND PROGRAM

    For the principal amount of direct distance learning and 
telemedicine loans, $25,000,000; and for the principal amount 
of broadband telecommunication loans, $500,000,000.
    For the cost of direct loans and grants for telemedicine 
and distance learning services in rural areas, as authorized by 
7 U.S.C. 950aaa et seq., $30,375,000, to remain available until 
expended, of which $375,000 shall be for direct loans: 
Provided, That the cost of direct loans shall be as defined in 
section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974: Provided 
further, That $5,000,000 shall be made available to convert 
analog to digital operation those noncommercial educational 
television broadcast stations that serve rural areas and are 
qualified for Community Service Grants by the Corporation for 
Public Broadcasting under section 396(k) of the Communications 
Act of 1934, including associated translators and repeaters, 
regardless of the location of their main transmitter, studio-
to-transmitter links, and equipment to allow local control over 
digital content and programming through the use of high-
definition broadcast, multi-casting and datacasting 
technologies.
    For the cost of broadband loans, as authorized by 7 U.S.C. 
901 et seq., $10,750,000, to remain available until September 
30, 2007: Provided, That the interest rate for such loans shall 
be the cost of borrowing to the Department of the Treasury for 
obligations of comparable maturity: Provided further, That the 
cost of direct loans shall be as defined in section 502 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974.
    In addition, $9,000,000, to remain available until 
expended, for a grant program to finance broadband transmission 
in rural areas eligible for Distance Learning and Telemedicine 
Program benefits authorized by 7 U.S.C. 950aaa.

                                TITLE IV

                         DOMESTIC FOOD PROGRAMS

Office of the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services

    For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of the 
Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services to 
administer the laws enacted by the Congress for the Food and 
Nutrition Service, $599,000.

                       Food and Nutrition Service

                        CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAMS

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    For necessary expenses to carry out the National School 
Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.), except section 21, and the 
Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.), except 
sections 17 and 21; $12,660,829,000, to remain available 
through September 30, 2007, of which $7,473,208,000 is hereby 
appropriated and $5,187,621,000 shall be derived by transfer 
from funds available under section 32 of the Act of August 24, 
1935 (7 U.S.C. 612c): Provided, That none of the funds made 
available under this heading shall be used for studies and 
evaluations: Provided further, That up to $5,235,000 shall be 
available for independent verification of school food service 
claims.

SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR WOMEN, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN 
                                 (WIC)

    For necessary expenses to carry out the special 
supplemental nutrition program as authorized by section 17 of 
the Child Nutrition Act of 1966 (42 U.S.C. 1786), 
$5,257,000,000, to remain available through September 30, 2007, 
of which such sums as are necessary to restore the contingency 
reserve to $125,000,000 shall be placed in reserve, to remain 
available until expended, to be allocated as the Secretary 
deems necessary, notwithstanding section 17(i) of such Act, to 
support participation should cost or participation exceed 
budget estimates: Provided, That of the total amount available, 
the Secretary shall obligate not less than $15,000,000 for a 
breastfeeding support initiative in addition to the activities 
specified in section 17(h)(3)(A): Provided further, That only 
the provisions of section 17(h)(10)(B)(i) and section 
17(h)(10)(B)(ii) shall be effective in 2006; including 
$14,000,000 for the purposes specified in section 
17(h)(10)(B)(i) and $20,000,000 for the purposes specified in 
section 17(h)(10)(B)(ii): Provided further, That funds made 
available for the purposes specified in section 
17(h)(10)(B)(ii) shall only be made available upon a 
determination by the Secretary that funds are available to meet 
caseload requirements without the use of the contingency 
reserve funds: Provided further, That none of the funds made 
available under this heading shall be used for studies and 
evaluations: Provided further, That none of the funds in this 
Act shall be available to pay administrative expenses of WIC 
clinics except those that have an announced policy of 
prohibiting smoking within the space used to carry out the 
program: Provided further, That none of the funds provided in 
this account shall be available for the purchase of infant 
formula except in accordance with the cost containment and 
competitive bidding requirements specified in section 17 of 
such Act: Provided further, That none of the funds provided 
shall be available for activities that are not fully reimbursed 
by other Federal Government departments or agencies unless 
authorized by section 17 of such Act.

                           FOOD STAMP PROGRAM

    For necessary expenses to carry out the Food Stamp Act (7 
U.S.C. 2011 et seq.), $40,711,395,000, of which $3,000,000,000 
to remain available through September 30, 2007, shall be placed 
in reserve for use only in such amounts and at such times as 
may become necessary to carry out program operations: Provided, 
That none of the funds made available under this heading shall 
be used for studies and evaluations: Provided further, That of 
the funds made available under this heading and not already 
appropriated to the Food Distribution Program on Indian 
Reservations (FDPIR) established under section 4(b) of the Food 
Stamp Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 2013(b)), not less than $3,000,000 
shall be used to purchase bison meat for the FDPIR from Native 
American bison producers as well as from producer-owned 
cooperatives of bison ranchers: Provided further, That funds 
provided herein shall be expended in accordance with section 16 
of the Food Stamp Act: Provided further, That this 
appropriation shall be subject to any work registration or 
workfare requirements as may be required by law: Provided 
further, That funds made available for Employment and Training 
under this heading shall remain available until expended, as 
authorized by section 16(h)(1) of the Food Stamp Act: Provided 
further, That notwithstanding section 5(d) of the Food Stamp 
Act of 1977, any additional payment received under chapter 5 of 
title 37, United States Code, by a member of the United States 
Armed Forces deployed to a designated combat zone shall be 
excluded from household income for the duration of the member's 
deployment if the additional pay is the result of deployment to 
or while serving in a combat zone, and it was not received 
immediately prior to serving in the combat zone.

                      COMMODITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

    For necessary expenses to carry out disaster assistance and 
the commodity supplemental food program as authorized by 
section 4(a) of the Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 
1973 (7 U.S.C. 612c note); the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 
1983; special assistance (in a form determined by the Secretary 
of Agriculture) for the nuclear affected islands, as authorized 
by section 103(f)(2) of the Compact of Free Association 
Amendments Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-188); and the Farmers' 
Market Nutrition Program, as authorized by section 17(m) of the 
Child Nutrition Act of 1966, $179,366,000, to remain available 
through September 30, 2007: Provided, That none of these funds 
shall be available to reimburse the Commodity Credit 
Corporation for commodities donated to the program: Provided 
further, That notwithstanding any other provision of law, 
effective with funds made available in fiscal year 2006 to 
support the Seniors Farmers' Market Nutrition Program, as 
authorized by section 4402 of Public Law 107-171, such funds 
shall remain available through September 30, 2007: Provided 
further, That of the funds made available under section 27(a) 
of the Food Stamp Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 2011 et seq.), the 
Secretary may use up to $10,000,000 for costs associated with 
the distribution of commodities.

                   NUTRITION PROGRAMS ADMINISTRATION

    For necessary administrative expenses of the domestic 
nutrition assistance programs funded under this Act, 
$140,761,000.

                                TITLE V

                FOREIGN ASSISTANCE AND RELATED PROGRAMS

                      Foreign Agricultural Service

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    For necessary expenses of the Foreign Agricultural Service, 
including carrying out title VI of the Agricultural Act of 1954 
(7 U.S.C. 1761-1768), market development activities abroad, and 
for enabling the Secretary to coordinate and integrate 
activities of the Department in connection with foreign 
agricultural work, including not to exceed $158,000 for 
representation allowances and for expenses pursuant to section 
8 of the Act approved August 3, 1956 (7 U.S.C. 1766), 
$147,901,000: Provided, That the Service may utilize advances 
of funds, or reimburse this appropriation for expenditures made 
on behalf of Federal agencies, public and private organizations 
and institutions under agreements executed pursuant to the 
agricultural food production assistance programs (7 U.S.C. 
1737) and the foreign assistance programs of the United States 
Agency for International Development.

  PUBLIC LAW 480 TITLE I DIRECT CREDIT AND FOOD FOR PROGRESS PROGRAM 
                                ACCOUNT

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    For the cost, as defined in section 502 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, of agreements under the 
Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act of 1954, and 
the Food for Progress Act of 1985, including the cost of 
modifying credit arrangements under said Acts, $65,040,000, to 
remain available until expended: Provided, That the Secretary 
of Agriculture may implement a commodity monetization program 
under existing provisions of the Food for Progress Act of 1985 
to provide no less than $5,000,000 in local-currency funding 
support for rural electrification development overseas.
    In addition, for administrative expenses to carry out the 
credit program of title I, Public Law 83-480, and the Food for 
Progress Act of 1985, to the extent funds appropriated for 
Public Law 83-480 are utilized, $3,385,000, of which $168,000 
may be transferred to and merged with the appropriation for 
``Foreign Agricultural Service, Salaries and Expenses'', and of 
which $3,217,000 may be transferred to and merged with the 
appropriation for ``Farm Service Agency, Salaries and 
Expenses''.

        PUBLIC LAW 480 TITLE I OCEAN FREIGHT DIFFERENTIAL GRANTS

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFER OF FUNDS)

    For ocean freight differential costs for the shipment of 
agricultural commodities under title I of the Agricultural 
Trade Development and Assistance Act of 1954 and under the Food 
for Progress Act of 1985, $11,940,000, to remain available 
until expended: Provided, That funds made available for the 
cost of agreements under title I of the Agricultural Trade 
Development and Assistance Act of 1954 and for title I ocean 
freight differential may be used interchangeably between the 
two accounts with prior notice to the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress.

                     PUBLIC LAW 480 TITLE II GRANTS

    For expenses during the current fiscal year, not otherwise 
recoverable, and unrecovered prior years' costs, including 
interest thereon, under the Agricultural Trade Development and 
Assistance Act of 1954, for commodities supplied in connection 
with dispositions abroad under title II of said Act, 
$1,150,000,000, to remain available until expended.

       COMMODITY CREDIT CORPORATION EXPORT LOANS PROGRAM ACCOUNT

                     (INCLUDING TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

    For administrative expenses to carry out the Commodity 
Credit Corporation's export guarantee program, GSM 102 and GSM 
103, $5,279,000; to cover common overhead expenses as permitted 
by section 11 of the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act 
and in conformity with the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990, 
of which $3,440,000 may be transferred to and merged with the 
appropriation for ``Foreign Agricultural Service, Salaries and 
Expenses'', and of which $1,839,000 may be transferred to and 
merged with the appropriation for ``Farm Service Agency, 
Salaries and Expenses''.

  MC GOVERN-DOLE INTERNATIONAL FOOD FOR EDUCATION AND CHILD NUTRITION 
                             PROGRAM GRANTS

    For necessary expenses to carry out the provisions of 
section 3107 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 
2002 (7 U.S.C. 1736o-1), $100,000,000, to remain available 
until expended: Provided, That the Commodity Credit Corporation 
is authorized to provide the services, facilities, and 
authorities for the purpose of implementing such section, 
subject to reimbursement from amounts provided herein.

                                TITLE VI

           RELATED AGENCIES AND FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION

                DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

                      Food and Drug Administration

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

    For necessary expenses of the Food and Drug Administration, 
including hire and purchase of passenger motor vehicles; for 
payment of space rental and related costs pursuant to Public 
Law 92-313 for programs and activities of the Food and Drug 
Administration which are included in this Act; for rental of 
special purpose space in the District of Columbia or elsewhere; 
for miscellaneous and emergency expenses of enforcement 
activities, authorized and approved by the Secretary and to be 
accounted for solely on the Secretary's certificate, not to 
exceed $25,000; and notwithstanding section 521 of Public Law 
107-188; $1,838,567,000: Provided, That of the amount provided 
under this heading, $305,332,000 shall be derived from 
prescription drug user fees authorized by 21 U.S.C. 379h, shall 
be credited to this account and remain available until 
expended, and shall not include any fees pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 
379h(a)(2) and (a)(3) assessed for fiscal year 2007 but 
collected in fiscal year 2006; $40,300,000 shall be derived 
from medical device user fees authorized by 21 U.S.C. 379j, and 
shall be credited to this account and remain available until 
expended; and $11,318,000 shall be derived from animal drug 
user fees authorized by 21 U.S.C. 379j, and shall be credited 
to this account and remain available until expended: Provided 
further, That fees derived from prescription drug, medical 
device, and animal drug assessments received during fiscal year 
2006, including any such fees assessed prior to the current 
fiscal year but credited during the current year, shall be 
subject to the fiscal year 2006 limitation: Provided further, 
That none of these funds shall be used to develop, establish, 
or operate any program of user fees authorized by 31 U.S.C. 
9701: Provided further, That of the total amount appropriated: 
(1) $443,153,000 shall be for the Center for Food Safety and 
Applied Nutrition and related field activities in the Office of 
Regulatory Affairs; (2) $520,564,000 shall be for the Center 
for Drug Evaluation and Research and related field activities 
in the Office of Regulatory Affairs; (3) $178,714,000 shall be 
for the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research and for 
related field activities in the Office of Regulatory Affairs; 
(4) $99,787,000 shall be for the Center for Veterinary Medicine 
and for related field activities in the Office of Regulatory 
Affairs; (5) $245,770,000 shall be for the Center for Devices 
and Radiological Health and for related field activities in the 
Office of Regulatory Affairs; (6) $41,152,000 shall be for the 
National Center for Toxicological Research; (7) $58,515,000 
shall be for Rent and Related activities, of which $21,974,000 
is for White Oak Consolidation, other than the amounts paid to 
the General Services Administration for rent; (8) $134,853,000 
shall be for payments to the General Services Administration 
for rent; and (9) $116,059,000 shall be for other activities, 
including the Office of the Commissioner; the Office of 
Management; the Office of External Relations; the Office of 
Policy and Planning; and central services for these offices: 
Provided further, That funds may be transferred from one 
specified activity to another with the prior approval of the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress.
    In addition, mammography user fees authorized by 42 U.S.C. 
263b may be credited to this account, to remain available until 
expended.
    In addition, export certification user fees authorized by 
21 U.S.C. 381 may be credited to this account, to remain 
available until expended.

                        BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES

    For plans, construction, repair, improvement, extension, 
alteration, and purchase of fixed equipment or facilities of or 
used by the Food and Drug Administration, where not otherwise 
provided, $8,000,000, to remain available until expended.

                          INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

                  Commodity Futures Trading Commission

    For necessary expenses to carry out the provisions of the 
Commodity Exchange Act (7 U.S.C. 1 et seq.), including the 
purchase and hire of passenger motor vehicles, and the rental 
of space (to include multiple year leases) in the District of 
Columbia and elsewhere, $98,386,000, including not to exceed 
$3,000 for official reception and representation expenses.

                       Farm Credit Administration

                 LIMITATION ON ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

    Not to exceed $44,250,000 (from assessments collected from 
farm credit institutions and from the Federal Agricultural 
Mortgage Corporation) shall be obligated during the current 
fiscal year for administrative expenses as authorized under 12 
U.S.C. 2249: Provided, That this limitation shall not apply to 
expenses associated with receiverships.

                               TITLE VII

                           GENERAL PROVISIONS

             (including rescissions and transfers of funds)

    Sec. 701. Within the unit limit of cost fixed by law, 
appropriations and authorizations made for the Department of 
Agriculture for the current fiscal year under this Act shall be 
available for the purchase, in addition to those specifically 
provided for, of not to exceed 320 passenger motor vehicles, of 
which 320 shall be for replacement only, and for the hire of 
such vehicles.
    Sec. 702. Hereafter, funds appropriated by this or any 
other Appropriations Act to the Department of Agriculture 
(excluding the Forest Service) shall be available for uniforms 
or allowances as authorized by law (5 U.S.C. 5901-5902).
    Sec. 703. Hereafter, funds appropriated by this or any 
other Appropriations Act to the Department of Agriculture 
(excluding the Forest Service) shall be available for 
employment pursuant to the second sentence of section 706(a) of 
the Department of Agriculture Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 
2225) and 5 U.S.C. 3109.
    Sec. 704. New obligational authority provided for the 
following appropriation items in this Act shall remain 
available until expended: Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service, the contingency fund to meet emergency conditions, 
information technology infrastructure, fruit fly program, 
emerging plant pests, boll weevil program, low pathogen avian 
influenza program, up to $33,340,000 in animal health 
monitoring and surveillance for the animal identification 
system, up to $1,500,000 in the scrapie program for 
indemnities, up to $3,000,000 in the emergency management 
systems program for the vaccine bank, up to $1,000,000 for 
wildlife services methods development, up to $1,000,000 of the 
wildlife services operations program for aviation safety, and 
up to 25 percent of the screwworm program; Food Safety and 
Inspection Service, field automation and information management 
project; Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension 
Service, funds for competitive research grants (7 U.S.C. 
450i(b)), funds for the Research, Education, and Economics 
Information System, and funds for the Native American 
Institutions Endowment Fund; Farm Service Agency, salaries and 
expenses funds made available to county committees; Foreign 
Agricultural Service, middle-income country training program, 
and up to $2,000,000 of the Foreign Agricultural Service 
appropriation solely for the purpose of offsetting fluctuations 
in international currency exchange rates, subject to 
documentation by the Foreign Agricultural Service.
    Sec. 705. The Secretary of Agriculture may transfer 
unobligated balances of discretionary funds appropriated by 
this Act or other available unobligated discretionary balances 
of the Department of Agriculture to the Working Capital Fund 
for the acquisition of plant and capital equipment necessary 
for the delivery of financial, administrative, and information 
technology services of primary benefit to the agencies of the 
Department of Agriculture: Provided, That none of the funds 
made available by this Act or any other Act shall be 
transferred to the Working Capital Fund without the prior 
approval of the agency administrator: Provided further, That 
none of the funds transferred to the Working Capital Fund 
pursuant to this section shall be available for obligation 
without the prior approval of the Committees on Appropriations 
of both Houses of Congress.
    Sec. 706. No part of any appropriation contained in this 
Act shall remain available for obligation beyond the current 
fiscal year unless expressly so provided herein.
    Sec. 707. Hereafter, not to exceed $50,000 in each fiscal 
year of the funds appropriated by this or any other 
Appropriations Act to the Department of Agriculture (excluding 
the Forest Service) shall be available to provide appropriate 
orientation and language training pursuant to section 606C of 
the Act of August 28, 1954 (7 U.S.C. 1766b).
    Sec. 708. No funds appropriated by this Act may be used to 
pay negotiated indirect cost rates on cooperative agreements or 
similar arrangements between the United States Department of 
Agriculture and nonprofit institutions in excess of 10 percent 
of the total direct cost of the agreement when the purpose of 
such cooperative arrangements is to carry out programs of 
mutual interest between the two parties. This does not preclude 
appropriate payment of indirect costs on grants and contracts 
with such institutions when such indirect costs are computed on 
a similar basis for all agencies for which appropriations are 
provided in this Act.
    Sec. 709. None of the funds in this Act shall be available 
to pay indirect costs charged against competitive agricultural 
research, education, or extension grant awards issued by the 
Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service 
that exceed 20 percent of total Federal funds provided under 
each award: Provided, That notwithstanding section 1462 of the 
National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy 
Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3310), funds provided by this Act for 
grants awarded competitively by the Cooperative State Research, 
Education, and Extension Service shall be available to pay full 
allowable indirect costs for each grant awarded under section 9 
of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 638).
    Sec. 710. Hereafter, loan levels provided in this or any 
other Appropriations Act to the Department of Agriculture shall 
be considered estimates, not limitations.
    Sec. 711. Appropriations to the Department of Agriculture 
for the cost of direct and guaranteed loans made available in 
the current fiscal year shall remain available until expended 
to cover obligations made in the current fiscal year for the 
following accounts: the Rural Development Loan Fund program 
account, the Rural Electrification and Telecommunication Loans 
program account, and the Rural Housing Insurance Fund program 
account.
    Sec. 712. Of the funds made available by this Act, not more 
than $1,800,000 shall be used to cover necessary expenses of 
activities related to all advisory committees, panels, 
commissions, and task forces of the Department of Agriculture, 
except for panels used to comply with negotiated rule makings 
and panels used to evaluate competitively awarded grants.
    Sec. 713. None of the funds appropriated by this Act may be 
used to carry out section 410 of the Federal Meat Inspection 
Act (21 U.S.C. 679a) or section 30 of the Poultry Products 
Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 471).
    Sec. 714. No employee of the Department of Agriculture may 
be detailed or assigned from an agency or office funded by this 
Act to any other agency or office of the Department for more 
than 30 days unless the individual's employing agency or office 
is fully reimbursed by the receiving agency or office for the 
salary and expenses of the employee for the period of 
assignment.
    Sec. 715. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available to the Department of Agriculture or the Food and Drug 
Administration shall be used to transmit or otherwise make 
available to any non-Department of Agriculture or non-
Department of Health and Human Services employee questions or 
responses to questions that are a result of information 
requested for the appropriations hearing process.
    Sec. 716. None of the funds made available to the 
Department of Agriculture by this Act may be used to acquire 
new information technology systems or significant upgrades, as 
determined by the Office of the Chief Information Officer, 
without the approval of the Chief Information Officer and the 
concurrence of the Executive Information Technology Investment 
Review Board: Provided, That notwithstanding any other 
provision of law, none of the funds appropriated or otherwise 
made available by this Act may be transferred to the Office of 
the Chief Information Officer without the prior approval of the 
Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress: 
Provided further, That none of the funds available to the 
Department of Agriculture for information technology shall be 
obligated for projects over $25,000 prior to receipt of written 
approval by the Chief Information Officer.
    Sec. 717. (a) None of the funds provided by this Act, or 
provided by previous Appropriations Acts to the agencies funded 
by this Act that remain available for obligation or expenditure 
in the current fiscal year, or provided from any accounts in 
the Treasury of the United States derived by the collection of 
fees available to the agencies funded by this Act, shall be 
available for obligation or expenditure through a reprogramming 
of funds which--
            (1) creates new programs;
            (2) eliminates a program, project, or activity;
            (3) increases funds or personnel by any means for 
        any project or activity for which funds have been 
        denied or restricted;
            (4) relocates an office or employees;
            (5) reorganizes offices, programs, or activities; 
        or
            (6) contracts out or privatizes any functions or 
        activities presently performed by Federal employees; 
        unless the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses 
        of Congress are notified 15 days in advance of such 
        reprogramming of funds.
    (b) None of the funds provided by this Act, or provided by 
previous Appropriations Acts to the agencies funded by this Act 
that remain available for obligation or expenditure in the 
current fiscal year, or provided from any accounts in the 
Treasury of the United States derived by the collection of fees 
available to the agencies funded by this Act, shall be 
available for obligation or expenditure for activities, 
programs, or projects through a reprogramming of funds in 
excess of $500,000 or 10 percent, which-ever is less, that: (1) 
augments existing programs, projects, or activities; (2) 
reduces by 10 percent funding for any existing program, 
project, or activity, or numbers of personnel by 10 percent as 
approved by Congress; or (3) results from any general savings 
from a reduction in personnel which would result in a change in 
existing programs, activities, or projects as approved by 
Congress; unless the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress are notified 15 days in advance of such 
reprogramming of funds.
    (c) The Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Health 
and Human Services, or the Chairman of the Commodity Futures 
Trading Commission shall notify the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress before implementing a 
program or activity not carried out during the previous fiscal 
year unless the program or activity is funded by this Act or 
specifically funded by any other Act.
    Sec. 718. With the exception of funds needed to administer 
and conduct oversight of grants awarded and obligations 
incurred in prior fiscal years, none of the funds appropriated 
or otherwise made available by this or any other Act may be 
used to pay the salaries and expenses of personnel to carry out 
the provisions of section 401 of Public Law 105-185, the 
Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems (7 U.S.C. 
7621).
    Sec. 719. None of the funds appropriated by this or any 
other Act shall be used to pay the salaries and expenses of 
personnel who prepare or submit appropriations language as part 
of the President's Budget submission to the Congress of the 
United States for programs under the jurisdiction of the 
Appropriations Subcommittees on Agriculture, Rural Development, 
Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies that assumes 
revenues or reflects a reduction from the previous year due to 
user fees proposals that have not been enacted into law prior 
to the submission of the Budget unless such Budget submission 
identifies which additional spending reductions should occur in 
the event the user fees proposals are not enacted prior to the 
date of the convening of a committee of conference for the 
fiscal year 2007 appropriations Act.
    Sec. 720. None of the funds made available by this or any 
other Act may be used to close or relocate a State Rural 
Development office unless or until cost effectiveness and 
enhancement of program delivery have been determined.
    Sec. 721. In addition to amounts otherwise appropriated or 
made available by this Act, $2,500,000 is appropriated for the 
purpose of providing Bill Emerson and Mickey Leland Hunger 
Fellowships, through the Congressional Hunger Center.
    Sec. 722. Hereafter, notwithstanding section 412 of the 
Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act of 1954 (7 
U.S.C. 1736f), any balances available to carry out title III of 
such Act as of the date of enactment of this Act, and any 
recoveries and reimbursements that become available to carry 
out title III of such Act, may be used to carry out title II of 
such Act.
    Sec. 723. There is hereby appropriated $1,250,000 for a 
grant to the National Sheep Industry Improvement Center, to 
remain available until expended.
    Sec. 724. The Secretary of Agriculture shall--
            (1) as soon as practicable after the date of 
        enactment of this Act, conduct an evaluation of any 
        impacts of the court decision in Harvey v. Veneman, 396 
        F.3d 28 (1st Cir. Me. 2005); and
            (2) not later than 90 days after the date of 
        enactment of this Act, submit to Congress a report 
        that--
                    (A) describes the results of the evaluation 
                conducted under paragraph (1);
                    (B) includes a determination by the 
                Secretary on whether restoring the National 
                Organic Program, as in effect on the day before 
                the date of the court decision described in 
                paragraph (1), would adversely affect organic 
                farmers, organic food processors, and 
                consumers;
                    (C) analyzes issues regarding the use of 
                synthetic ingredients in processing and 
                handling;
                    (D) analyzes the utility of expedited 
                petitions for commercially unavailable 
                agricultural commodities and products; and
                    (E) considers the use of crops and forage 
                from land included in the organic system plan 
                of dairy farms that are in the third year of 
                organic management.
    Sec. 725. Hereafter, of any shipments of commodities made 
pursuant to section 416(b) of the Agricultural Act of 1949 (7 
U.S.C. 1431(b)), the Secretary of Agriculture shall, to the 
extent practicable, direct that tonnage equal in value to not 
more than $25,000,000 shall be made available to foreign 
countries to assist in mitigating the effects of the Human 
Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome 
on communities, including the provision of--
            (1) agricultural commodities to--
                    (A) individuals with Human Immunodeficiency 
                Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome in 
                the communities; and
                    (B) households in the communities, 
                particularly individuals caring for orphaned 
                children; and
            (2) agricultural commodities monetized to provide 
        other assistance (including assistance under 
        microcredit and microenterprise programs) to create or 
        restore sustainable livelihoods among individuals in 
        the communities, particularly individuals caring for 
        orphaned children.
    Sec. 726. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
Natural Resources Conservation Service shall provide financial 
and technical assistance--
            (1) from funds available for the Watershed and 
        Flood Prevention Operations program--
                    (A) to the Kane County, Illinois, Indian 
                Creek Watershed Flood Prevention Project, in an 
                amount not to exceed $1,000,000;
                    (B) for the Muskingam River Watershed, 
                Mohican River, Jerome and Muddy Fork, Ohio, 
                obstruction removal projects, in an amount not 
                to exceed $1,800,000;
                    (C) to the Hickory Creek Special Drainage 
                District, Bureau County, Illinois, in an amount 
                not to exceed $50,000; and
                    (D) to the Little Red River Irrigation 
                project, Arkansas, in an amount not to exceed 
                $210,000;
            (2) through the Watershed and Flood Prevention 
        Operations program for--
                    (A) the Matanuska River erosion control 
                project in Alaska;
                    (B) the Little Otter Creek project in 
                Missouri;
                    (C) the Manoa Watershed project in Hawaii;
                    (D) the West Tarkio project in Iowa;
                    (E) the Steeple Run and West Branch DuPage 
                River Watershed projects in DuPage County, 
                Illinois; and
                    (F) the Coal Creek project in Utah;
            (3) through the Watershed and Flood Prevention 
        Operations program to carry out the East Locust Creek 
        Watershed Plan Revision in Missouri, including up to 
        100 percent of the engineering assistance and 75 
        percent cost share for construction cost of site RW1; 
        and
            (4) through funds of the Conservation Operations 
        program provided for the Utah Conservation Initiative 
        for completion of the American Fork water quality and 
        habitat restoration project in Utah.
    Sec. 727. Hereafter, none of the funds made available in 
this Act may be transferred to any department, agency, or 
instrumentality of the United States Government, except 
pursuant to a transfer made by, or transfer authority provided 
in, this or any other appropriation Act.
    Sec. 728. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, of 
the funds made available in this Act for competitive research 
grants (7 U.S.C. 450i(b)), the Secretary may use up to 22 
percent of the amount provided to carry out a competitive 
grants program under the same terms and conditions as those 
provided in section 401 of the Agricultural Research, 
Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7621).
    Sec. 729. None of the funds appropriated or made available 
by this or any other Act may be used to pay the salaries and 
expenses of personnel to carry out section 14(h)(1) of the 
Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act (16 U.S.C. 
1012(h)(1)).
    Sec. 730. None of the funds made available to the Food and 
Drug Administration by this Act shall be used to close or 
relocate, or to plan to close or relocate, the Food and Drug 
Administration Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis in St. 
Louis, Missouri, outside the city or county limits of St. 
Louis, Missouri.
    Sec. 731. None of the funds appropriated or made available 
by this or any other Act may be used to pay the salaries and 
expenses of personnel to carry out subtitle I of the 
Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 2009dd 
through dd-7).
    Sec. 732. Hereafter, agencies and offices of the Department 
of Agriculture may utilize any unobligated salaries and 
expenses funds to reimburse the Office of the General Counsel 
for salaries and expenses of personnel, and for other related 
expenses, incurred in representing such agencies and offices in 
the resolution of complaints by employees or applicants for 
employment, and in cases and other matters pending before the 
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Labor 
Relations Authority, or the Merit Systems Protection Board with 
the prior approval of the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress.
    Sec. 733. None of the funds appropriated or made available 
by this or any other Act may be used to pay the salaries and 
expenses of personnel to carry out section 6405 of Public Law 
107-171 (7 U.S.C. 2655).
    Sec. 734. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this or any other Act shall be used to pay the 
salaries and expenses of personnel to enroll in excess of 
150,000 acres in the calendar year 2006 wetlands reserve 
program as authorized by 16 U.S.C. 3837.
    Sec. 735. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this or any other Act shall be used to pay the 
salaries and expenses of personnel who carry out an 
environmental quality incentives program authorized by chapter 
4 of subtitle D of title XII of the Food Security Act of 1985 
(16 U.S.C. 3839aa et seq.) in excess of $1,017,000,000.
    Sec. 736. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this or any other Act shall be used to pay the 
salaries and expenses of personnel to expend the $23,000,000 
made available by section 9006(f) of the Farm Security and 
Rural Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 8106(f)).
    Sec. 737. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available under this or any other Act shall be used to pay the 
salaries and expenses of personnel to expend the $80,000,000 
made available by section 601(j)(1) of the Rural 
Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 950bb(j)(1)).
    Sec. 738. None of the funds made available in fiscal year 
2006 or preceding fiscal years for programs authorized under 
the Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act of 1954 
(7 U.S.C. 1691 et seq.) in excess of $20,000,000 shall be used 
to reimburse the Commodity Credit Corporation for the release 
of eligible commodities under section 302(f)(2)(A) of the Bill 
Emerson Humanitarian Trust Act (7 U.S.C. 1736f-1): Provided, 
That any such funds made available to reimburse the Commodity 
Credit Corporation shall only be used pursuant to section 
302(b)(2)(B)(i) of the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust Act.
    Sec. 739. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this or any other Act shall be used to pay the 
salaries and expenses of personnel to expend the $120,000,000 
made available by section 6401(a) of Public Law 107-171.
    Sec. 740. Notwithstanding subsections (c) and (e)(2) of 
section 313A of the Rural Electrification Act (7 U.S.C. 940c(c) 
and (e)(2)) in implementing section 313A of that Act, the 
Secretary shall, with the consent of the lender, structure the 
schedule for payment of the annual fee, not to exceed an 
average of 30 basis points per year for the term of the loan, 
to ensure that sufficient funds are available to pay the 
subsidy costs for note guarantees under that section.
    Sec. 741. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this or any other Act shall be used to pay the 
salaries and expenses of personnel to carry out a Conservation 
Security Program authorized by 16 U.S.C. 3838 et seq., in 
excess of $259,000,000.
    Sec. 742. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this or any other Act shall be used to pay the 
salaries and expenses of personnel to carry out section 2502 of 
Public Law 107-171 in excess of $43,000,000.
    Sec. 743. Of the unobligated balances available in the 
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and 
Children reserve account, $32,000,000 is hereby rescinded.
    Sec. 744. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this or any other Act shall be used to pay the 
salaries and expenses of personnel to carry out section 2503 of 
Public Law 107-171 in excess of $73,500,000.
    Sec. 745. With the exception of funds provided in fiscal 
year 2005, none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this or any other Act shall be used to carry out 
section 6029 of Public Law 107-171.
    Sec. 746. Hereafter, none of the funds appropriated or 
otherwise made available in this Act shall be expended to 
violate Public Law 105-264.
    Sec. 747. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this or any other Act shall be used to pay the 
salaries and expenses of personnel to carry out a ground and 
surface water conservation program authorized by section 2301 
of Public Law 107-171 in excess of $51,000,000.
    Sec. 748. None of the funds made available by this Act may 
be used to issue a final rule in furtherance of, or otherwise 
implement, the proposed rule on cost-sharing for animal and 
plant health emergency programs of the Animal and Plant Health 
Inspection Service published on July 8, 2003 (Docket No. 02-
062-1; 68 Fed. Reg. 40541).
    Sec. 749. Hereafter, notwithstanding any other provision of 
law, the Secretary of Agriculture may use appropriations 
available to the Secretary for activities authorized under 
sections 426-426c of title 7, United States Code, under this or 
any other Act, to enter into cooperative agreements, with a 
State, political subdivision, or agency thereof, a public or 
private agency, organization, or any other person, to lease 
aircraft if the Secretary determines that the objectives of the 
agreement will: (1) serve a mutual interest of the parties to 
the agreement in carrying out the programs administered by the 
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Wildlife Services; 
and (2) all parties will contribute resources to the 
accomplishment of these objectives; award of a cooperative 
agreement authorized by the Secretary may be made for an 
initial term not to exceed 5 years.
    Sec. 750. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this or any other Act shall be used to pay the 
salaries and expenses of personnel to carry out section 9010 of 
Public Law 107-171 in excess of $60,000,000.
    Sec. 751. Hereafter, agencies and offices of the Department 
of Agriculture may utilize any available discretionary funds to 
cover the costs of preparing, or contracting for the 
preparation of, final agency decisions regarding complaints of 
discrimination in employment or program activities arising 
within such agencies and offices.
    Sec. 752. Funds made available under section 1240I and 
section 1241(a) of the Food Security Act of 1985 in the current 
fiscal year shall remain available until expended to cover 
obligations made in the current fiscal year, and are not 
available for new obligations.
    Sec. 753. There is hereby appropriated $750,000, to remain 
available until expended, for the Denali Commission to address 
deficiencies in solid waste disposal sites which threaten to 
contaminate rural drinking water supplies.
    Sec. 754. Notwithstanding any other provision of law--
            (1) the City of Palmer, Alaska shall be eligible to 
        receive a water and waste disposal grant under section 
        306(a) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development 
        Act (7 U.S.C. 1926(a)) in an amount that is equal to 
        not more than 75 percent of the total cost of providing 
        water and sewer service to the proposed hospital in the 
        Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska;
            (2) or any percentage of cost limitation in current 
        law or regulations, the construction projects known as 
        the Tri-Valley Community Center addition in Healy, 
        Alaska; the Cold Climate Housing Research Center in 
        Fairbanks, Alaska; and the University of Alaska-
        Fairbanks Allied Health Learning Center skill labs/
        classrooms shall be eligible to receive Community 
        Facilities grants in amounts that are equal to not more 
        than 75 percent of the total facility costs: Provided, 
        That for the purposes of this paragraph, the Cold 
        Climate Housing Research Center is designated an 
        ``essential community facility'' for rural Alaska;
            (3) for any fiscal year and hereafter, in the case 
        of a high cost isolated rural area in Alaska that is 
        not connected to a road system, the maximum level for 
        the single family housing assistance shall be 150 
        percent of the median household income level in the 
        nonmetropolitan areas of the State and 115 percent of 
        all other eligible areas of the State; and
            (4) any former RUS borrower that has repaid or 
        prepaid an insured, direct or guaranteed loan under the 
        Rural Electrification Act, or any not-for-profit 
        utility that is eligible to receive an insured or 
        direct loan under such Act, shall be eligible for 
        assistance under Section 313(b)(2)(B) of such Act in 
        the same manner as a borrower under such Act.
    Sec. 755. There is hereby appropriated $1,000,000, to 
remain available until expended, for a grant to the Ohio 
Livestock Expo Center in Springfield, Ohio.
    Sec. 756. Hereafter, notwithstanding the provisions of the 
Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (including the 
associated regulations) governing the Community Facilities 
Program, the Secretary may allow all Community Facility Program 
facility borrowers and grantees to enter into contracts with 
not-for-profit third parties for services consistent with the 
requirements of the Program, grant, and/or loan: Provided, That 
the contracts protect the interests of the Government regarding 
cost, liability, maintenance, and administrative fees.
    Sec. 757. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this or any other Act shall be used to pay the 
salaries and expenses of personnel to carry out an Agricultural 
Management Assistance Program as authorized by section 524 of 
the Federal Crop Insurance Act in excess of $6,000,000 (7 
U.S.C. 1524).
    Sec. 758. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to make funding and 
other assistance available through the emergency watershed 
protection program under section 403 of the Agricultural Credit 
Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 2203) to repair and prevent damage to 
non-Federal land in watersheds that have been impaired by fires 
initiated by the Federal Government and shall waive cost 
sharing requirements for the funding and assistance.
    Sec. 759. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this or any other Act shall be used to pay the 
salaries and expenses of personnel to carry out a Biomass 
Research and Development Program in excess of $12,000,000, as 
authorized by Public Law 106-224 (7 U.S.C. 7624 note).
    Sec. 760. None of the funds provided in this Act may be 
used for salaries and expenses to carry out any regulation or 
rule insofar as it would make ineligible for enrollment in the 
conservation reserve program established under subchapter B of 
chapter 1 of subtitle D of title XII of the Food Security Act 
of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3831 et seq.) land that is planted to 
hardwood trees as of the date of enactment of this Act and was 
enrolled in the conservation reserve program under a contract 
that expired prior to calendar year 2002.
    Sec. 761. Notwithstanding 40 U.S.C. 524, 571, and 572, the 
Secretary of Agriculture may sell the U.S. Water Conservation 
Laboratory, Phoenix, Arizona, and credit the net proceeds of 
such sale as offsetting collections to its Agricultural 
Research Service Buildings and Facilities account. Such funds 
shall be available until September 30, 2007 to be used to 
replace these facilities and to improve other USDA-owned 
facilities.
    Sec. 762. None of the funds provided in this Act may be 
used for salaries and expenses to draft or implement any 
regulation or rule insofar as it would require recertification 
of rural status for each electric and telecommunications 
borrower for the Rural Electrification and Telecommunication 
Loans program.
    Sec. 763. The Secretary of Agriculture may use any 
unobligated carryover funds made available for any program 
administered by the Rural Utilities Service (not including 
funds made available under the heading ``Rural Community 
Advancement Program'' in any Act of appropriation) to carry out 
section 315 of the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 
940e).
    Sec. 764. There is hereby appropriated $650,000, to remain 
available until expended, to carry out provisions of section 
751 of division A of Public Law 108-7.
    Sec. 765. (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, 
and until the receipt of the decennial Census in the year 2010, 
the Secretary of Agriculture shall consider--
            (1) the City of Bridgeton, New Jersey, the City of 
        Kinston, North Carolina, and the City of Portsmouth, 
        Ohio as rural areas for the purposes of Rural Housing 
        Service Community Facilities Program loans and grants;
            (2) the Township of Bloomington, Illinois 
        (including individuals and entities with projects 
        within Township) shall be eligible for Rural Housing 
        Service Community Facilities Programs loans and grants;
            (3) the City of Lone Grove, Oklahoma (including 
        individuals and entities with projects within the city) 
        shall be eligible for Rural Housing Service Community 
        Facilities Program loans and grants;
            (4) the City of Butte/Silverbow, Montana, rural 
        areas for purposes of eligibility for Rural Utilities 
        Service water and waste water loans and grants and 
        Rural Housing Service Community Facilities Program 
        loans and grants;
            (5) Cleburne County, Arkansas, rural areas for 
        purposes of eligibility of Rural Utilities Service 
        water and waste water loans and grants;
            (6) the designated Census track areas for the Upper 
        Kanawha Valley Enterprise Community, West Virginia, 
        rural areas for purposes of eligibility for rural 
        empowerment zones and enterprise community programs in 
        the rural development mission area;
            (7) the Municipality of Carolina, Puerto Rico, as 
        meeting the eligibility requirements for Rural 
        Utilities Service water and waste water loans and 
        grants;
            (8) the Municipalities of Vega Baja, Manati, 
        Guayama, Fajardo, Humacao, and Naguabo, Puerto Rico, 
        (including individuals and entities with projects 
        within the Municipalities) shall be eligible for Rural 
        Community Advancement Program loans and grants and 
        intermediate relending programs;
            (9) the City of Hidalgo, Texas as a rural area for 
        the purpose of the Rural Business-Cooperative Service 
        Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program;
            (10) the City of Elgin, Oklahoma (including 
        individuals and entities with projects within the city) 
        shall be eligible for Rural Utilities Service water and 
        waste water loans and grants; and
            (11) the City of Lodi, California, the City of 
        Atchison, Kansas, and the City of Belle Glade, Florida 
        as rural areas for the purposes of the Rural Utilities 
        Service water and waste water loans and grants.
    Sec. 766. There is hereby appropriated $200,000 for a grant 
to Alaska Village Initiatives for the purpose of administering 
a private lands wildlife management program in Alaska.
    Sec. 767. There is hereby appropriated $2,250,000, to 
remain available until expended, for a grant to the Wisconsin 
Federation of Cooperatives for pilot Wisconsin-Minnesota health 
care cooperative purchasing alliances.
    Sec. 768. The counties of Burlington and Camden, New Jersey 
(including individuals and entities with projects within these 
counties) shall be eligible for loans and grants under the 
Rural Community Advancement Program for fiscal year 2006 to the 
same extent they were eligible for such assistance during the 
fiscal year 2005 under section 106 of Chapter 1 of Division B 
of Public Law 108-324 (188 Stat. 1236).
    Sec. 769. Hereafter, notwithstanding any other provision of 
law, funds made available to States administering the Child and 
Adult Care Food Program, for the purpose of conducting audits 
of participating institutions, funds identified by the 
Secretary as having been unused during the initial fiscal year 
of availability may be recovered and reallocated by the 
Secretary: Provided, That States may use the reallocated funds 
until expended for the purpose of conducting audits of 
participating institutions.
    Sec. 770. The Secretary of Agriculture is authorized and 
directed to quitclaim to the City of Elkhart, Kansas, all 
rights, title and interests of the United States in that tract 
of land comprising 151.7 acres, more or less, located in Morton 
County, Kansas, and more specifically described in a deed dated 
March 11, 1958, from the United States of America to the City 
of Elkhart, State of Kansas, and filed of record April 4, 1958 
at Book 34 at Page 520 in the office of the Register of Deeds 
of Morton County, Kansas.
    Sec. 771. There is hereby appropriated $2,500,000 to carry 
out the Healthy Forests Reserve Program authorized under Title 
V of Public Law 108-148 (16 U.S.C. 6571-6578).
    Sec. 772. Unless otherwise authorized by existing law, none 
of the funds provided in this Act, may be used by an executive 
branch agency to produce any prepackaged news story intended 
for broadcast or distribution in the United States unless the 
story includes a clear notification within the text or audio of 
the prepackaged news story that the prepackaged news story was 
prepared or funded by that executive branch agency.
    Sec. 773. In addition to other amounts appropriated or 
otherwise made available by this Act, there is hereby 
appropriated to the Secretary of Agriculture $7,000,000, of 
which not to exceed 5 percent may be available for 
administrative expenses, to remain available until expended, to 
make specialty crop block grants under section 101 of the 
Specialty Crops Competitiveness Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-
465; 7 U.S.C. 1621 note).
    Sec. 774. The Rural Electrification Act of 1936 is amended 
by inserting after section 315 (7 U.S.C. 940e) the following:
    ``Sec. 316. Extension of Period of Existing Guarantee. (a) 
In General.--Subject to the limitations in this section and the 
provisions of the Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990, as 
amended, a borrower of a loan made by the Federal Financing 
Bank and guaranteed under this Act may request an extension of 
the final maturity of the outstanding principal balance of such 
loan or any loan advance thereunder. If the Secretary and the 
Federal Financing Bank approve such an extension, then the 
period of the existing guarantee shall also be considered 
extended.
    ``(b) Limitations.--
            ``(1) Feasibility and security.--Extensions under 
        this section shall not be made unless the Secretary 
        first finds and certifies that, after giving effect to 
        the extension, in his judgment the security for all 
        loans to the borrower made or guaranteed under this Act 
        is reasonably adequate and that all such loans will be 
        repaid within the time agreed. 
            ``(2) Extension of useful life or collateral.--
        Extensions under this section shall not be granted 
        unless the borrower first submits with its request 
        either--
                    ``(A) evidence satisfactory to the 
                Secretary that a Federal or State agency with 
                jurisdiction and expertise has made an official 
                determination, such as through a licensing 
                proceeding, extending the useful life of a 
                generating plant or transmission line pledged 
                as collateral to or beyond the new final 
                maturity date being requested by the borrower, 
                or
                    ``(B) a certificate from an independent 
                licensed engineer concluding, on the basis of a 
                thorough engineering analysis satisfactory to 
                the Secretary, that the useful life of the 
                generating plant or transmission line pledged 
                as collateral extends to or beyond the new 
                final maturity date being requested by the 
                borrower.
            ``(3) Amount eligible for extension.--Extensions 
        under this section shall not be granted if the 
        principal balance extended exceeds the appraised value 
        of the generating plant or transmission line referred 
        to in subsection paragraph (2).
            ``(4) Period of extension.--Extensions under this 
        section shall in no case result in a final maturity 
        greater than 55 years from the time of original 
        disbursement and shall in no case result in a final 
        maturity greater than the useful life of the plant.
            ``(5) Number of extensions.--Extensions under this 
        section shall not be granted more than once per loan 
        advance.
    ``(c) Fees.--
            ``(1) In general.--A borrower that receives an 
        extension under this section shall pay a fee to the 
        Secretary which shall be credited to the Rural 
        Electrification and Telecommunications Loans Program 
        account. Such fees shall remain available without 
        fiscal year limitation to pay the modification costs 
        for extensions.
            ``(2) Amount.--The amount of the fee paid shall be 
        equal to the modification cost, calculated in 
        accordance with section 502 of the Federal Credit 
        Reform Act of 1990, as amended, of such extension.
            ``(3) Payment.--The borrower shall pay the fee 
        required under this section at the time the existing 
        guarantee is extended by making a payment in the amount 
        of the required fee.''.
    Sec. 775. (a) In General.--The Secretary of Health and 
Human Services, on behalf of the United States may, whenever 
the Secretary deems desirable, relinquish to the State of 
Arkansas all or part of the jurisdiction of the United States 
over the lands and properties encompassing the Jefferson Labs 
campus in the State of Arkansas that are under the supervision 
or control of the Secretary.
    (b) Terms.--Relinquishment of jurisdiction under this 
section may be accomplished, under terms and conditions that 
the Secretary deems advisable,
            (1) by filing with the Governor of the State of 
        Arkansas a notice of relinquishment to take effect upon 
        acceptance thereof; or
            (2) as the laws of such State may otherwise 
        provide.
    (c) Definition.--In this section, the term ``Jefferson Labs 
campus'' means the lands and properties of the National Center 
for Toxicological Research and the Arkansas Regional 
Laboratory.
    Sec. 776. Section 204(b)(3)(A) of the Child Nutrition and 
WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (118 Stat. 781; 42 U.S.C. 1751 
note) is amended by striking ``July 1, 2006'' and inserting 
``October 1, 2005''.
    Sec. 777. (a) Section 18(f)(1)(B) of the Richard B. Russell 
National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1769(f)(1)(B)) is 
amended--
            (1) by striking ``April 2004'' and inserting ``June 
        2005''; and
            (2) in clause (ii), by striking ``66.67'' and 
        inserting ``75''.
    (b) The amendments made by subsection (a) take effect on 
January 1, 2006.
    Sec. 778. None of the funds in this Act may be used to 
retire more than 5 percent of the Class A stock of the Rural 
Telephone Bank, except in the event of liquidation or 
dissolution of the telephone bank during fiscal year 2006, 
pursuant to section 411 of the Rural Electrification Act of 
1936, as amended, or to maintain any account or subaccount 
within the accounting records of the Rural Telephone Bank the 
creation of which has not specifically been authorized by 
statute: Provided, That notwithstanding any other provision of 
law, none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available 
in this Act may be used to transfer to the Treasury or to the 
Federal Financing Bank any unobligated balance of the Rural 
Telephone Bank telephone liquidating account which is in excess 
of current requirements and such balance shall receive interest 
as set forth for financial accounts in section 505(c) of the 
Federal Credit Reform Act of 1990.
    Sec. 779. There is hereby appropriated $6,000,000 to carry 
out Section 120 of Public Law 108-265 in Utah, Wisconsin, New 
Mexico, Texas, Connecticut, and Idaho.
    Sec. 780. Section 508(a)(4)(B) of the Federal Crop 
Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 1508(a)(4)(B)) is amended by inserting 
``or similar commodities'' after ``the commodity''.
    Sec. 781. (a) Notwithstanding subtitles B and C of the 
Dairy Production Stabilization Act of 1983 (7 U.S.C. 4501 et 
seq.), during fiscal year 2006, the National Dairy Promotion 
and Research Board may obligate and expend funds for any 
activity to improve the environment and public health.
    (b) The Secretary of Agriculture shall review the impact of 
any expenditures under subsection (a) and include the review in 
the 2007 report of the Secretary to Congress on the dairy 
promotion program established under subtitle B of the Dairy 
Production Stabilization Act of 1983 (7 U.S.C. 4501 et seq.).
    Sec. 782. The Federal facility located at the South 
Mississippi Branch Experiment Station in Poplarville, 
Mississippi, and known as the ``Southern Horticultural 
Laboratory'', shall be known and designated as the ``Thad 
Cochran Southern Horticultural Laboratory'': Provided, That any 
reference in law, map, regulation, document, paper, or other 
record of the United States to such Federal facility shall be 
deemed to be a reference to the ``Thad Cochran Southern 
Horticultural Laboratory''.
    Sec. 783. As soon as practicable after the Agricultural 
Research Service operations at the Western Cotton Research 
Laboratory located at 4135 East Broadway Road in Phoenix, 
Arizona, have ceased, the Secretary of Agriculture shall 
convey, without consideration, to the Arizona Cotton Growers 
Association and Supima all right, title, and interest of the 
United States in and to the real property at that location, 
including improvements.
    Sec. 784. (a) In General.--In carrying out a livestock 
assistance, compensation, or feed program, the Secretary of 
Agriculture shall include horses and deer within the definition 
of ``livestock'' covered by the program.
    (b) Conforming Amendments.--
            (1) Section 602(2) of the Agricultural Act of 1949 
        (7 U.S.C. 1471(2)) is amended--
                    (A) by inserting ``horses, deer,'' after 
                ``bison,''; and
                    (B) by striking ``equine animals used for 
                food or in the production of food,''.
            (2) Section 806 of the Agriculture, Rural 
        Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related 
        Agencies Appropriations Act, 2001 (Public Law 106-387; 
        114 Stat. 1549A-51) is amended by inserting 
        ``(including losses to elk, reindeer, bison, horses, 
        and deer)'' after ``livestock losses''.
            (3) Section 10104(a) of the Farm Security and Rural 
        Investment Act of 2002 (7 U.S.C. 1472(a)) is amended by 
        striking ``and bison'' and inserting ``bison, horses, 
        and deer''.
            (4) Section 203(d)(2) of the Agricultural 
        Assistance Act of 2003 (Public Law 108-7; 117 Stat. 
        541) is amended by striking ``and bison'' and inserting 
        ``bison, horses, and deer''.
    (c) Applicability.--
            (1) In general.--This section and the amendments 
        made by this section apply to losses resulting from a 
        disaster that occurs on or after July 28, 2005.
            (2) Prior losses.--This section and the amendments 
        made by this section do not apply to losses resulting 
        from a disaster that occurred before July 28, 2005.
    Sec. 785. Amounts made available for the Plant Materials 
Center in Fallon, Nevada, under the heading ``conservation 
operations'' under the heading ``natural resources conservation 
service'' of title II of the Agriculture, Rural Development, 
Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2005 (Public Law 108-447; 118 Stat. 2823) 
shall remain available until expended.
    Sec. 786. None of the funds made available in this Act may 
be used to study, complete a study of, or enter into a contract 
with a private party to carry out, without specific 
authorization in a subsequent Act of Congress, a competitive 
sourcing activity of the Secretary of Agriculture, including 
support personnel of the Department of Agriculture, relating to 
rural development or farm loan programs.
    Sec. 787. None of the funds made available under this Act 
shall be available to pay the administrative expenses of a 
State agency that, after the date of enactment of this Act and 
prior to receiving certification in accordance with the 
provisions set forth in section 17(h)(11)(E) of the Child 
Nutrition Act of 1966, authorizes any new for-profit vendor(s) 
to transact food instruments under the Special Supplemental 
Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) if it 
is expected that more than 50 percent of the annual revenue of 
the vendor from the sale of food items will be derived from the 
sale of supplemental foods that are obtained with WIC food 
instruments, except that the Secretary may approve the 
authorization of such a vendor if the approval is necessary to 
assure participant access to program benefits.
    Sec. 788. Of the unobligated balances under section 32 of 
the Act of August 24, 1935, $37,601,000 are hereby rescinded.
    Sec. 789. None of the funds provided in this Act may be 
obligated or expended for any activity the purpose of which is 
to require a recipient of any grant that was funded in Public 
Law 102-368 and Public Law 103-50 for ``Rural Housing for 
Domestic Farm Labor'' in response to Hurricane Andrew to pay 
the United States any portion of any interest earned with 
respect to such grants: Provided, That such funds are expended 
by the grantee within 18 months of the date of enactment of 
this section for the purposes of providing farm labor housing 
consistent with the purpose authorized in Title V of the 
Housing Act of 1949, as determined by the Secretary.
    Sec. 790. There is hereby appropriated $140,000 to remain 
available until expended, for a grant to the University of 
Nevada at Reno; $400,000 to remain available until expended for 
a grant to the Ohio Center for Farmland Policy Innovation at 
Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio; $200,000 to remain 
available until expended, for a grant to Utah State University 
for a farming and dairy training initiative; $500,000, to 
remain available until expended, for a grant to the Nueces 
County, Texas Regional Fairground; and $350,000 to provide 
administrative support for a world hunger organization: 
Provided, That none of the funds may be used for a monetary 
award to an individual.
    Sec. 791. There is hereby appropriated $1,000,000 to 
establish a demonstration intermediate relending program for 
the construction and rehabilitation of housing for the 
Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians: Provided, That the 
interest rate for direct loans shall be 1 percent: Provided 
further, That no later than one year after the establishment of 
this program the Secretary shall provide the Committees on 
Appropriations with a report providing information on the 
program structure, management, and general demographic 
information on the loan recipients.
    Sec. 792. Section 285 of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 
1946 (7 U.S.C. 1638d) is amended by striking ``2006'' and 
inserting ``2008''.
    Sec. 793. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this Act shall be used to pay salaries and 
expenses of personnel who implement or administer section 
508(e)(3) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 
1508(e)(3)) or any regulation, bulletin, policy or agency 
guidance issued pursuant to section 508(e)(3) of such Act for 
the 2007 reinsurance year.
    Sec. 794. Effective 120 days after the date of enactment of 
this Act, none of the funds made available in this Act may be 
used to pay the salaries or expenses of personnel to inspect 
horses under section 3 of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 
U.S.C. 603) or under the guidelines issued under section 903 of 
the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 
U.S.C. 1901 note; Public Law 104-127).
    Sec. 795. (a) Subject to subsection (b), none of the funds 
made available in this Act may be used to--
            (1) grant a waiver of a financial conflict of 
        interest requirement pursuant to section 505(n)(4) of 
        the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 
        355(n)(4)) for any voting member of an advisory 
        committee or panel of the Food and Drug Administration; 
        or
            (2) make a certification under section 208(b)(3) of 
        title 18, United States Code, for any such voting 
        member.
    (b) Subsection (a) shall not apply to a waiver or 
certification if--
            (1) not later than 15 days prior to a meeting of an 
        advisory committee or panel to which such waiver or 
        certification applies, the Secretary of Health and 
        Human Services discloses on the Internet website of the 
        Food and Drug Administration--
                    (A) the nature of the conflict of interest 
                at issue; and
                    (B) the nature and basis of such waiver or 
                certification (other than information exempted 
                from disclosure under section 552 of title 5, 
                United States Code (popularly known as the 
                Freedom of Information Act)); or
            (2) in the case of a conflict of interest that 
        becomes known to the Secretary less than 15 days prior 
        to a meeting to which such waiver or certification 
        applies, the Secretary shall make such public 
        disclosure as soon as possible thereafter, but in no 
        event later than the date of such meeting.
    (c) None of the funds made available in this Act may be 
used to make a new appointment to an advisory committee or 
panel of the Food and Drug Administration unless the 
Commissioner of Food and Drugs submits a quarterly report to 
the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human 
Services and the Committees on Appropriations of the House and 
Senate on the efforts made to identify qualified persons for 
such appointment with minimal or no potential conflicts of 
interest.
    Sec. 796. Section 274(a)(1) of the Immigration and 
Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1324(a)(1)) is amended by adding at 
the end the following:
                    ``(C) It is not a violation of clauses (ii) 
                or (iii) of subparagraph (A), or of clause (iv) 
                of subparagraph (A) except where a person 
                encourages or induces an alien to come to or 
                enter the United States, for a religious 
                denomination having a bona fide nonprofit, 
                religious organization in the United States, or 
                the agents or officers of such denomination or 
                organization, to encourage, invite, call, 
                allow, or enable an alien who is present in the 
                United States to perform the vocation of a 
                minister or missionary for the denomination or 
                organization in the United States as a 
                volunteer who is not compensated as an 
                employee, notwithstanding the provision of 
                room, board, travel, medical assistance, and 
                other basic living expenses, provided the 
                minister or missionary has been a member of the 
                denomination for at least one year.''.
      Sec. 797. (a) Section 2111(a)(1) of the Organic Foods 
Production Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 6510(a)(1)) is amended by 
inserting ``not appearing on the National List'' after 
``ingredient''.
      (b) Section 2118 of the Organic Foods Production Act of 
1990 (7 U.S.C. 6517) is amended--
            (1) in subsection (c)(1)--
                    (A) in the paragraph heading, by inserting 
                ``in organic production and handling 
                operations'' after ``substances'';
                    (B) in subparagraph (B)--
                            (i) in clause (i), by inserting 
                        ``or'' at the end; and
                            (ii) in clause (ii), by striking 
                        ``or'' at the end and inserting 
                        ``and''; and
                    (C) by striking clause (iii); and
            (2) in subsection (d), by adding at the end the 
        following:
            ``(6) Expedited petitions for commercially 
        unavailable organic agricultural products constituting 
        less than 5 percent of an organic processed product.--
        The Secretary may develop emergency procedures for 
        designating agricultural products that are commercially 
        unavailable in organic form for placement on the 
        National List for a period of time not to exceed 12 
        months.''.
      (c) Section 2110(e)(2) of the Organic Foods Production 
Act of 1990 (7 U.S.C. 6509(e)(2)) is amended--
                  (1) by striking ``A dairy'' and inserting the 
                following:
                            ``(A) In general.--Except as 
                        provided in subparagraph (B), a 
                        dairy''; and
                  (2) by adding at the end the following:
                            ``(B) Transition guideline.--Crops 
                        and forage from land included in the 
                        organic system plan of a dairy farm 
                        that is in the third year of organic 
                        management may be consumed by the dairy 
                        animals of the farm during the 12-month 
                        period immediately prior to the sale of 
                        organic milk and milk products.''.
      Sec. 798. (a) Amenable Species.--The Federal Meat 
Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) is amended--
            (1) by striking ``cattle, sheep, swine, goats, 
        horses, mules, and other equines'' each place it 
        appears and inserting ``amenable species'';
            (2) in section 1, by adding at the end the 
        following new subsection:
      ``(w) The term `amenable species' means--
            ``(1) those species subject to the provisions of 
        the Act on the day before the date of the enactment of 
        the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug 
        Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations 
        Act, 2006; and
            ``(2) any additional species of livestock that the 
        Secretary considers appropriate.''; and
            (3) in section 19--
                    (A) by striking ``horses, mules, or other 
                equines'' and inserting ``species designated by 
                regulations in effect on the day before the 
                date of the enactment of the Agriculture, Rural 
                Development, Food and Drug Administration, and 
                Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006''; 
                and
                    (B) by striking ``cattle, sheep, swine, or 
                goats'' and inserting ``other amenable 
                species''.
      (b) Effective Date.--The amendments made by subsection 
(a) shall take effect on the day after the effective date of 
section 794 of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and 
Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 
2006.
      Sec. 799. Public Law 109-54, the Department of the 
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 
2006 is amended as follows:
      (a) Under the heading National Park Service, Construction 
by--
            (1) striking ``of which'' after ``$301,291,000, to 
        remain available until expended,'' and inserting in 
        lieu thereof ``and'';
            (2) in the sixth proviso, striking ``hereinafter'' 
        and inserting in lieu thereof ``hereafter'' and, after 
        ``Annex'', inserting ``and the Blue Ridge Parkway 
        Regional Destination Visitor Center''; and
            (3) in the seventh proviso, striking ``solicitation 
        and contract'' and inserting in lieu thereof 
        ``solicitations and contracts'';
      (b) Under the heading National Park Service, Land 
Acquisition and State Assistance by striking ``$74,824,000'' 
and inserting in lieu thereof ``$64,909,000'';
      (c) Under the heading Departmental Management, Salaries 
and Expenses by striking ``$127,183,000'' and inserting in lieu 
thereof ``$117,183,000'';
      (d) Under the heading Title II--Environmental Protection 
Agency, State and Tribal Assistance Grants by--
        (1) before the period at the end of the first 
paragraph, inserting ``: Provided further, That of the funds 
made available under this heading in Division I of Public Law 
108-447, $300,000 is for the Haleyville, AL, North Industrial 
Area Water Storage Tank project: Provided further, That the 
referenced statement of the managers under the heading 
Environmental Protection Agency, State and Tribal Assistance 
Grants in Public Law 107-73, in reference to item 184, is 
deemed to be amended by striking `$2,000,000' and inserting in 
lieu thereof `$29,945' and by inserting after `improvements': 
`, $500,000 to the City of Sheridan for water system 
improvements, $500,000 to Meagher County/Martinsdale Water and 
Sewer District for Martinsdale Water System Improvements, and 
$970,055 to the City of Bozeman for Hyalite Waterline and 
Intake' ''; and
          (2) in the second paragraph, striking the word 
        ``original'';
      (e) Under the heading Forest Service, Land Acquisition by 
striking ``land that are encumbered'' and all that follows 
through ``under this section,'' and inserting in lieu thereof 
``lands that are encumbered by unpatented claims acquired under 
this section, or with previously appropriated funds,''; and
      (f) At the end of Title IV--General Provisions, insert 
the following:

``SEC. 440. REDESIGNATION OF WILDERNESS.

      ``(a) Redesignation.--Section 140(c)(4) of Division E of 
Public Law 108-447 is amended by striking `National'.
      ``(b) References.--Any reference in a law, map, 
regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United 
States to the `Gaylord A. Nelson National Wilderness' shall be 
deemed to be a reference to the `Gaylord A. Nelson 
Wilderness'.''
      This Act may be cited as the ``Agriculture, Rural 
Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2006''.
      And the Senate agree to the same.
                                   Henry Bonilla,
                                   Jack Kingston,
                                   Tom Latham,
                                   Jo Ann Emerson,
                                   Virgil Goode, Jr.,
                                   Ray LaHood,
                                   John T. Doolittle,
                                   Rodney Alexander,
                                   Jerry Lewis,
                                 Managers on the Part of the House.

                                   R.F. Bennett,
                                   Thad Cochran,
                                   Arlen Specter,
                                   Chris Bond,
                                   Mitch McConnell,
                                   Ted Stevens,
                                   Herb Kohl,
                                   Dianne Feinstein,
                                   Richard Durbin,
                                   Mary Landrieu,
                                   Robert C. Byrd,
                                Managers on the Part of the Senate.
       JOINT EXPLANATORY STATEMENT OF THE COMMITTEE OF CONFERENCE

      The managers on the part of the House and Senate at the 
conference on the disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the 
amendment of the Senate to bill (H.R. 2744), making 
appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and 
Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2006 and for other purposes, 
submit the following joint statement to the House and Senate in 
explanation of the effect of the action agreed upon by the 
managers and recommended in the accompanying conference report.

                        Congressional Directives

      The statement of the managers remains silent on 
provisions that were in both the House and Senate bills that 
remain unchanged by this conference agreement, except as noted 
in this statement of the managers.
      The conferees agree that executive branch wishes cannot 
substitute for Congress' own statements as to the best evidence 
of congressional intentions-that is, the official reports of 
the Congress. The conferees further point out that funds in 
this Act must be used for the purposes for which appropriated, 
as required by section 1301 of title 31 of the United States 
Code, which provides: ``Appropriations shall be applied only to 
the objects for which the appropriations were made except as 
otherwise provided by law.''
      The House and Senate report language that is not changed 
by the conference is approved by the committee of conference. 
The statement of the managers, while repeating some report 
language for emphasis, does not intend to negate the language 
referred to above unless expressly provided herein.
      In cases in which the House or the Senate have directed 
the submission of a report, such report is to be submitted to 
both the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations.

                     TITLE I--AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS

                 Production, Processing, and Marketing

                        Office of the Secretary

      The conference agreement provides $5,127,000 for the 
Office of the Secretary as proposed by the House and the 
Senate.
      The conference agreement provides the fiscal year 2005 
funding level for cross-cutting trade negotiations and 
biotechnology resources in the following accounts: Office of 
the Secretary; Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; 
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration; and 
the Foreign Agricultural Service.
      The conferees appreciate receiving the detailed 
information provided in the Explanatory Notes prepared by the 
Department and rely heavily on this information when 
considering budget proposals. These materials have 
traditionally been prepared for the sole use of the Committees 
on Appropriations in a format consistent with the organization 
and operation of the programs and the structure of the 
Appropriations Act. At the direction of the Office of 
Management and Budget, the Department has changed the format 
and content of these materials to focus on broader goals and 
objectives rather than the major program structure followed in 
the Act, and in the actual conduct of the programs. The new 
organization and content does not present budget information in 
a format useful to the deliberations of the Committees. For 
fiscal year 2007 and future years, the Department is directed 
to present Explanatory Notes in a format consistent with the 
presentation used for the fiscal year 2002 Budget. Any 
deviations from that format are to be approved in advance by 
the Committees.
      The conferees direct the Secretary to advise the 
Committees on Appropriations in writing of the status of all 
reports requested of the Department by the committees, at the 
time of submission of the fiscal year 2007 budget and quarterly 
thereafter.
      The conferees are concerned by protocols employed by 
various food aid agencies related to measuring the quality of 
food products offered for international humanitarian 
assistance. The Secretary is encouraged to work with 
appropriate organizations to determine what actions may be 
proper to improve the nutritional integrity of food aid 
commodities and the consistency of testing methods. The 
Secretary is further encouraged, if appropriate, to work with 
groups experienced in food aid quality and tracking systems to 
carry out authorities provided in section 3013 of Public Law 
107-171. The Committees on Appropriations expect a report on 
this subject no later than March 1, 2006.
      The conferees are aware of the various USDA agencies that 
were affected by Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and other storm 
events in recent months. As a result of the dislocation of many 
individuals employed by these agencies, the conferees expect 
the Department to initiate all safe harbor means available to 
ensure safe and adequate relief and recovery for these 
employees until full restoration of agency facilities is 
complete and agency personnel are able to return to their 
homes. The conferees expect the Secretary to provide a report 
to the Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate on 
actions taken in this regard by March 1, 2006.
      The conferees take note of the heightened awareness and 
concern surrounding the potential for an avian flu pandemic. 
The Secretary is directed to instruct all agencies with 
jurisdiction over possible introduction of foreign animal 
disease into this country to take all necessary steps, 
including increased surveillance and ensuring they have all the 
necessary authorities to provide the greatest level of 
safeguard against the introduction of highly pathogenic avian 
flu into the United States. The Secretary is further directed 
to report to the Committees on Appropriations of the House and 
Senate on this subject by March 1, 2006.
      The conferees remain committed to provide funding for 
federal, state university, and other arenas of research and 
development activities to support U.S. agriculture. Given 
current budget constraints, this conference agreement provides 
the highest levels of funding possible for various research 
programs under the jurisdiction of this Act. In addition, the 
conferees urge the Secretary, and others in the Executive 
Branch, to increase public sector investment in this important 
area.
      The conference agreement does not include language 
proposed by the Senate which would have conditioned imports of 
beef from Japan until that country takes steps toward opening 
its market to U.S. beef products. Nonetheless, the conferees 
strongly urge the Secretary to continue ongoing negotiations 
with the Japanese government to open this important market. The 
conferees are encouraged by recent movement in these 
negotiations, but clearly reserve the right to impose 
restrictions similar to those suggested by the Senate if there 
is not a swift resolution to this issue.
      The conferees direct the Secretary to submit to the 
Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate, as a 
supplement to the President's fiscal year 2007 budget request, 
a report on measures identified to address bark beetle 
infestations. This report should include information regarding 
resources identified in the fiscal year 2007 budget request, 
including assistance under the authorities of the Healthy 
Forests Restoration Act of 2003, relating to bark beetles. It 
is expected that the Secretary of Agriculture shall coordinate 
these activities with the Secretary of the Interior.
      The conferees remain aware of public attention to animal 
health issues, especially those that have implications for food 
safety and other aspects of human public health issues. 
Following the discovery of a BSE-infected cow in Washington 
State in December of 2003, the Secretary of Agriculture imposed 
a ban on the entry of non-ambulatory beef cattle into the food 
supply. The conferees note the continuing strong interest among 
the American consuming public regarding this policy and direct 
the Secretary to notify and closely confer with the Committees 
on Appropriations of the House and Senate, and appropriate 
authorizing committees, before the Department takes any actions 
that would weaken this safeguard. In addition, the conferees 
encourage the Secretary to initiate an Advanced Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking on this subject. Finally, the conferees 
urge the Secretary to continue efforts for enhanced 
surveillance of animal health through sampling tissues and 
other materials retrieved from rendering facilities or places 
where non-ambulatory animals are otherwise disposed.
      The conferees recognize the importance of public and 
private contributions to relieve world hunger. Human suffering 
related to food shortages resulting from famine, natural 
disaster, civil unrest, and similar circumstances is one of the 
greatest tragedies of current times. Further, world hunger 
complicates international relations where civil unrest leads to 
national destabilization and sympathies toward terrorist 
organizations. The conferees are aware of the organization 
which annually awards the World Food Prize for outstanding work 
in the field of humanitarian food assistance, and encourages 
the Secretary to work with this organization in any form 
appropriate to support its activities and to further its goal 
of relieving world hunger. The Secretary is directed to report 
to the Committees by March 1, 2006, on ways in which the 
Department can participate in support of this organization.
      The conferees are aware that the Department intends to 
release an interim report on a feasibility study on converting 
sugar into ethanol by December 15, 2005. The conferees 
encourage the Department to release the interim report to 
Congress by December 15, 2005 and a final report not later that 
July 1, 2006.
      The conferees are aware that the State of Texas has 
recently entered into a contract to privatize certain 
operations of the Food Stamp program. It is the conferees' 
understanding that USDA has worked with the State in order to 
ensure that this contract will not result in a higher food 
stamp error rate or reduced access to the program. Therefore, 
the conferees direct the Secretary to provide quarterly 
reports, beginning 30 days after enactment of this Act, on the 
status of this contract, including the effects it is having on 
program access, error rates, and spending on administrative 
expenses.

                          Executive Operations

                            CHIEF ECONOMIST

      The conference agreement provides $10,539,000 for the 
Office of the Chief Economist as proposed by the House and the 
Senate.

                       NATIONAL APPEALS DIVISION

      The conference agreement provides $14,524,000 for the 
National Appeals Division, as proposed by the House and the 
Senate.

                 OFFICE OF BUDGET AND PROGRAM ANALYSIS

      The conference agreement provides $8,298,000 for the 
Office of Budget and Program Analysis as proposed by the House 
and the Senate.

                        HOMELAND SECURITY STAFF

      The conference agreement provides $934,000 for Homeland 
Security Staff as proposed by the House instead of $1,166,000 
as proposed by the Senate.

                Office of the Chief Information Officer

      The conference agreement provides $16,462,000 for the 
Office of the Chief Information Officer as proposed by the 
House instead of $16,726,000 as proposed by the Senate.

                      Common Computing Environment

      The conference agreement provides $110,072,000 for common 
computing environment instead of $60,725,000 as proposed by the 
House and $118,072,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conferees direct the Department to continue reporting 
to the Committees on Appropriations on a quarterly basis on the 
implementation of the common computing environment.
      Since fiscal year 2000, Congress has appropriated over 
$500,000,000 for the modernization and integration of 
information systems in USDA's county field offices. The 
conferees have fully supported this effort, but will expect to 
see reduced or level funding levels for this account in future 
budget submissions as a result of anticipated efficiencies and 
economies of scale.
      The following table reflects the conference agreement's 
recommendation:

                         [Dollars in thousands]

CCE base infrastructure.................................        $ 19,735
FSA specific............................................          74,000
NRCS specific...........................................          11,137
RD specific.............................................           4,000
Interagency e-Gov.......................................           1,200
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                                                                $110,072

                 Office of the Chief Financial Officer

      The conference agreement provides $5,874,000 for the 
Office of the Chief Financial Officer as proposed by the House 
and the Senate.
      The conferees direct USDA to work with the Office of 
Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management to 
investigate the feasibility of creating a public/private 
partnership to help leverage scarce federal resources to expand 
upon the existing e-payroll program to include such functions 
as automated data processing, cross-servicing capabilities, and 
other beneficial services to federal agencies. The conferees 
encourage the Secretary to continue these expansions and to 
give close consideration for the continuity of National Finance 
Center (NFC) operations in Louisiana.
      The conferees commend the employees of the NFC in 
suburban New Orleans for their outstanding work in continuing 
the payrolls and cross-servicing operations of more than 130 
government agencies during the devastation of Hurricane 
Katrina. The conferees note that several hundred NFC employees 
have been relocated to other work sites because of hurricane 
damage and direct the Secretary to report to the Committees on 
Appropriations by January 31, 2006 on the continuity of 
operations of the NFC and the reestablishment of payroll and 
cross-servicing operations and functions in New Orleans and 
plans for back-up facilities.

                          Working Capital Fund

      The conference agreement includes a general provision 
that authorizes the Secretary to transfer unobligated balances 
of other accounts to the Working Capital Fund.

           Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

      The conference agreement provides $821,000 for the Office 
of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights as proposed by the 
Senate instead of $811,000 as proposed by the House.

                         Office of Civil Rights

      The conference agreement provides $20,109,000 for the 
Office of Civil Rights as proposed by the House and the Senate.

          Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration

      The conference agreement provides $676,000 for the Office 
of the Assistant Secretary for Administration as proposed by 
the House and the Senate.

        Agriculture Buildings and Facilities and Rental Payments

      The conference agreement provides $187,734,000 for 
agriculture buildings and facilities and rental payments as 
proposed by the Senate instead of $183,133,000 as proposed by 
the House. The conference agreement provides an increase of 
$4,601,000 for building operations and maintenance to be 
applied to the highest priority needs for which additional 
funding was requested.

                     Hazardous Materials Management

      The conference agreement provides $12,000,000 for 
Hazardous Materials Management as proposed by the Senate 
instead of $15,644,000 as proposed by the House.

                      Departmental Administration

      The conference agreement provides $23,103,000 for 
Departmental Administration as proposed by the House and the 
Senate.

     Office of the Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations

      The conference agreement provides $3,821,000 for the 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations 
as proposed by the House instead of $3,846,000 as proposed by 
the Senate.

                        Office of Communications

      The conference agreement provides $9,509,000 for the 
Office of Communications as proposed by the House and the 
Senate.
      The conferees direct the Office of Communications to 
continue providing the Committees with copies of open source 
news material made available to USDA officials through the use 
of appropriated funds.

                    Office of the Inspector General

      The conference agreement provides $80,336,000 for the 
Office of the Inspector General instead of $79,626,000 as 
proposed by the House and $81,045,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The conference agreement includes a program increase of 
$1,010,000, for computer forensics evidence storage and other 
high priority budgeted increases.

                     Office of the General Counsel

      The conference agreement provides $39,351,000 for the 
Office of the General Counsel instead of $38,439,000 as 
proposed by the House and $40,263,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The conference agreement provides an increase of 
$2,908,000 for 2 staff years for additional legal services for 
the Marketing and Regulatory Programs and for the highest 
priority needs for which additional funding was requested.

  Office of the Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics

      The conference agreement provides $598,000 for the Office 
of the Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics as 
proposed by the House and the Senate.

                       Economic Research Service

      The conference agreement provides $75,931,000 for the 
Economic Research Service as proposed by the House instead of 
$78,549,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides an increase of 
$1,000,000, of which $350,000 is for an agreement with the 
National Academy of Sciences to conduct a comprehensive report 
on the economic development and current status of the sheep 
industry in the United States and $650,000 is to be applied to 
the highest priority needs for which additional funding was 
requested.
      Also, within the funds provided, the conferees expect not 
later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the 
Secretary of Agriculture, in cooperation with the Secretary of 
Energy, to provide to the Committees on Appropriations of both 
Houses of Congress, a report that describes the impact of 
increased prices of gas, natural gas, and diesel on 
agricultural producers, ranchers, and rural communities.

                National Agricultural Statistics Service

      The conference agreement provides $140,700,000 for the 
National Agricultural Statistics Service instead of 
$136,241,000 as proposed by the House and $145,159,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides an increase of 
$5,367,000 for agricultural estimates to be applied to the 
highest priority needs for which additional funding was 
requested.

                     Agricultural Research Service

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The conference agreement provides $1,135,004,000 for the 
Agricultural Research Service, Salaries and Expenses, instead 
of $1,035,475,000 as proposed by the House and $1,109,981,000 
as proposed by the Senate.
      The conferees note that the Agricultural Research Service 
has had the authority to construct certain buildings provided 
by 7 U.S.C. 2250 for several years. The conferees direct the 
Agricultural Research Service to notify the Committees on 
Appropriations on the use of this authority on a semi-annual 
basis beginning January 1, 2006.
      The conferees expect the agency to promptly implement 
programs and allocate funds provided for the purposes 
identified by the Congress.
      In complying with the conferees' directives, ARS is 
expected not to redirect support for programs from one State to 
another without prior notification to and approval of the 
Committees on Appropriations in accordance with the 
reprogramming procedures specified in this Act. Unless 
otherwise directed, the agency shall implement appropriations 
by programs, projects, and activities as specified by the 
Appropriations Committees. Unspecified reductions necessary to 
carry out the provisions of this Act are to be implemented in 
accordance with the definitions contained in the ``Program, 
Project, and Activity'' section of this Act.
      The conference agreement continues the fiscal year 2005 
level of funding for all research projects proposed to be 
terminated in the President's budget as provided in House 
Report 109-102 and Senate Report 109-92 accompanying the fiscal 
year 2006 Agriculture Appropriations bills, including 
hyperspectral imaging in New Orleans, LA.
      The conferees have agreed to fund budgeted increases for 
the following areas of research:
      Emerging Diseases of Livestock/Crops--Develop Systems for 
Rapid Response to Bioterrorism Agents--Laramie, WY, $250,000; 
Athens, GA, $175,000; Vaccinology Research for Control and 
Eradication of Biological Threat Agents--Ames, IA, $450,000; 
Plum Island, NY, (Antigen Delivery Systems) $250,000; Plum 
Island, NY, (Foot and Mouth Disease) $150,000; Advance 
Intervention Strategies for Emerging Diseases of Livestock and 
Poultry--Ames, IA, $300,000; Develop Diagnostics for Rapid, 
Practical, Identification of Pathogens--Parlier, CA, $150,000; 
Ft. Pierce, FL, $150,000; Salinas, CA, $175,000; Develop 
Taxonomy, Biology, and Genetics of Pathogens--St. Paul, MN, 
Pullman, WA, others (Wheat Stripe Initiative), $500,000; 
Pullman, WA (Rust Disease of Wheat), $175,000; Ft. Pierce, FL, 
$300,000; Develop Science-Based Forecasting Systems for Each 
Pathogen/Crop Combination--Ft. Detrick, MD, $250,000; Develop 
Integrated Disease Management Strategies and Tools--Stoneville, 
MS, $240,000; Ames, IA, $150,000; Raleigh, NC, $150,000; 
Urbana, IL, $150,000; Charleston, SC, $50,000; and, Tifton, GA, 
$50,000.
      Food Safety--Develop Food Animal Surveillance and 
Epidemiology Programs for Early Detection of Epizootic 
Pathogens and Antibiotic Resistance--Athens, GA, $250,000; 
Beltsville, MD, $250,000; Genomics to Analyze Microbial 
Communities to Control Food Pathogens in Preharvest Stage--Clay 
Center, NE, $50,000; College Station, TX, $50,000; Fungal 
Genomics to Identify Improved Control Strategies for 
Mycotoxins--New Orleans, LA, $150,000; Develop Sampling Systems 
and Protocols in Detecting Intentional Contamination--
Beltsville, MD, $150,000; Develop Rapid Systems to Maximize 
Detection Potential of Pathogens in Foods--Albany, CA, $50,000; 
Develop Detection and Processing Intervention Systems for 
Liquid Egg Products--Wyndmoor, PA, $250,000, Athens, GA, 
$150,000; Identification of Toxic Chemical Residues and Heavy 
Metals--Beltsville, MD, $125,000; and, Biological Toxins--
Albany, CA, $150,000.
      Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) Research--
Implement an Integrated Zoonotic Research Program (BSE) in 
Pathogenesis, Diagnostics, and Intervention--Ames, IA, (Risk 
Assessment of BSE) $900,000; Albany, CA, (Pathophysiology of 
BSE) $450,000; Pullman, WA, $500,000; Ames, IA, (Pre-Clinical 
Live Animal Test) $250,000; and, Albany, CA, (Prion 
Deactivation for Decontamination of Feed) $250,000.
      Obesity/Nutrition--Understanding Dietary Patterns That 
Contribute to Obesity in Low Socioeconomic and Minority 
Populations in the U.S.--Beltsville, MD, $250,000; Determine 
the Energy and Nutrient Content of Foods Consumed by U.S. 
Minority Populations--Grand Forks, ND, $200,000; Address the 
Obesity Epidemic and Promote a Healthier Lifestyle--Davis, CA, 
$150,000; Boston, MA, $150,000; Little Rock, AR, $150,000; 
Houston, TX, $200,000; Baton Rogue, LA, $200,000; and, Grand 
Forks, ND, $70,000.
      Invasive Species--Conduct Research to Control Sudden Oak 
Death, Tamarisk, Emerald Ash Borer, Yellow Starthistle, Asian 
Long Horned Beatle, Lobate Lac Scale, Swallow--Worts, and 
Teasel--Corvalis, OR, $150,000; Ft. Detrick, MD, $150,000; 
Newark, DE, $137,500; Ithaca, NY, $150,000; Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 
$75,000; Reno, NV, $200,000; Develop IPM Components and Systems 
for Invasive Insects--Mt. Pellier, France, $100,000; Peoria, 
IL, $100,000; Columbia, MO, $100,000; Improve Taxonomic 
Knowledge of Invasive Species--Beltsville, MD, $150,000; and, 
Identify the Genes in the Red Invasive Fire Ant and Develop 
Better Bait Controls--Gainesville, FL, $150,000.
      Air and Water Quality--Reduce Gaseous Particulate Matter 
Emissions from Animal Feeding Operations--Bushland, TX, 
$150,000.
      Biobased Products/Bioenergy Research--Improve the Quality 
and Quantity of Agricultural Biomass Feedstock for Production 
of Energy and Biobased Products--Peoria, IL, $250,000; Develop 
Technologies to Produce Biofuels and Co products from 
Agricultural Commodities and Byproducts--Beltsville, MD, 
$150,000; Wyndmoor, PA, $150,000; and, Develop Technologies 
Leading to New Value Added Products from Food Animal 
Byproducts--Wyndmoor, PA, $162,500.
      Genetic Resources--Genetic Resource Enhancement--
Aberdeen, ID, $100,000; Miami, FL, $125,000; Raleigh, NC, 
$125,000; Madison, WI, $125,000; Genetic Resource Acquisition, 
Maintenance, and Characterization--Stuttgart, AR, $125,000; Ft. 
Collins, CO, $125,000; and, Ithaca, NY, $125,000.
      Genomics--Collect Phenotypic Data and Use Genome 
Sequence-Derived Markers to Characterize Available Germplasm of 
Economic Importance in Food Animals--Miles City, MT, $150,000; 
Identify and Characterize Genes That Affect Feed Efficiency, 
Reproduction, Animal Well-being, Disease Resistance Product 
Quality, and Other Economically Important Production Traits in 
Food Animals--Clay Center, NE, $350,000; Discover, Characterize 
and Localize Genes that Medicate Expression of Economically 
Important Traits in Plants--Salinas, CA, $112,500; St. Paul, 
MN, $200,000; and Baton Rogue, LA, $375,000.
      Characterize Functional Products of Important Genes That 
Influence Productivity and Product Quality in Plants--
Manhattan, KS, $150,000.
      Agricultural Information--Ensure Long-term Access to 
National Digital Library for Agriculture--Beltsville, MD, 
$200,000.
      The conference agreement includes increased funding in 
fiscal year 2006 to expand the following research projects: 
Agroforestry (Shiitake Mushroom, $50,000), Booneville, AR--
$130,000; Animal Vaccines, Greenport, NY--$60,000; Appalachian 
Horticulture (University of TN/TN State), Poplarville, MS--
$150,000; Arid Lands, Las Cruces, NM--$120,000; Barley Yellow 
Dwarf, West Lafayette, IN--$75,000; Binational Agricultural 
Research and Development Program, $32,000; Bioinformatics, 
Santa Fe, NM--$100,000; Biological Weed Control, Sidney, MT--
$120,000; Bioremediation, $120,000; Bovine Genetics, 
Beltsville, MD (University of CT/University of IL)--$300,000; 
Broomweed, Albany, CA--$100,000; Catfish Genome, Auburn, AL--
$75,000; Center for Food Safety and Post-Harvest Technology, 
$449,000; Cereal Crops Research, Madison, WI--$250,000; 
Chloroplast Genetic Engineering, Urbana, IL (University of 
Central FL)--$80,000; Coffee/Cocoa, Beltsville, MD(H/S)/Miami, 
FL(S)--$120,000; Corn Rootworm, Ames, IA--$100,000; Cotton 
Ginning, Stoneville, MS--$50,000; Cropping Systems Research, 
Stoneville, MS (University of TN/Western TN Ag Experiment 
Station)--$150,000; Dairy Forage, Madison, WI--$510,000; Delta 
Human Nutrition Research, Stoneville, MS--$300,000; Delta Human 
Nutrition Research Initiative, Little Rock, AR--$100,000; 
Floriculture and Nursery Crops, $250,000; Forage and Range 
Research, Logan, UT--$250,000; Formosan Termites, New Orleans, 
LA--$120,000; Ft. Pierce Horticulture Research Lab, Ft. Pierce, 
FL--$250,000; Grape Genetics, Geneva, NY--$100,000; Grapefruit 
Juice/Drug Interaction, Winterhaven, FL--$80,000; Great Lakes 
Aquaculture, Madison, WI--$30,000; Greenhouse Lettuce 
Germplasm, Salinas, CA--$150,000; Improved Forage and Livestock 
Production, Lexington, KY (University of KY)--$120,000; 
Invasive Aquatic Weeds, Ft. Lauderdale, FL--$100,000; Invasive 
Ludwigia, Davis, CA--$100,000; Karnal Bunt, Manhattan, KS--
$80,000; Medicinal and Bioactive Crops, Steven F. Austin State 
University/University of MD--$240,000; Mid-west/Mid-South 
Irrigation, Columbia, MO (Delta Center, University of MO)--
$68,000; Mosquito Biological Control, (Stoneville, MS)--
$210,000; National Cold Water Marine Aquaculture, Franklin, 
ME--$160,000; National Sclerotinia Initiative, $300,000; 
National Soil Dynamics, Auburn, AL--$120,000; Natural Products, 
Oxford, MS--$180,000; Northeast Plant Soil and Water Lab, 
Orono, ME--$80,000; NutriCore, National Center for Excellence 
in Foods and Nutrition Research--$42,000; Ogallala Aquifer, 
Bushland, TX (Texas A&M, Texas Tech, & Kansas State 
University)--$1,375,000; Peanut Production, Dawson, GA--
$75,000; Peanut Variety, Stillwater, OK--$180,000; Pear Thrips, 
Ithaca, NY (University of Vermont)--$50,000; Pierce's Disease/
Glassy-winged Sharpshooter, Parlier, CA--$25,000; Plant Genetic 
Diversity and Gene Discovery, Logan, UT--$180,000; Plant 
Protein Grazing Livestock, El Reno, OK--$100,000; Potato 
Blight, Orono, ME--$80,000; Quantify Basin Water Budget 
Components in the Southwest, Tucson, AZ--$200,000; Range and 
Forage Management (Sage Grouse), Burns, OR--$180,000; Regional 
Grains Genotyping Research, Raleigh, NC--$178,000; Salmonella, 
Listeria, E. coli, and Other Food Pathogens, Wyndmoor, PA--
$100,000; Seafood Waste, Fairbanks, AK--$75,000; Seasonal 
Grazing, Coshocton, OH--$100,000; Soybean Research South, 
Stoneville, MS--$240,000; Sugarcane Breeding and Harvesting, 
Houma, LA--$100,000; Sustainable Aquaculture Feeds, Aberdeen, 
ID--$100,000; Swine Lagoon Alternatives, Florence, SC--
$100,000; Turf Grass Research, Beaver, WV--$180,000; U.S. 
National Arboretum (Germplasm/Ornamental Horticulture), 
Washington, D.C.--$250,000; Vaccines and Microbe Control for 
Fish Health, Auburn, AL--$80,000; Viticulture, Corvallis, OR--
$150,000; Waste Management, Bowling Green, KY (Western KY 
University)--$120,000; and, Winter Grain Legume, Pullman, WA--
$120,000.
      The conference agreement provides an increase of $200,000 
above the fiscal year 2005 level for additional research at the 
Southwest Watershed Research Center at Tucson, Arizona instead 
of at the ARS Research Laboratory at Maricopa, Arizona and at 
the University of Arizona as proposed by the House.

                        BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES

      The conference agreement provides $131,195,000 for the 
Agricultural Research Service, Buildings and Facilities, 
instead of $87,300,000 as proposed by the House and 
$160,645,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The following items reflect the conference agreement: 
National Center for Animal Health (Ames, Iowa), $58,800,000; 
Grape Genomics Research Center (Davis, California), $3,625,000; 
U.S. Agricultural Research Station (Salinas, California), 
$3,625,000; U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center 
(Hilo, Hawaii), $3,625,000; Aquaculture Facility (Aberdeen/
Bilingsley Creek, Idaho) $1,000,000; National Center for 
Agricultural Utilization Research (Peoria, Illinois), 
$3,625,000; Animal Waste Management Research Laboratory 
(Bowling Green, Kentucky), $3,000,000; Forage-Animal Research 
Laboratory (Lexington, Kentucky) $4,000,000; ARS Sugarcane 
Research Laboratory (Houma, Louisiana), $3,625,000; National 
Marine Cold Water Aquaculture Research Center (Orono/Franklin, 
Maine), $2,500,000; Beltsville Agricultural Research Center 
(Beltsville, Maryland), $3,625,000; Biotechnology Laboratory, 
Alcorn State (Lorman, MS), $2,000,000; Poultry Science Research 
Facility (Starkville, Mississippi), $5,000,000; National Plant 
and Genetics Security Center (Columbia, Missouri), $3,725,000; 
Animal Bioscience Facility (Bozeman, Montana), $4,000,000; 
Center for Grape Genetics (Geneva, New York), $3,625,000; 
Center for Crop-based Health Genomics (Ithaca, New York), 
$3,625,000; University of Toledo (Toledo, Ohio), $1,600,000; 
U.S. Vegetable Laboratory (Charleston, South Carolina), 
$2,000,000; ARS Research Laboratory (Pullman, Washington), 
$3,625,000; Appalachian Fruit Laboratory (Kearneysville, West 
Virginia), $2,045,000; Nutrient Management Research Laboratory 
(Leetown, West Virginia), $900,000; and, Nutrient Management 
Laboratory (Marshfield, Wisconsin), $8,000,000.

      Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service

                   RESEARCH AND EDUCATION ACTIVITIES

      The conference agreement provides $676,849,000 for 
research and education activities instead of $662,546,000 as 
proposed by the House and $652,231,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The conference agreement provides $500,000 for resident 
instruction grants for insular areas.
      The conference agreement provides $500,000 for the 
implementation of the National Veterinary Medical Services Act.
      The following table reflects the conference agreement:
    
    
      The conference agreement does not provide funding, within 
the National Research Initiative, for the competitive grants 
program as authorized under section 406 of the Agricultural 
Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 as 
proposed by the House.
      The conference agreement provides $1,000,000 for Applied 
Agricultural and Environmental Research of which $150,000 shall 
be for California State-Poly, and the remaining funds shall be 
equally divided among California State-Fresno, California 
State-San Luis Obispo, California State-Pomona, and California 
State-Chico.
      The conference agreement provides $350,000 to continue 
physical assessments of the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo watershed to 
evaluate the hydrological feasibility of water management 
improvements.
      The conference agreement provides $300,000 for air 
quality research of which $150,000 each shall be for the 
University of California at Davis and Fresno State University 
to supplement existing research initiatives for bovine 
emissions and manure lagoon emissions.
      The conference agreement does not include language 
proposed by the House regarding Polymer-based University 
Research.
      The conference agreement provides $1,612,000 for the Food 
and Agriculture Policy Research Institute. Of that amount, the 
conferees provide an increase of $75,000 above the fiscal year 
2005 level for the Center for Agricultural and Trade Policies 
for the Northern Plains Region at North Dakota State 
University.
      The conference agreement provides $736,000 for grain 
sorghum research of which $210,000 is for Texas Tech, $149,000 
is for Texas A&M, and $377,000 is for Kansas State.
      The conference agreement provides $9,548,000 for the 
Tropical and Subtropical Research program for Florida and 
Hawaii as proposed by the House instead of $4,699,000 for 
Hawaii as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides $600,000 for 
aquaculture research of which $300,000 shall be for Florida, 
and $150,000 each for California (Hubbs Research Institute) and 
Texas (Mote Marine Laboratory/University of Texas).

              NATIVE AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS ENDOWMENT FUND

      The conference agreement provides $12,000,000 for the 
Native American Institutions Endowment Fund as proposed by both 
the House and Senate.

                          EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

      The conference agreement provides $455,955,000 for 
extension activities instead of $444,871,000 as proposed by the 
House and $453,438,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement includes $2,000,000 for grants 
to youth organizations instead of $2,646,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
    The conferees note that the Extension Indian Reservation 
Program supports extension agents on large American Indian 
reservations to address the unique needs and problems of 
American Indian tribal nations. The funds provided are managed 
by the 1862 land-grant university in the state in which the 
reservation is located, providing access to the university's 
knowledge base and structure to deliver needed information and 
programs. The conferees recognize the need for additional 
Indian extension agents, and urge the Department to work with 
tribal nations to develop a benchmark for appropriate staffing 
levels.
      The following table reflects the conference agreement:
    
    
                         INTEGRATED ACTIVITIES

      The conference agreement provides $55,792,000 for 
integrated activities instead of $15,513,000 as proposed by the 
House and $55,784,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The following table reflects the conference agreement:
    
    
              OUTREACH FOR SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED FARMERS

      The conference agreement provides $6,000,000 for Outreach 
for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers instead of $7,810,000 as 
proposed by the House and $5,888,000 as proposed by the Senate.

  Office of the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs

      The conference agreement provides $724,000 for the Office 
of the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs as 
proposed by the House and the Senate.

               Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The conference agreement provides $815,461,000 for the 
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) instead of 
$842,520,000 as proposed by the House and $807,768,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides specific amounts for 
each program administered by APHIS, and directs appropriations 
for a number of projects and activities within the programs. 
Unless otherwise directed, APHIS shall implement appropriations 
by program, projects, and activities as specified by the 
Committees on Appropriations. The conferees expect APHIS to 
provide the specified amount for each program or activity, and 
expect that there will not be any redirection of funds without 
prior notification to and approval by the Committees on 
Appropriations, in accordance with the reprogramming procedures 
specified in this Act.
      The conference agreement does not assume Animal Welfare 
Act user fees of $10,858,000, as proposed in the President's 
budget request. Such fees are not authorized.
      The following table reflects the conference agreement:

               Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

                       [In thousands of dollars]

  Pest and Disease Exclusion:          FY 2006 Conference Recommendation
    Agricultural quarantine inspection........................    27,524
    Cattle ticks..............................................     7,627
    Foreign animal diseases/FMD...............................     8,743
    Fruit fly exclusion and detection.........................    59,976
    Import-export inspection..................................    12,493
    Screwworm.................................................    28,000
    Trade issues resolution management........................    12,583
    Tropical bont tick........................................       426
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        Total, Pest and Disease Exclusion.....................   157,372
  Plant and Animal Health Monitoring:
    Animal health monitoring and surveillance.................   147,449
    Animal and plant health regulatory enforcement............    10,399
    Bio Surveillance..........................................     2,007
    Emergency management systems..............................    13,686
    Pest detection............................................    27,316
    Select Agents.............................................     3,519
    Wildlife Disease Monitoring and Surveillance..............        --
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        Total, Plant and Animal Health Monitoring.............   204,376
  Pest and Disease Management:
    Aquaculture...............................................     1,262
    Biological control........................................     9,579
    Boll weevil...............................................    39,000
    Brucellosis...............................................    10,453
    Chronic wasting disease...................................    18,710
    Emerging plant pests......................................   100,217
    Golden nematode...........................................       808
    Grasshopper and Mormon cricket............................     5,555
    Gypsy moth................................................     4,818
    Imported fire ant.........................................     2,154
    Johnes disease............................................    13,189
    Low pathogen avian influenza..............................    13,837
    Noxious weeds.............................................     1,920
    Pink bollworm.............................................     5,221
    Plum pox..................................................     2,216
    Pseudorabies..............................................     4,391
    Scrapie...................................................    18,600
    Tuberculosis..............................................    15,001
    Wildlife services operations..............................    77,927
    Witchweed.................................................     1,527
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        Total, Pest and Disease Management....................   346,385
  Animal Care:
    Animal welfare............................................    17,478
    Horse protection..........................................       497
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        Total, Animal Care....................................    17,975
  Scientific and Technical Services:
    Biosecurity...............................................     1,972
    Information technology infrastructure.....................     4,552
    Biotechnology regulatory services.........................    10,574
    Environmental compliance..................................     2,653
    Plant methods development labs............................     8,535
    Veterinary biologics......................................    15,647
    Veterinary diagnostics....................................    22,890
    Wildlife services methods development.....................    17,390
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        Total, Scientific and Technical Services..............    84,213
Contingency fund..............................................     4,140
Physical security.............................................     1,000
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            Total, Salaries and Expenses......................  $815,461
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      For fiscal year 2006, the conferees provide $27,524,000 
for the AQI appropriated account, which includes an increase of 
$52,000 over the fiscal year 2005 funding level for interline 
activities in Hawaii. The conference agreement includes 
$2,514,000 for the National Germplasm and Biotechnology 
Laboratory to operate its biosecurity level 3 greenhouse, and 
support detection of high-risk plant pathogens to protect the 
agriculture sector.
      The conferees include $59,976,000 for fruit fly exclusion 
and detection. Of that amount, $2,758,000 is for fruit fly 
control in Texas, as requested.
      The conferees are aware of the development of a strategic 
plan to address the threat of multiple fruit fly species to 
U.S. agriculture. While APHIS does participate in sterile fly 
production relating to the Mediterranean Fruit Fly, there are 
three other fruit fly species in Hawaii which pose serious 
threats to agricultural production in that and other states. 
The conferees are aware of an existing agency facility located 
on the island of Oahu which has been used to produce sterile 
fruit flies, and the Secretary is directed to take no action 
toward the dismantling or demolition of that facility since it 
may play a role in developing a multi-species fruit fly 
strategy for U.S. tropical and subtropical agriculture. The 
Secretary is also directed to work with representatives of the 
Hawaii agriculture sector in developing such a strategy and for 
possible inclusion of the existing APHIS facility in that 
regard.
      The conferees provide $12,493,000 for import-export 
inspection, including $1,000,000 for a cooperative agreement 
with the California County Pest Detection Augmentation Program.
      The conference agreement includes $147,449,000 for Animal 
Health Monitoring and Surveillance. Within that amount, the 
conference agreement provides $33,340,000 for the National 
Animal Identification System (NAIS), as requested. The 
conference agreement also includes an increase of $2,500,000 
for the Comprehensive Surveillance System.
      The conference agreement provides the full amount 
requested, $17,184,000, for surveillance and other activities 
related to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE).
      The conference agreement includes: $600,000 for the Farm 
Animal Identification and Records (FAIR) program; funding of 
the New Mexico Rapid Syndrome Validation Program at $547,000 to 
support early detection of pathogens in animals and prevent 
their spread; $375,000 for Iowa State's work regarding risk 
assessments of genetically modified agricultural products; 
$325,000 to address bio-safety issues relating to antibiotic-
resistant strains of bacteria in Vermont; $50,000 for animal 
tracking in Washington; and $50,000 for the Population 
Management Center, a collaboration between the Lincoln Park Zoo 
and the Davee Center for Epidemiology in Chicago, Illinois.
      The conference agreement includes $3,571,000 for 
cooperative agreements with states, $1,900,000 for cooperative 
agreements as part of the National Animal Health Laboratory 
Network, and $8,930,000 for FMD/FAD surveillance.
      The conference agreement includes $13,686,000 for 
emergency management systems, which includes a total of 
$4,307,000 for emergency coordinators and a total of $3,000,000 
for the vaccine bank.
      The conference agreement includes $27,316,000 for pest 
detection, including $200,000 for a remote sensing, 
hyperspectral imaging and light detection and ranging project; 
an increase of $100,000 for a cooperative agreement with 
California; and an increase of $1,546,000 for surveys through 
the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Surveys system.
      The conference agreement provides a total of $3,519,000 
for the Select Agents program. The funding for this program was 
transferred from the Import/Export and Pest Detection line 
items, as proposed in the President's budget request.
      The conferees provide an increase of $50,000 above the 
fiscal year 2005 level for the Greater Yellowstone Interagency 
Brucellosis Committee and an increase of $50,000 for Montana.
      For chronic wasting disease, the conferees provide 
$18,710,000. The program provides funding to states in which 
the disease has been found, including West Virginia. The 
conferees direct that of the total, $1,750,000 is for 
Wisconsin; $246,000 for Utah; $247,000 for the Conservation 
Medicine Center of Chicago; $50,000 for Colorado; and $150,000 
for Alaska to monitor chronic wasting disease.
      The conferees direct the Secretary to publish in the 
Federal Register proposed regulations relating to the control 
of chronic wasting disease. The Secretary is further directed 
to provide notice to the Committees on Appropriations of the 
House and Senate if this directive has not been achieved within 
90 days of enactment and such notice shall include a 
description of actions taken and a timetable for publication in 
the Federal Register.
      The conference agreement includes $100,217,000 for plant 
pests. The conferees provide $36,629,000 for citrus canker 
eradication; $24,250,000 for Pierce's Disease/Glassy-winged 
sharpshooter; $10,000,000 for Emerald Ash borer; $1,500,000 for 
Karnal Bunt; and $3,076,000 for Sudden Oak Death. The conferees 
provide $500,000 for hydrilla eradication around Lake Gaston in 
Virginia and North Carolina. Funding for olive fruit fly is 
continued at the fiscal year 2005 level.
      The conference agreement includes $20,000,000 for Asian 
longhorned beetle activities. The conferees direct that no less 
than the fiscal year 2005 level be provided for activities in 
Chicago, Illinois. The conferees also direct that sufficient 
resources be allocated for activities in New York.
      The conferees note their continued concern regarding the 
devastation caused by citrus canker. The conference agreement 
includes $36,629,000 for eradication and control activities. 
Additional funds have recently been made available by the 
Administration. In September 2005, the Secretary announced that 
USDA had provided $53,750,000 in emergency funding for 
eradication and control, and in October 2005, he announced 
$200,000,000 in disaster relief funding to compensate 
commercial growers for losses. Although the conferees 
understand that these funds do not cover total needs, 
particularly since the hurricanes that hit Florida in 2004 
contributed to the spread of disease, the investment to date 
has been substantial. In total, over $740,000,000 in federal 
funding has been provided to address needs related to citrus 
canker. The conferees will continue to monitor the situation, 
and encourage the Administration to continue its support of the 
industry.
      The conferees expect the Secretary of Agriculture to 
continue to utilize his authority to transfer funds from the 
Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to assist states with the 
arrest and eradication of animal and plant pests and diseases 
that threaten American agriculture.
      The conference agreement provides $13,189,000 for Johne's 
Disease. Of that amount, no less than the fiscal year 2005 
level shall be available for activities in Wisconsin.
      The conferees note that a total of $28,337,000 is 
available for activities related to the prevention, control, 
and eradication of avian influenza, including $12,000,000 in 
carryover funds for indemnities. A program increase of 
$3,000,000 for detection, control, and eradication activities 
is provided in the conference agreement.
      The conferees provide $1,920,000 for the noxious weeds 
account. This amount includes $50,000 for weed management in 
Nevada.
      The conference agreement includes the amount requested, 
$2,216,000, for surveillance and control of the plum pox virus. 
In addition, approximately $600,000 is available for the 
program from carryover funds. The conferees understand that the 
virus has not moved beyond the borders of Pennsylvania, but are 
concerned about recent positive findings in the state. The 
conferees expect that if the incidence of plum pox virus 
increases, APHIS will use its authorities for emergency funding 
to support surveillance and removal and destruction of infected 
trees.
      The conferees are aware of an outbreak of bovine 
tuberculosis in New Mexico and, in response, that an MOU has 
been executed between USDA and that state. The conferees urge 
the Secretary to use authorities and resources of the 
Department to provide testing, monitoring, surveillance, and 
other services, as needed, toward the control and eradication 
of this disease.
      The conferees direct that, other than funding for the 
specific items noted in this statement, the funds provided in 
the Wildlife Services Operations line item are available for 
general operations needs.
      The conferees do not concur with the President's request 
to reduce funding in the Wildlife Services account to allow 
cooperators to assume a larger share of the costs associated 
with these activities.
      The conferees provide $1,200,000 for wolf predation 
management, of which $1,050,000 is for Wisconsin, Minnesota, 
and Michigan, and $150,000 is for New Mexico and Arizona.
      The conference agreement continues funding for the 
following projects: $300,000 for beaver management in North 
Carolina; $250,000 for crop and aquaculture losses in Southeast 
Missouri; $625,000 for game bird predation work with the 
University of Georgia; $150,000 for predation wildlife services 
in western and southside Virginia; $135,000 for blackbird 
control in Louisiana; $1,337,000 for predator control programs 
in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming; $1,000,000 for wildlife 
services in Texas; $225,000 for beaver management and damage in 
Wisconsin; $50,000 for control of feral hogs in Missouri; 
$1,000,000 for cormorant control in New York; $200,000 for 
cormorant control in Michigan; $150,000 for cormorant control 
in the Lake Champlain basin; $750,000 for wildlife service 
operations with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and 
Parks; $539,000 for the management of beavers in Mississippi; 
$380,000 to continue control measures for minimizing blackbird 
damage to sunflowers in North Dakota and South Dakota; $172,000 
for Kansas blackbird control; $342,000 for the Jack Berryman 
Institute, Utah; $247,000 for Kentucky State operations; 
$321,000 for Delta states operations; $196,000 for geese 
control in New York; and $250,000 for the New Hampshire State 
operations. The conference agreement does not include $100,000 
increases for state operations in Alaska, Tennessee or 
Pennsylvania, as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement includes $10,700,000 for 
wildlife control in Western states.
      The conference agreement provides $404,000 for activities 
in Hawaii and Guam. The conferees expect these funds to be used 
to enhance activities for control of pest species. In addition, 
the conference agreement provides $950,000 for brown tree snake 
control.
      The conference agreement includes $23,580,000 for a 
cooperative oral rabies vaccination program, an increase of 
$2,000,000 over the fiscal year 2005 level. The conferees 
encourage APHIS to make use of existing funds to appropriately 
address rabies in Broward County, Florida.
      Within the amount provided for wildlife surveillance, the 
conference agreement provides an increase of $100,000 for 
remote diagnostics and wildlife disease surveillance activities 
with North Dakota State University and Dickinson State 
University.
      The conferees provide an increase of $1,900,000 for the 
National Animal Health Laboratory Network, as requested. Within 
the total, $375,000 is included for an agriculture biosecurity 
center in Kansas.
      The conference agreement includes $17,390,000 for 
wildlife services methods development. Within that amount, the 
conferees provide $419,000 in funding for the National Wildlife 
Research Station in Kingsville, Texas, to address emerging 
infectious disease issues associated with wildlife populations; 
an increase of $175,000 for the Jack Berryman Institute, 
Mississippi; and an increase of $118,000 for the Utah Predator 
Research Station.
      The conferees support the microchipping of pets for 
identification under a system of open microchip technology in 
which all scanners can read all chips. The conferees direct 
APHIS to develop the appropriate regulations that allow for 
universal reading ability and best serve the interests of pet 
owners. The conferees also direct APHIS to take into 
consideration the effect such regulation may have on the 
current practice of microchipping pets in this country, and to 
report to the Committees on Appropriations within 90 days of 
the date of enactment of this Act on progress toward that end.
      The conferees are aware of the scientific achievements 
that have been made possible through the use of laboratory 
animals. However, the conferees also strongly support strict 
enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act, including regulatory 
oversight of the trade by Class B animal dealers. The Secretary 
is directed to report to the Appropriations Committees of the 
House and Senate by March 1, 2006, on enforcement actions taken 
in the regulation of Class B animal dealers. Such report should 
also include information regarding the frequency of inspection 
of Class B dealers, the allocation of resources for that 
purpose, and other actions of the Department.

                        BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES

      The conference agreement provides $4,996,000 for Animal 
and Plant Health Inspection Service Buildings and Facilities as 
proposed by the House and the Senate.

                     Agricultural Marketing Service

                           MARKETING SERVICES

      The conference agreement provides $75,376,000 for the 
Agricultural Marketing Service instead of $78,032,000 as 
proposed by the House and $76,643,000 as proposed by the 
Senate. The conference agreement does not include $2,918,000 in 
standardization fees, as proposed in the President's budget. 
These fees are not currently authorized in law.
      The conference agreement does not include funding under 
this account for a web-based supply chain management system, 
but does provide funding for the system under the Funds for 
Strengthening Markets, Income, and Supply (section 32) Account.
      The conferees provide $2,026,000 for activities relating 
to organic standards, $15,262,000 for the Pesticide Data 
Program, and $2,927,000 for Pesticide Recordkeeping, as 
requested in the budget, and an increase of $1,000,000 for 
activities related to country of origin labeling enforcement.
      The conference agreement includes $1,000,000 for the 
Farmers' Market Promotion Program, to make grants to eligible 
entities for the purposes of establishing, expanding, and 
promoting farmers' markets. The conferees direct that no entity 
shall receive more than $75,000 in funding from the program, 
and request a report on the grants made, including the entity, 
purpose, and location, and administrative costs of the program 
within 180 days of enactment.

                 LIMITATION ON ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

      The conference agreement provides $65,667,000 as proposed 
by both the House and Senate.

    FUNDS FOR STRENGTHENING MARKETS, INCOME, AND SUPPLY (SECTION 32)

      The conference agreement provides $16,055,000 for Funds 
for Strengthening Markets, Income, and Supply as proposed by 
the House and the Senate.
      In addition, the conferees provide not less than 
$20,000,000 for the first phase of development of the Web-based 
Supply Chain Management (WBSCM) system, which will benefit the 
programs of the Agricultural Marketing Service, the Farm 
Service Agency, and the Food and Nutrition Service, as well as 
enhancing food distribution to schools and other feeding 
outlets. The conferees note that administrative expenses to 
support commodity purchases are expressly allowed in the 
authorizing legislation, and Section 32 funds, accordingly, 
should be used to fund the development of the WBSCM system.

                   PAYMENTS TO STATES AND POSSESSIONS

      The conference agreement provides $3,847,000 for Payments 
to States and Possessions as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$1,347,000 as proposed by the House.
      The conference agreement includes bill language and 
funding for a specialty markets grant as proposed by the 
Senate.

        Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The conference agreement provides $38,443,000 for the 
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration as 
proposed by the Senate instead of $38,400,000 as proposed by 
the House.
      The conference agreement fully funds the requested 
increase for pay costs and the development of an information 
disaster recovery program, and provides an increase of $225,000 
for other high priority budgeted increases. The conference 
agreement does not include $24,701,000 in grain standardization 
and Packers and Stockyards licensing fees, as proposed in the 
President's budget. These fees are not currently authorized in 
law.
      The conferees remain very interested in the study on 
marketing arrangements that GIPSA has undertaken with 
$4,500,000 provided in fiscal year 2003 for that purpose. 
Although the study was delayed, the conferees have been 
informed that it is scheduled for completion in mid-2006 and 
that the total cost is not affected. The conferees direct GIPSA 
to provide quarterly updates and report the study findings to 
the Committees on Appropriations by June 30, 2006.
      The conference agreement includes $500,000 to continue 
the product verification protocols pilot program, in 
conjunction with the Missouri, Illinois, and Iowa Corn Growers 
Associations. The pilot program is to establish controls for 
regulated seed varieties and augment grain marketing.

        LIMITATION ON INSPECTION AND WEIGHING SERVICES EXPENSES

      The conference agreement provides $42,463,000 for 
Limitation on Inspection and Weighing Services Expenses as 
proposed by the House and Senate.

             Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety

      The conference agreement provides $602,000 for the Office 
of the Under Secretary for Food Safety as proposed by the 
Senate instead of $590,000 as proposed by the House.

                   Food Safety and Inspection Service

      The conference agreement provides $837,756,000 for the 
Food Safety and Inspection Service, instead of $837,264,000 as 
proposed by the House and $836,818,000 as proposed by the 
Senate. The conference agreement does not assume Food Safety 
Inspection user fees of $139,000,000, as proposed in the 
President's budget request. Such fees are not authorized.
      The conferees include bill language, as proposed by the 
Senate, regarding full-time equivalent positions for 
inspections and enforcement of laws and regulations related to 
the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.
      The conference agreement provides $4,000,000 for FSIS to 
continue the incorporation of the Humane Activities Tracking 
(HAT) system into the Field Automation and Information 
Management (FAIM) system at slaughter plants throughout the 
country. This system will assist in connecting the HAT data 
into FSIS' broader food safety and food security communications 
infrastructure. In addition, this will provide FSIS with access 
to real-time information, assisting in the detection and 
prevention of potential food safety problems at FSIS-inspected 
facilities throughout the country.
      The conference agreement provides the following 
increases: $2,236,000 for frontline inspection improvement; 
$1,008,000 for food safety employee training; $417,000 for 
biosurveillance; and $2,500,000 for laboratory capacity. The 
conference agreement also provides $2,976,000 for BSE 
surveillance, as requested, and $2,000,000 for microbiological 
baseline studies.

         Food Safety and Inspection Service, Funding by Activity

  Food Safety & Inspection: thousands of dollars]
    Federal...................................................  $753,252
    State.....................................................    53,790
    International.............................................    19,551
Codex.........................................................     3,002
FAIM Project..................................................     8,161
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        Total.................................................   837,756

    Office of the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural 
                                Services

      The conference agreement provides $635,000 for the Office 
of the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural 
Services as proposed by the House and the Senate.

                          Farm Service Agency

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The conference agreement provides $1,030,000,000 for the 
Farm Service Agency instead of $1,023,738,000 as proposed by 
the House and $1,043,555,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement includes the following 
increases: $15,944,000 for pay cost; $15,018,000 to maintain 
staffing levels being funded from carryover balances in fiscal 
year 2005; $2,900,000 for the National Agricultural Imagery 
Program, of which $300,000 is for a pilot Automated Crop 
Cultivation Assessment Tool; and $1,500,000 for the enhancement 
and management of the agriculture imagery catalog repositories 
and data warehouses as proposed by the Senate.
      The conferees direct that of the funds available to the 
Administrator of the Farm Service Agency, $24,000,000 shall be 
for the National Agricultural Imagery Program (NAIP). This 
amount is in addition to any provided by cooperating funds from 
any other federal, state, or local government funding for NAIP.
      The conferees note that USDA has set aside the FSA 
Tomorrow plan and expect USDA to exercise a cautious approach 
toward any county or local office closures.
      The conferees are aware of the successful partnership 
between FSA and the National Tribal Development Authority in 
providing credit outreach to American Indian producers, which 
offers tribal members an equal opportunity to participate in 
farm loan programs. The National FSA American Indian Credit 
Outreach initiative reaches tribal members across the country, 
and has demonstrated continued success in increasing 
participation and reducing defaults since its inception in 
2001. Recent funding concerns have created some uncertainty for 
the future of this program. The conferees encourage FSA to 
continue its partnership with NTDA for its credit outreach 
initiatives.

                         STATE MEDIATION GRANTS

      The conference agreement provides $4,250,000 for State 
Mediation Grants, as proposed by the House and Senate.

               GRASSROOTS SOURCE WATER PROTECTION PROGRAM

      The conference agreement provides $3,750,000 for the 
Grassroots Source Water Protection Program instead of no 
funding as proposed by the House and $4,250,000 as proposed by 
the Senate.
      Funding for this program in previous fiscal years has 
been provided through the Natural Resources Conservation 
Service.

                        DAIRY INDEMNITY PROGRAM

      The conference agreement provides $100,000 for the Dairy 
Indemnity Program, as proposed by the House and Senate.

           AGRICULTURAL CREDIT INSURANCE FUND PROGRAM ACCOUNT

      The following table reflects the conference agreement:

Farm Ownership Loans:
        Direct..........................................  ($208,000,000)
        Subsidy.........................................      10,650,000
        Guaranteed...................................... (1,400,000,000)
        Subsidy.........................................       6,720,000
Farm Operating Loans:
        Direct..........................................   (650,000,000)
        Subsidy.........................................      64,675,000
        Unsubsidized Guaranteed......................... (1,150,000,000)
        Subsidy.........................................      34,845,000
        Subsidized Guaranteed...........................   (274,632,000)
        Subsidy.........................................      34,329,000
        Indian Tribe Land Acquisition...................     (2,020,000)
        Subsidy.........................................          81,000
        Boll Weevil Eradication.........................   (100,000,000)
        Subsidy.........................................               0
ACIF Expenses:
        Salaries and Expenses...........................     304,591,000
        Administrative Expenses.........................       8,000,000

      The conference agreement provides for a transfer of 
$304,591,000 to salaries and expenses instead of $297,127,000 
as proposed by the House and $309,137,000 as proposed by the 
Senate. Of this amount, $4,194,000 shall be used for increased 
salary costs, $7,483,000 shall be used for the highest priority 
operating expenses, and no less than $1,500,000 shall be used 
to hire and train additional farm loan officers and managers.
      The conference agreement provides no new budget authority 
for the emergency loan program. Currently, this loan program 
has over $152,000,000 available for eligible producers. Based 
on historical loan activity, this amount should meet all needs 
for emergency loans in this fiscal year.

                         Risk Management Agency

      The conference agreement provides $77,048,000 for the 
Risk Management Agency instead of $77,806,000 as proposed by 
the House and $73,448,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides $3,600,000 in 
discretionary funds for data mining and data warehousing 
activities to address the program compliance and integrity 
functions of the federal crop insurance program. The conferees 
will only provide one-time funding for these activities within 
discretionary funds, and recommend the Agency seek mandatory 
funds as previously authorized under the Federal Crop Insurance 
Act (7 U.S.C. Sec. Sec. 1501-1524) as proposed by the House.
      Within the total funding for the Risk Management Agency, 
the conference agreement provides an increase of $1,000,000 for 
the Agency's Emerging Information Technology Architecture 
initiative, instead of $1,463,000 as proposed by the House.
      The conferees urge the Risk Management Agency to initiate 
a pilot program that would evaluate the effectiveness of lamb 
price insurance for sheep producers of all size operations and 
geography as proposed by the House, and a second that would 
conduct an actuarial study, in conjunction with North Dakota 
State University, addressing an optional insurance program in 
North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota on wheat, barley, 
soybeans, and corn as proposed by the Senate.
      The conferees are aware of aerial platform multi-spectral 
digital imaging and its potential application in facilitating 
the accurate measurement of crop insurance claims. The 
conferees encourage the Secretary to consider the development 
of a pilot program with the University of Minnesota to advance 
the application of this technology to the claims process.

                Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Fund

      The conference agreement provides an appropriation of 
such sums as may be necessary for the Federal Crop Insurance 
Corporation Fund (estimated to be $3,159,379,000 in the 
President's fiscal year 2006 Budget Request), as proposed by 
the House and Senate.

                   Commodity Credit Corporation Fund

                 REIMBURSEMENT FOR NET REALIZED LOSSES

      The conference agreement provides an appropriation of 
such sums as may be necessary for Reimbursement for Net 
Realized Losses of the Commodity Credit Corporation (estimated 
to be $25,690,000,000 in the President's fiscal year 2006 
Budget Request), as proposed by the House and Senate.

                       HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT

      The conference agreement provides a limitation of 
$5,000,000 for Hazardous Waste Management, as proposed by the 
House and Senate.

                    TITLE II--CONSERVATION PROGRAMS

  Office of the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment

      The conference agreement provides $744,000 for the Office 
of the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment as 
proposed by the House and the Senate.
      The conferees note that the Natural Resources 
Conservation Service underwent a reorganization in early 2004. 
In discussions about the reorganization with the Committees on 
Appropriations, the Department agreed to revisit the 
reorganization in two to three years to determine its 
effectiveness and address any concerns of the Committees. The 
conferees direct the Department to consult with the Committees 
prior to conducting an analysis of the reorganization, and 
describing how it has met the needs of the Service, Congress, 
and stakeholders.

                 Natural Resources Conservation Service

                        CONSERVATION OPERATIONS

      The conference agreement includes $839,519,000 for 
Conservation Operations, instead of $773,640,000 as proposed by 
the House and $819,561,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides $27,500,000 for the 
Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, $10,650,000 for snow 
surveys, $10,547,000 for Plant Materials Centers, and 
$88,149,000 for the Soil Surveys Program. The budget authority 
provided for the Plant Materials Centers does not include funds 
for completion of the Alaska Plant Materials Center, as 
proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement requires funds appropriated for 
Conservation Operations be available until May 31, 2007. The 
conferees direct the Secretary to report to the Committees no 
later than July 1, 2006, on any projects or activities for 
which funds have been specifically provided by this Act that 
have not been obligated by that date. Such a report shall 
include the reasons for which the obligations have not been 
made and a timetable indicating when those obligations shall 
occur.
      Funding for fiscal year 2005 projects is not continued in 
fiscal year 2006 unless specifically mentioned in this 
statement of the managers. The following funds are directed to 
be used in cooperative agreements continued with the same 
cooperator entities as in the fiscal year 2005 agreements, 
except as noted: Cooperative agreement between the Alabama 
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the 
Alabama Wildlife Federation for conservation education (AL)--
$446,000; Cooperative agreement with the Alabama Association of 
Conservation Districts (AL)--$100,000; Obtain/evaluate 
materials for cold region seeds of plants in conjunction w/
Alaska Division of Agriculture (AK)--$300,000; Native Plant 
Materials (commercialization) (AK)--$300,000; NRI pilot 
development (AK)--$500,000; Cooperative agreement w/Soil and 
Water Conservation Districts (AK)--$1,488,000; National Water 
Management Center (AR)--$2,750,000; Study to determine 
logistics of transportation/coordination of excess nutrients 
(AR)--$225,000; Small Farm Wetlands Management Center w/
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (AR)--$125,000; East 
Valley Conservation District/Santa Ana Watershed Authority 
Plant Removal (CA)--$1,000,000; Monterey Bay Sanctuary (CA)--
$600,000; Cooperative agreement with the Municipal Water 
District of Orange County California (CA)--$200,000; 
Cooperative agreement w/Tufts University to improve 
conservation practices (CT)--$500,000; Pilot projects for 
technology systems resulting in nutrient reduction (FL)--
$6,000,000; Manatee Agriculture Reuse System (FL)--$2,000,000; 
Lake Okeechobee Watershed project planning (FL)--$350,000; 
Suwannee, Dixie, and Lafayette Counties dairy and poultry waste 
treatment (FL)--$1,000,000; Cooperative agreement w/Green 
Institute (FL)--$400,000; Georgia Soil and Water Conservation 
Commission Cooperative Agreement (GA)--$3,700,000; Community 
nutrient management facilities (GA)--$350,000; Cooperative 
agreement w/GSU for the Altamaha River Basin water quality 
project (GA)--$100,000; Agricultural development/resource 
conservation (HI)--$900,000; Idaho One Plan (ID)--$200,000; 
cooperative agreement w/the College of S. Idaho (ID)--$125,000; 
Trees Forever Program (IL)--$100,000; Illinois River 
Agricultural Conservation Project w/ Ducks Unlimited (IL)--
$242,000; Wildlife habitat education program in conjunction w/ 
National Wild Turkey Federation (IL)--$242,000; Kane County, 
Smart Growth Floodplain Monitoring Project (IL)--$600,000; 
Planning/ops in Illinois River watershed w/ Peoria County 
(IL)--$175,000; Illinois River Basin (IL)--$600,000 through 
EQIP; Hungry Canyon/Loess Hills Erosion Control/Western Iowa 
(IA)--$1,200,000; Trees Forever Program (IA)--$100,000; CEMSA 
w/Iowa Soybean Association (IA)--$432,000; Cooperative 
agreement w/ Northern Iowa University (IA)--$446,000; Soil 
erosion control cost-share program/soil survey program (KY)--
$3,000,000; Technical assistance to provide grants to Soil 
Conservation Districts (KY)--$1,000,000; Cooperative agreement 
w/ Western Ky. University (KY)--$396,000; Dairy waste 
remediation-Lake Ponchartrain Basin (LA)--$295,000; Cooperative 
agreement w/ LSU on effectiveness of agriculture and forestry 
(LA)--$400,000; False River sedimentation/Bayou Grosse (LA)--
$200,000; Union-Lincoln Parish Regional Water Conservation w/
Lincoln Parish (LA)--$125,000; Chesapeake Bay activities (MD)--
$6,000,000; Conservation related to cranberry production (MA/
WI)--$600,000; Weed It Now-Taconic Mountains (MA/NY/CT)--
$200,000; Great Lakes pilot program for conservation (MI)--
$600,000; Conservation in the Driftless area w/Southwest Badger 
RC&D (MN/WI)--$263,000; Mississippi Conservation Initiative 
(MS)--$10,000,000; Delta Water Resources Study (MS)--$694,000; 
Delta Conservation Demonstration Center, Washington County 
(MS)--$1,389,000; Soil erosion/Alcorn State (MS)--$192,000; 
Cattle and nutrient management in stream crossings (MS)--
$893,000; Choctaw County feasibility study for surface 
impoundment (MS)--$250,000; Wildlife Habitat Management 
Institute (MS)--$5,766,000; Alluvial Floodplain Conservation 
(MS)--$750,000; Soil Monitoring Pilot Project (MT)--$150,000; 
Upper White River Water Quality Project in southern MO--
$431,000; Carson City Erosion Control Project w/ Carson City 
(NV)--$375,000; Rangeland Conservation w/ Nevada Fire Safety 
Council (NV)--$125,000; State conservation cost share program 
(NJ)--$1,000,000; Riparian restoration activities along Rio 
Grande and Pecos (NM)--$537,000; Pastureland Management/
Rotational Grazing (NY)--$600,000; Best management practices/
Skaneateles and Owasco Watersheds (NY)--$325,000; Address non-
point pollution in Onondaga and Oneida Lake Watersheds (NY)--
$500,000; Watershed Agriculture Council in Walton (NY)--
$720,000; Pace University Land Use Law Center (NY)--$200,000; 
New York State Agriculture and Environment Program (NY)--
$800,000; Long Island Sound watershed initiative (NY)--
$200,000; Erosion control/stabilization for Hudson River 
shoreline at Tarrytown (NY)--$250,000; Technical assistance to 
livestock/poultry industry (NC)--$450,000; West Cary Watershed 
and Farmland Protection Project (NC)--$298,000; North Central 
Planning Council water utilization/ Devil's Lake (ND)--
$350,000; Maumee Watershed Hydrological Study and Flood 
Mitigation Plan (OH)--$1,000,000; Lake Erie Wetlands 
Conservation Corridors Project (OH)--$125,000; Cooperative 
agreement with Chemeketa Community College for the Oregon 
Garden, Silverton (OR) --$325,000; Conservation in Klamath and 
Lake Co. w/ Klamath County Economic Development Association 
(OR)--$175,000; Soil Survey Work in the State w/ MapCoast 
Partnership (RI)--$100,000; Study to characterize land use 
change while preserving natural resources in cooperation with 
Clemson University (SC)--$1,190,000; Bexar, Medina, Uvalde 
Counties irrigation in Edwards Aquifer (TX)--$500,000; Field 
office telecommunications pilot program/advanced soil survey 
methods (TX)--$2,400,000; Range vegetation pilot project, Ft. 
Hood (TX)--$500,000; Texas Water Resources Institute 
cooperative agreement for Tarrant County ($500,000) and Hood 
County ($100,000) (TX)--$600,000; AFO/CAFO Pilot Project (UT)--
$300,000; Study to examine effects of vegetative manipulation 
on water yields w/ Utah State (UT)--$800,000; Washington Fields 
(UT)--$3,000,000; Utah Conservation Initiative (UT)--
$5,000,000; Reduce phosphorus loading into Lake Champlain 
(VT)--$300,000; Pilot farm viability program project (VT)--
$300,000; Walla Walla watershed alliance (WA)--$500,000; 
Design/implement natural stream restoration initiatives (WV)--
$800,000; Soil survey geographic database in the Mid-Atlantic 
Highlands (WV)--$200,000; Poultry Litter Composting (WV)--
$160,000; Potomac and Ohio River Basin Soil Nutrient Project 
(WV)--$300,000; Appalachian Small Farmer Outreach Program 
(WV)--$860,000; GIS Center of Excellence, West Virginia 
University (WV)--$4,500,000; Multiflora Rose Control w/ West 
Virginia State Conservation Agency (WV)--$750,000; Grazing 
Lands Initiative/Wisconsin Department of Agriculture (WI)--
$950,000; Conservation land internship program (WI)--$120,000; 
Wisconsin Tribal Conservation Advisory Committee cooperative 
agreement (WI)--$300,000; Cooperative agreement with Sand 
County Foundation (WI)--$1,200,000; University of Wisconsin 
cooperative agreement on conservation tech transfer (WI)--
$300,000; Cooperative agreement Pioneer Farm (WI)--$300,000; 
Soil survey mapping project (WY)--$300,000; Audubon at Home 
Pilot Program--$500,000; Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil & 
Erosion Sediment--$2,500,000; On-Farm Management Systems 
Evaluation Network--$250,000; Watershed management demo 
program/NPPC--$548,000; National Fish and Wildlife Foundation 
Partnerships--$3,000,000; and Operation Oak to restore 
hardwoods--$400,000. The conference agreement includes funding 
for the Grassroots Source Water Protection Program in a 
separate account.
      The conferees direct that the funding included in this 
account for the Community Nutrient Management Facilities 
project and the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission 
Cooperative Agreement be provided to the Commission through the 
state NRCS office in a timely manner and in total, not in part, 
so that vital water projects in Georgia are not delayed. Of the 
funds provided for the Community Nutrient Management 
Facilities, $100,000 is for a contract with the Georgia Rural 
Water Association to continue the Lagoon Waste Management 
Demonstration program at agricultural and municipal sludge 
disposal facilities.
      The conference agreement provides $6,000,000 for the 
continued implementation of pilot projects for innovative 
technology systems resulting in a 75 percent reduction in 
nutrients of waste stream discharged by animal feeding 
operations to be managed by Farm Pilot Project Coordination, 
Inc. The Secretary is directed to release these funds after 
submitting a report to the Committees on Appropriations that a 
satisfactory cooperative agreement between the NRCS and Farm 
Pilot Project Coordination, Inc. has been consummated.
      The conference agreement provides $27,500,000 for the 
Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative. This is $4,188,000 more 
than the fiscal year 2005 level. The conferees expect the 
additional funds will be used to enhance efforts to manage and 
prevent the spread of invasive species. The conferees encourage 
the agency to make western range lands a priority when 
allocating funding.
      The conferees support the NRCS proposal to use 
Conservation Innovation Grants to support the goals of the 
Wildlife Habitat Management Institute.

                     WATERSHED SURVEYS AND PLANNING

      The conference agreement provides $6,083,000 for 
Watershed Surveys and Planning instead of $7,026,000 as 
proposed by the House and $5,141,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conferees direct that the Chief of the Natural 
Resources Conservation Service evaluate and rank efforts 
currently underway in order to fund and complete the most 
promising projects, based upon merit, and notify the Committees 
on Appropriations of the House and Senate on the selected 
watershed projects. In addition, the agency is directed not to 
initiate any new planning starts for projects not otherwise 
specifically provided for by this Act.

               WATERSHED AND FLOOD PREVENTION OPERATIONS

      The conference agreement provides $75,000,000 for 
Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations instead of 
$60,000,000 as proposed by the House and the Senate.
      The conferees include bill language which limits the 
amount spent on technical assistance to not more than 
$30,000,000.

                    WATERSHED REHABILITATION PROGRAM

      The conference agreement provides $31,561,000 for the 
Watershed Rehabilitation Program instead of $47,000,000 as 
proposed by the House and $27,313,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The conferees direct that funding under this program be 
provided for rehabilitation of structures determined to be of 
high priority need in order to protect property and ensure 
public safety.

                 RESOURCE CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT

      The conference agreement provides $51,300,000 for 
Resource Conservation and Development instead of $51,360,000 as 
proposed by the House and $51,228,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The conferees include bill language as proposed by the 
House that directs the Secretary to enter into an agreement 
with a national association related to the Resource 
Conservation and Development program, and directs that such an 
agreement must maintain the same matching, contribution 
requirements and funding set forth in previous agreements.
      The conferees also include bill language that limits 
funding for national headquarters activities as proposed by the 
House.
      The conference agreement restores this account, rather 
than accepting the budget proposal to defund the 189 Resource 
Conservation and Development (RC&D) Councils that have been in 
existence for twenty years or more. The conferees would expect 
any such budget proposal to be based on the effectiveness and 
performance of the Councils rather than on Council age. The 
conferees direct that NRCS work with the Councils to develop 
appropriate measures of effectiveness for both conservation and 
economic development.

                 TITLE III--RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

          Office of the Under Secretary for Rural Development

      The conference agreement provides $635,000 for the Office 
of the Under Secretary for Rural Development as proposed by the 
Senate instead of $627,000 as proposed by the House.
      The conferees direct the Under Secretary to give 
consideration to the following projects or organizations 
requesting financial and/or technical assistance, and grants 
and/or loans made available under the Rural Development mission 
area: Farm Counseling Project of Rural Services of Indiana 
(IN), to start a co-op; Northeast Texas (TX) Community College/
Hanson-Sewell Center, to build a community outreach center; 
Navajo Tribal Utility Authority-Crownpoint Chapter (NM); a 
water and waste water system for Franklin County (ID); a water 
and waste water system for Franklin City (ID); a water and 
waste system for Dayton City (ID); a water and waste system for 
Preston City (ID); a water and waste system for Weston City 
(ID); Tuscarora Township (MI), Indian River wastewater system; 
Hartselle (AL), water works environmental education; Orangeburg 
County (SC), Felderville Church Road water project; Decatur 
County (IA), Decatur County Development Corporation; Franklin 
Furnace (OH), sewer and road improvements; Assumption Parish 
(LA), water and waste water infrastructure; a water and waste 
system for Lodi (CA); Northeast Organic Farming Association of 
Vermont (VT), farmers market; Scottsville Streetscape Project 
(VA); and the Chautauqua County (KS) Rural Water District No. 
4.
      The conferees expect the Under Secretary to approve these 
projects only when such applications are judged to be 
meritorious when subject to established review procedures.
      The conferees are aware that the Department has 
previously provided funding for the National Rural Development 
Partnership (NRDP). The NRDP, and its associated State Rural 
Development Councils, facilitate interagency coordination and 
provide programmatic guidance for rural development at several 
levels. The State Rural Development Councils are uniquely 
positioned to support the work of the National Rural 
Development Coordinating Committee (NRDCC), which recently 
began operations. The conferees expect funds to be provided for 
the NRDP and State Rural Development Councils at a level 
comparable to fiscal year 2004. The Department is strongly 
encouraged to utilize funds outside of the Rural Development 
mission area and to solicit the participation of federal 
departments and agencies, nongovernmental organizations serving 
rural stakeholders, and State Rural Development Councils in 
support of the work of the NRDCC.

                  RURAL COMMUNITY ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM

      The conference agreement provides $701,941,000 for the 
Rural Community Advancement Program (RCAP) instead of 
$657,389,000 as proposed by the House and $705,106,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides $82,620,000 for rural 
community programs; $530,100,000 for rural utilities programs, 
of which $1,000,000 is for grants to nonprofit organizations to 
finance construction, refurbishing, and servicing of 
individually-owned household water well systems in rural areas, 
and of which $500,000 is for revolving funds for financing 
water and wastewater projects; and $89,221,000 is for rural 
business and cooperative development programs.
      The conference agreement provides $25,000,000 for loans 
and grants to benefit Federally Recognized Native American 
Tribes.
      The conference agreement provides $4,464,000 for 
community facilities grants to tribal colleges.
      The conference agreement provides $6,350,000 for the 
Rural Community Development Initiative.
      The conference agreement does not include in this 
account, $140,000 for a feasibility study for a cooperative 
sheep slaughter facility.
      The conference agreement provides $2,000,000 for grants 
to the Delta Regional Authority.
      The conference agreement provides $25,000,000 for rural 
and native villages in Alaska.
      The conference agreement provides $18,250,000 for 
technical assistance grants for rural water and waste systems, 
unless the Secretary makes a determination of extreme need.
      The conference agreement provides $5,600,000 for the 
Rural Community Assistance Programs and not less than $850,000 
shall be for a qualified national Native American organization 
to provide technical assistance for rural water systems for 
tribal communities.
      The conference agreement provides $13,750,000 for a 
circuit rider program.
      The conference agreement provides $18,000,000 for 
facilities in rural communities with extreme unemployment and 
severe economic depression.
      The conference agreement provides $26,000,000 to be 
transferred to the Rural Utilities Service, High Energy Cost 
Grants Account.
      The following table indicates the distribution of funding 
for the RCAP:

Community:
    Community facility loan subsidies...................     $10,806,000
    Community facility grants...........................      17,000,000
    Economic impact initiative grants...................      18,000,000
    High energy costs grants............................      26,000,000
    Rural community development initiative..............       6,350,000
    Tribal college grants...............................       4,464,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
        Subtotal, community.............................      82,620,000
Business:
    Business and industry guaranteed loan subsidies.....      44,221,000
    Rural business enterprise grants....................      40,000,000
    Rural business opportunity grants...................       3,000,000
    Delta regional authority............................       2,000,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
        Subtotal, business..............................      89,221,000
Utilities:
    Water and waste disposal direct loan subsidies......      69,100,000
    Water and waste disposal grants.....................     456,000,000
    Solid waste management grants.......................       3,500,000
    Well system grants..................................       1,000,000
    Water and wastewater revolving funds................         500,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
        Subtotal, utilities.............................     530,100,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
            Total, loan subsidies and grants............    $701,941,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
Directed spending:
    Federally Recognized Native American Tribes.........      25,000,000
    Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation.......         750,000
    Colonias............................................      25,000,000
    Alaska Villages.....................................      25,000,000
    Technical Assistance................................      18,250,000
    Circuit Rider.......................................      13,750,000
    EZ/EC and REAP......................................      21,367,000
    RCAP................................................       5,600,000

                Rural Development Salaries and Expenses

      The conference agreement provides $164,625,000 for Rural 
Development Salaries and Expenses instead of $152,623,000 as 
proposed by the House and $164,773,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The conference agreement provides an increase of 
$11,147,000 within the Rural Development Salaries and Expenses 
account to complete the consolidation of St. Louis Rural 
Development activities at the Goodfellow facility. Rural 
Development reported to the Committees on Appropriations on 
July 18, 2005, that this amount is based on revised numbers 
resulting from discussions between the General Services 
Administration and Rural Development to accomplish the move. 
The conferees request the Department to provide the Committees 
on Appropriations a report on the status of the consolidation 
within 60 days after enactment of this Act and quarterly 
thereafter.

                         Rural Housing Service

              RURAL HOUSING INSURANCE FUND PROGRAM ACCOUNT

      The conference agreement provides a total subsidy of 
$242,108,000 for activities under the Rural Housing Insurance 
Fund Program Account instead of $233,391,000 as proposed by the 
House and $228,983,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides for an estimated loan 
program level of $5,078,380,000 instead of $5,079,349,000 as 
proposed by the House and $4,927,581,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The conference agreement provides for a transfer of 
$454,809,000 to salaries and expenses instead of $455,242,000 
as proposed by the House and $465,886,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The conference agreement includes a provision authorizing 
housing funds initially allocated to Alaska to be available 
until September 30, 2007.
      The conference agreement includes bill language making 
the section 515 rental housing program available for repair, 
rehabilitation, and new construction.
      The conference agreement provides $9,000,000 to carry out 
a demonstration program for projects financed under the section 
515 program. The conferees intend that the Department assist 
section 515 owners in revitalizing and preserving the section 
515 portfolio through financial options provided in this 
demonstration and consistent with recommendations provided in 
the Comprehensive Property Assessment report released by the 
Department in 2004. The conferees expect that owners assisted 
under this demonstration program shall be required to maintain 
the housing assisted under this demonstration as affordable, as 
determined by the Secretary, for the remaining term of the 
original loan or the term of a restructured loan, whichever is 
longer.
      The conference agreement provides $1,000,000 for the 
Secretary to acquire the necessary automation and technical 
support needed to restructure section 515 mortgages. The 
conferees encourage the Secretary to contract with third 
parties with expertise in multifamily housing finance, mortgage 
restructuring, development, market analysis, management, 
finance, taxation and other requirements as determined by the 
Secretary.
      The following table indicates loan and subsidy levels 
provided in the conference agreement:

              Rural Housing Insurance Fund Program Account

Loan authorizations:
    Single family direct (sec. 502).....................($1,140,799,000)
    Single family unsubsidized guaranteed............... (3,681,033,000)
    Housing repair (sec. 504)...........................    (35,000,000)
    Rental housing (sec. 515)...........................   (100,000,000)
    Site development loans (sec. 524)...................     (5,000,000)
    Multi-family guarantees (sec. 538)..................   (100,000,000)
    Multi-family housing credit sales...................     (1,500,000)
    Single family housing credit sales..................    (10,000,000)
    Self help housing land development..................     (5,048,000)
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
        Total, Loan authorizations......................($5,078,380,000)
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
Loan subsidies:
    Single family direct (sec. 502).....................    $129,937,000
    Single family unsubsidized guaranteed...............      40,900,000
    Housing repair (sec. 504)...........................      10,238,000
    Rental housing (sec. 515)...........................      45,880,000
    Site development loans (sec. 524)...................              --
    Multi-family guarantees (sec. 538)..................       5,420,000
    Multi-family housing credit sales...................         681,000
    Single family housing credit sales..................              --
    Self help housing land development..................          52,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
        Subtotal, Loan subsidies........................     233,108,000
    Multi-family housing preservation...................       9,000,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
            Total, Loan subsidies.......................    $242,108,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
RHIF administration expenses (transfer to RD)...........    $454,809,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________

                       RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

      The conference agreement provides $653,102,000 for the 
Rental Assistance Program as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$650,026,000 as proposed by the House. Of this amount, the 
conference agreement includes up to $8,000,000 for debt 
forgiveness and payments to enhance preservation efforts and 
not to exceed $50,000 per project for advances to nonprofit 
organizations or public agencies to cover direct costs incurred 
in purchasing projects.
      The conference agreement provides additional funding 
above the budget request for debt forgiveness. The conference 
agreement also includes a provision that will deobligate the 
cost of rental assistance in section 515 projects that are 
subject to prepayment and reallocate these funds through a 
separate funding stream for the cost of the vouchers and debt 
forgiveness consistent with the requirements of this Act. These 
funds are in addition to funds otherwise provided for such 
activities in this Act.

                     RURAL HOUSING VOUCHER PROGRAM

      The conference agreement provides $16,000,000 for the 
Rural Housing Voucher Program as proposed by the Senate. The 
House did not provide funding for this program.
      The conference agreement provides adequate funding for 
vouchers as a safety net to prevent the displacement of low-
income rural tenants that currently reside in section 515 
projects that are subject to prepayment or foreclosure of their 
existing loans. The conference agreement does not alter 
prepayment restrictions or intend for vouchers to be used in a 
property that would not be eligible or able to prepay without 
the use of such voucher.

                  MUTUAL AND SELF-HELP HOUSING GRANTS

      The conference agreement provides $34,000,000 for Mutual 
and Self-Help Housing Grants as proposed by the House and 
Senate.

                    RURAL HOUSING ASSISTANCE GRANTS

      The conference agreement provides $43,976,000 for Rural 
Housing Assistance Grants as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$41,000,000 as proposed by the House.
      The conferees provide $2,976,000 for the preservation of 
the section 515 multi-family housing portfolio.

                       FARM LABOR PROGRAM ACCOUNT

      The conference agreement provides $31,168,000 for the 
Farm Labor Program Account instead of $32,728,000 as proposed 
by the House and $29,607,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides for an estimated loan 
program level of $38,502,000, $17,168,000 for loan subsidies, 
and $14,000,000 for grants.

                   Rural Business-Cooperative Service

              RURAL DEVELOPMENT LOAN FUND PROGRAM ACCOUNT

      The conference agreement provides an estimated loan 
program level of $34,212,000 with a subsidy of $14,718,000 for 
the Rural Development Loan Fund as proposed by the House and 
Senate.
      The conference agreement provides for a transfer of 
$4,793,000 to the Rural Development salaries and expense 
account instead of $4,719,000 as proposed by the House and 
$6,656,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement includes $3,449,000 for 
Mississippi Delta Region counties, of which up to $1,500,000 is 
for the Delta Regional Authority.

            RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT LOANS PROGRAM ACCOUNT

      The conference agreement provides an estimated loan 
program level of $25,003,000 with a subsidy of $4,993,000 for 
the Rural Economic Development Loans Program Account as 
proposed by the House and Senate.

                  RURAL COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

      The conference agreement provides $29,488,000 for Rural 
Cooperative Development Grants instead of $64,000,000 as 
proposed by the House and $24,988,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The conference agreement provides $20,500,000 for value-
added agricultural product market development grants.
      The conference agreement provides $1,488,000 for 
cooperatives or associations of cooperatives to assist minority 
producers.
      The conference agreement provides $500,000 for a 
cooperative research agreement with a qualified academic 
institution to conduct research on the national economic impact 
of all types of cooperatives.

       RURAL EMPOWERMENT ZONES AND ENTERPRISE COMMUNITIES GRANTS

      The conference agreement provides $11,200,000 for Rural 
Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities Grants instead of 
$10,000,000 as proposed by the House and $12,400,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      The conferees are concerned that rural empowerment zones, 
particularly zones selected because of outmigration, are having 
a difficult time successfully competing for USDA Rural 
Development program funds. This difficulty is occurring because 
many Rural Development programs fail to consider outmigration 
as a factor when awarding grants. Additional funding from 
competitive grant programs, which supplements funding Congress 
has set-aside for empowerment zones over the last several 
years, is essential for the advancement of economic development 
in these communities. The conferees strongly encourage the 
Department to consider outmigration when awarding competitive 
grants.
      The conferees further recognize that third round rural 
empowerment zones have not received funding at the same level 
as first and second round rural empowerment zones. The 
conferees believe that the competitive grant process is one way 
to address this disparity. The Department is strongly 
encouraged to give priority consideration to applications for 
Rural Development competitive grants from third round rural 
empowerment zones.

                        RENEWABLE ENERGY PROGRAM

      The conference agreement provides $23,000,000 for the 
Renewable Energy Program as proposed by the House and the 
Senate.

                        Rural Utilities Service

   RURAL ELECTRIFICATION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS LOANS PROGRAM ACCOUNT

      The conference agreement provides a total subsidy of 
$6,372,000 for activities under the Rural Electrification and 
Telecommunications Loans Program Account as proposed by the 
House and Senate. The conference agreement provides for an 
estimated loan program level of $6,094,000,000 instead of 
$4,994,000,000 as proposed by the House and $6,095,000,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides for a transfer of 
$38,784,000 to the Rural Development salaries and expenses 
account instead of $38,907,000 as proposed by the House and 
$39,933,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The following table indicates loan and subsidy levels 
provided in the conference agreement:

   Rural Electrification and Telecommunications Loans Program Account

Loan authorizations:
    Electric:
        Direct, 5 percent...............................  ($100,000,000)
        Direct, Muni....................................   (100,000,000)
        Direct, FFB..................................... (2,600,000,000)
        Direct, Treasury rate........................... (1,000,000,000)
        Guaranteed......................................   (100,000,000)
        Guaranteed underwriting......................... (1,500,000,000)
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
            Subtotal.................................... (5,400,000,000)
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
    Telecommunications:
        Direct, 5 percent...............................   (145,000,000)
        Direct, Treasury rate...........................   (424,000,000)
        Direct, FFB.....................................   (125,000,000)
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
        Subtotal........................................   (694,000,000)
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
              Total, loan authorizations................ (6,094,000,000)
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
Loan subsidies:
    Electric:
        Direct, 5 percent...............................         920,000
        Direct, Muni....................................       5,050,000
        Direct, Treasury rate...........................         100,000
        Guaranteed......................................          90,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
            Subtotal....................................       6,160,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
    Telecommunications:
        Direct, Treasury rate...........................         212,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
              Total, loan subsidies.....................       6,372,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
        RETLP administrative expenses (transfer to RD)..      38,784,000

                  RURAL TELEPHONE BANK PROGRAM ACCOUNT

      The conference agreement provides for a transfer of 
$2,500,000 to the Rural Development salaries and expenses 
account as proposed by the House and the Senate.

         DISTANCE LEARNING, TELEMEDICINE, AND BROADBAND PROGRAM

      The conference agreement provides for an estimated loan 
program level of $25,000,000 for distance learning and 
telemedicine and $500,000,000 for broadband telecommunications.
      The conference agreement includes $375,000 for distance 
learning and telemedicine loan subsidy and $30,000,000 for 
distance learning and telemedicine grants, of which $5,000,000 
is for public broadcasting system grants.
      The conference agreement includes $10,750,000 for 
broadband telecommunications loan subsidy, and $9,000,000 for 
broadband telecommunications grants.

                    TITLE IV--DOMESTIC FOOD PROGRAMS

Office of the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services

      The conference agreement provides $599,000 for the Office 
of the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer 
Services, as proposed by the House and the Senate.
      The conferees encourage the Agency to conduct a 
feasibility study, in consultation with WIC State agencies, to 
explore a common cost effective strategy to implement the cash 
value voucher for fruits and vegetables that may be adopted in 
response to recommendations outlined in the Institute of 
Medicine report on the food packages provided by the Special 
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children 
(WIC).

                       Food and Nutrition Service

                        CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAMS

      The conference agreement provides $12,660,829,000 for 
Child Nutrition Programs, instead of $12,412,027,000 as 
proposed by the House and $12,422,027,000 as proposed by the 
Senate. Included in the total is an appropriated amount of 
$7,473,208,000 and a transfer from section 32 of 
$5,187,621,000.
      The conferees are aware that USDA, through its Team 
Nutrition program, recently updated its dietary guidelines and 
published My Pyramid and My Pyramid for Kids, which are updates 
to the former food guide pyramids. The conferees are also aware 
that FNS is currently working to publicize these nutrition 
standards. The conferees encourage FNS to use all available 
resources to ensure that funding for Team Nutrition remains at 
a level which will allow it to effectively provide this 
important nutrition information to both adults and children.
      The conference agreement provides the following for Child 
Nutrition programs:

                      Total Obligational Authority

Child Nutrition Programs:
    School lunch program................................  $7,415,142,000
    School breakfast program............................   2,076,141,000
    Child and adult care food program...................   2,159,711,000
    Summer food service program.........................     300,226,000
    Special milk program................................      14,499,000
    State administrative expenses.......................     156,061,000
    Commodity procurement and computer support..........     522,732,000
    School meals initiative / Team nutrition............      10,025,000
    Food safety education...............................       1,000,000
    Coordinated review effort...........................       5,235,000
    Program pay cost....................................          57,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
        Total...........................................  12,660,829,000

SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION PROGRAM FOR WOMEN, INFANTS, AND CHILDREN 
                                 (WIC)

      The conference agreement provides $5,257,000,000 for the 
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and 
Children (WIC) as proposed by both the House and Senate.
      The conference agreement includes $15,000,000 for 
continuation of the breastfeeding peer counselor program. In 
addition, the conference agreement provides $20,000,000 for 
investments in management information systems, if the Secretary 
determines that those funds are not needed to maintain caseload 
and will not require use of the contingency fund.
      The conference agreement does not include language 
regarding adjunct eligibility restrictions.
      The conference agreement includes such sums as are 
necessary to restore the contingency reserve to $125,000,000, 
to be allocated as the Secretary deems necessary, as proposed 
by the Senate.

                           FOOD STAMP PROGRAM

      The conference agreement provides $40,711,395,000 for the 
Food Stamp Program, as proposed by the House and the Senate. 
Included in this amount is a reserve of $3,000,000,000, to 
remain available until September 30, 2007.
      The conference agreement includes $36,049,026,000 for 
program expenses, $1,522,369,000 for grants to Puerto Rico and 
Samoa, and $140,000,000 for commodity purchase for The 
Emergency Food Assistance Program.
      The conference agreement includes a provision allowing 
for purchase of bison meat, in an amount not less than 
$3,000,000, for the Food Distribution Program on Indian 
Reservations (FDPIR).
      The conference agreement includes statutory language to 
exclude special pay for military personnel deployed to 
designated combat areas when determining food stamp 
eligibility.

                      COMMODITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

      The conference agreement provides $179,366,000 for the 
Commodity Assistance Program instead of $178,797,000 as 
proposed by the House and $179,935,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The conference agreement provides $108,285,000 for the 
Commodity Supplemental Food Program. According to the USDA's 
latest estimates, approximately $6,020,000 in commodity 
inventory is expected to be available to CSFP in fiscal year 
2006, making the total available for the program approximately 
$114,305,000. The conferees strongly encourage USDA to make 
every effort to maintain the fiscal year 2005 caseload by 
making full use of CSFP inventory and carryover from preceding 
years, and to access all available resources from bonus 
commodity holdings and CCC stocks.
      The conferees provide $50,000,000 for administration--
processing, storage, transport, and distribution--of The 
Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The conference 
agreement includes a provision that provides the Secretary 
authority to transfer up to an additional $10,000,000 from 
TEFAP commodities for this purpose.
      The conference agreement includes $20,000,000 for the 
Farmers' Market Nutrition Program.
      The conferees note that $15,000,000 in funding is 
available for the Seniors Farmers' Market Nutrition Program in 
fiscal year 2006 through the Farm Security and Rural Investment 
Act of 2002.

                   NUTRITION PROGRAMS ADMINISTRATION

      The conference agreement provides $140,761,000 for 
Nutrition Programs Administration as proposed by the House and 
the Senate. The conference agreement does not include language 
regarding limitations on the amount specified for certain 
administrative activities.
      The conferees direct the Department to promptly publish 
interim final regulations regarding WIC vendor cost 
containment, as described in the legislative history of the 
Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act. The conferees also 
expect the Department to work with the WIC State agencies to 
implement the interim final regulations regarding vendor cost 
containment in accordance with the provisions set forth in 
section 17(h)(11)(G) of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966. In the 
event the WIC State agencies should fail to implement the 
interim final regulations before the enactment of this Act, the 
conferees have provided an extension of the moratorium on 
authorization of new `WIC-only' stores until implementation of 
the regulations by the WIC State agencies. This moratorium is 
not intended to restrict the transfer or relocation of existing 
`WIC-only' stores.

            TITLE V--FOREIGN ASSISTANCE AND RELATED PROGRAMS

                      Foreign Agricultural Service

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The conference agreement provides $147,901,000 for the 
Foreign Agricultural Service, Salaries and Expenses instead of 
$148,224,000 as proposed by the House and $147,868,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement includes the following 
increases: $1,788,000 for pay costs; $1,200,000 for ICASS; 
$4,000,000 to offset the increased costs in overseas wages and 
currency rates, of which $2,000,000 shall remain available 
until expended; $300,000 for increased FAS presence in Baghdad; 
$2,743,000 for the capital surcharge being levied by the State 
Department; and $200,000 for technical assistance for the 
promotion of specialty crop exports.
      The conference agreement provides $951,000 for 
administering Title I Food for Progress grant programs.

     PUBLIC LAW 480 TITLE I AND TITLE II PROGRAM AND GRANT ACCOUNTS

      The conference agreement provides $65,040,000 for Title I 
loan subsidies for a loan level of $74,032,000 as proposed by 
the House and the Senate.
      The conference agreement includes bill language providing 
that the Secretary of Agriculture may implement a commodity 
monetization program under existing provisions of the Food for 
Progress Act of 1985 to provide no less than $5,000,000 in 
local-currency funding support for rural electrification 
overseas as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides $11,940,000 for Ocean 
Freight Differential as proposed by the House and the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides $1,150,000,000 for 
international food assistance through PL 480 title II grants.
      The conferees take the responsibilities of meeting 
humanitarian needs very seriously, and given current budget 
constraints, this conference agreement provides the highest 
levels of funding possible for various international food 
assistance programs. Under this conference agreement, title II 
grants under PL 480, one of the primary international food 
assistance programs, are funded at a level $265,000,000 higher 
than the President's request. The conferees encourage the 
Executive Branch to restore, through future budget requests, 
funding levels for international food assistance under the 
jurisdiction of the appropriations subcommittees of the House 
and Senate which fund USDA programs, more closely in line with 
historic levels. The conferees further admonish the Executive 
Branch to refrain from proposals which place at risk a 
carefully balanced coalition of interests which have served the 
interests of international food assistance programs well for 
more than fifty years.
      The following table reflects the conference agreement for 
Public Law 480 program accounts:

                             Public Law 480

Title I--Program account:
    Loan authorization, direct..........................   ($74,032,000)
    Loan subsidies......................................      65,040,000
    Ocean freight differential..........................      11,940,000
Title II--Commodities for disposition abroad:
    Program level....................................... (1,150,000,000)
    Appropriation.......................................   1,150,000,000
Salaries and expenses:
    Foreign Agricultural Service (transfer).............         168,000
    Farm Service Agency (transfer)......................       3,217,000

       Commodity Credit Corporation Export Loans Program Account

      The conference agreement provides $5,279,000 for the 
Commodity Credit Corporation Export Loans Program Account as 
proposed by the House and the Senate.

  MCGOVERN-DOLE INTERNATIONAL FOOD FOR EDUCATION AND CHILD NUTRITION 
                             PROGRAM GRANTS

      The conference agreement provides $100,000,000 for the 
McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child 
Nutrition Program as proposed by the House and the Senate.

      TITLE VI--RELATED AGENCIES AND FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION

                DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

                      Food and Drug Administration

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The conference agreement provides total appropriations, 
including Prescription Drug User Fee Act, Medical Device User 
Fee Act, and Animal Drug User Fee Act collections, of 
$1,838,567,000 for the salaries and expenses of the Food and 
Drug Administration, instead of $1,837,928,000, as proposed by 
the House and $1,841,959,000 as proposed by the Senate, and 
provides specific amounts by FDA activity as reflected in the 
following table.

                               FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, SALARIES AND EXPENSES
                                            [In thousands of dollars]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                             Prescription    Medical
                    Program                        Budget      drug user   device user  Animal drug     Total
                                                 authority       fees          fees      user fees
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Foods.........................................      443,153  ............  ...........  ...........      443,153
Human Drugs...................................      300,723       219,841  ...........  ...........      520,564
Biologics.....................................      122,238        47,675        8,801  ...........      178,714
Animal Drugs and Feeds........................       90,486  ............  ...........        9,301       99,787
Medical Devices...............................      222,792  ............       22,978  ...........      245,770
National Center for Toxicological Research....       41,152  ............  ...........  ...........       41,152
Other Activities..............................       85,762        25,116        4,535          646      116,059
Rent and Rent-related Activities..............       57,732             0          783  ...........       58,515
Rental Payments to GSA........................      117,579        12,700        3,203        1,371      134,853
                                               -----------------------------------------------------------------
    Total Recommendation......................    1,481,617       305,332       40,300       11,318    1,838,567
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      The conference agreement also makes mammography user fees 
and export certification user fees available to the agency. The 
conference agreement includes bill language related to the 
White Oak consolidation, as proposed by the House, and does not 
contain a provision relating to Congressional testimony, as 
proposed by the House.
      Within the total funding for the Food and Drug 
Administration, the following increases above the fiscal year 
2005 level are provided: $10,000,000 for activities related to 
food safety and food defense; $7,827,000 for medical device 
review; $10,000,000 for drug safety activities; $884,000 for 
activities related to direct-to-consumer advertising; $750,000 
to support research with the Critical Path Institute; $200,000 
for agricultural product testing at the Physical Science 
Laboratory at New Mexico State University; $300,000 for the 
National Center for Natural Products Research; $4,128,000 for 
relocation expenses related to the move to the consolidated 
White Oak campus; and $4,100,000 in rent paid to GSA. The 
conference agreement assumes reductions of $1,554,000 in 
administrative efficiencies and $5,116,000 in IT reductions, as 
proposed in the request.
      The conference agreement provides $14,696,000 for Orphan 
Product grants, not less than $4,000,000 for the Office of 
Women's Health, and not less than $56,228,000 for the generic 
drug program.
      The conference agreement provides the $5,000,000 increase 
for the Office of Drug Safety as requested in the budget. In 
addition, the conference agreement provides an increase of 
$5,000,000 for drug safety activities within CDER. The 
conferees intend that these increases be used for FDA's highest 
priority drug safety needs that were not funded in fiscal year 
2005, such as hiring of additional scientists or the 
acquisition of databases to which FDA does not now have access 
to help track adverse drug events. The conferees direct FDA to 
provide a report to the Committees on Appropriations within 30 
days of enactment, setting forth its proposed use of these 
funds in detail, including an object class breakout for the 
$10,000,000 increase.
      The conference agreement provides no less than 
$29,556,000 for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), as 
requested. The conferees understand that this funding will 
support agency-wide BSE activities including conducting yearly 
inspections of all renderers and feed mills processing products 
containing prohibited materials, extending BSE inspections into 
targeted segments of industries subject to the BSE Feed 
regulation, validating test methods for the detection of 
bovine-derived proteins in animal feed, and continuing to 
conduct research on Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies 
in FDA's product centers.
      Within the food safety and defense increase, the 
conference agreement provides increases of $5,074,000 for food 
defense research, $3,926,000 for the Food Emergency Response 
Network, $500,000 for food defense bio-surveillance, and 
$500,000 to improve and increase import surveillance of food.
      The conferees have serious concerns regarding seafood 
safety issues posed by banned antibiotic contamination in farm-
raised shrimp imports. In addition, the conferees are concerned 
that the FDA inspects less than 2 percent of shrimp being 
imported into the United States. The conferees recommend that 
the FDA, in cooperation with any state testing programs, 
continue testing of farm-raised shrimp imports for 
chloramphenicol and other related harmful antibiotics.
      The conference agreement includes total funding of 
$5,360,000 for the CFSAN Adverse Events Reporting System, of 
which approximately $1,500,000 is for dietary supplements. This 
is $860,000 more than the amount in the budget request.
      The conference agreement fully funds the amount 
designated for influenza in the budget request. The conferees 
encourage the Administration to develop a comprehensive 
response plan for dealing with potential human-to-human 
transmission of avian influenza, including the availability of 
vaccine and treatment. The conferees direct the agency to 
provide regular updates to the Committees on its involvement in 
influenza preparedness activities. Further, the conferees 
expect the Administration to provide a supplemental request 
should the need for additional influenza funding arise.
      The conferees support the work of the National 
Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) and its 
collaborative relationship between FDA, USDA, and the Centers 
for Disease Control. The conferees expect the coordination of 
activities among these three areas of government to result in 
the most unbiased presentation of timely, accurate data in the 
best interest of public health, and encourage FDA to equally 
divide research funding among the three branches of the 
program. Further, the conferees direct that FDA perform a 
review of all components of the NARMS program to analyze the 
program's scientific soundness and relevance to public health, 
the criteria utilized to evaluate the program, the transparency 
of the program, opportunities for public input, and report the 
result to the Committees.
      The conference agreement provides an increase of $300,000 
to enhance the collaboration between FDA and the National 
Center for Natural Products Research and allow increased 
participation by FDA staff in the research on botanicals and 
dietary supplements being conducted at the National Center for 
Natural Products Research in Oxford, MS.
      The conference agreement includes no more than 
$13,026,357 for the Unified Financial Management System (UFMS). 
Of this amount, $9,720,374 is for development and 
implementation, and $3,305,953 is for operations and 
maintenance of UFMS. The conferees note that FDA has spent in 
excess of the amount expressly appropriated for UFMS in 
previous fiscal years, and direct FDA to provide quarterly 
reports on spending for this system to ensure this does not 
continue.
      The conference agreement does not include funding for a 
foods research center or a pilot program for compounded drug 
monographs or directed inspection funding, as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The conferees are aware of concerns about the regulation 
of imports of ethnic foods in the Los Angeles district. 
Concerns include the issues of communication to importers about 
shipments being held by FDA, the amount of time that shipments 
are held, and proper declaration of products. The conferees 
understand that in 2004 FDA's Los Angeles District implemented 
new operating procedures and held a public meeting on these 
issues. Since two years have elapsed, the conferees suggest 
that FDA now review the performance of the program and solicit 
input from the import community.
      The conferees note that FDA may use available funds to 
support review and action on new drug applications and 
supplements seeking approval for replacement or alternative 
abuse-resistant formulations of currently-available drug 
products that include an active ingredient that is a listed 
chemical under the Controlled Substances Act. Further, it is 
the understanding of the conferees that these applications may 
be considered under the expedited, priority review process at 
FDA.
      The conferees are aware that the FDA issued a monograph 
for sunscreen products in 2002, and the monograph was stayed 
shortly thereafter so that FDA could address the issue of 
measuring protection against UVA rays, which cause skin cancer. 
Since that time, no further official action has been taken by 
the FDA, although skin cancer rates continue to rise, 
especially among young persons and women. The conferees believe 
that a comprehensive monograph would be useful to consumers. 
Therefore, the conferees direct FDA to issue a comprehensive 
final monograph for over-the-counter sunscreen products, 
including UVA and UVB labeling requirements, within six months 
of enactment of this Act.
      The conferees do not include language in the House bill 
that withheld five percent of the funds provided to FDA's 
central offices pending a public hearing with the agency head 
on the fiscal year 2006 budget, because this requirement was 
satisfied by former Commissioner Crawford's testimony before 
the House subcommittee in July. However, the conferees expect 
the head of the agency to testify before the House and Senate 
subcommittees on the fiscal year 2007 budget during the regular 
course of budget hearings.
      The conferees appreciate the detailed information 
provided in the budget justification prepared by the Food and 
Drug Administration and rely heavily on this information when 
considering budget proposals. These materials have 
traditionally been prepared for the sole use of the Committees 
on Appropriations in a format consistent with the structure of 
the Appropriations Act. The account organization in the fiscal 
year 2006 budget request does not present information in a 
format that is useful to the Committees. Therefore, the 
conferees do not approve the proposed restructuring of FDA's 
budget for the field activities, rent activities, and other 
activities accounts. The conferees direct the Agency to submit 
the fiscal year 2007 budget request in a format that follows 
the same account structure as the fiscal year 2005 budget 
request unless otherwise approved by the Committees.
      The conferees direct the Department of Health and Human 
Services (HHS) to include all anticipated consolidations that 
impact FDA in the FDA budget request submitted to Congress. 
Further, the conferees direct that none of the funds made 
available to FDA in this Act be used for any assessments, fee, 
or charges by HHS unless such assessments, fees, or charges are 
identified in the FDA budget justification and expressly 
provided by Congress, or approved by Congress in the official 
reprogramming process as required in the General Provisions of 
this Act. The conferees further direct HHS to include in the 
fiscal year 2007 budget submission all sources of funding 
projected to be received by FDA from all other federal agencies 
in fiscal years 2006 and 2007, by agency, with a brief 
description of the reason for which the funds are to be 
provided to FDA.
      In its fiscal year 2006 budget, FDA requested 
$146,213,000 for ``research, development and evaluation'' 
(RD&E) activities. This amounts to about 10 percent of the 
agency's discretionary request. FDA provided only general 
descriptions of its planned RD&E activities within the context 
of its strategic plan, without specifying the dollars 
requested, and provided only total proposed expenditures for 
each ``research theme.'' The conferees direct FDA to provide 
the same level of budget justification for its research 
activities in the fiscal year 2007 budget as it does other 
activities, including a justification of both base spending and 
any proposed increases by activity within center or office.
      The conference agreement provides $750,000 to support 
collaborative research with the C-Path Institute and the 
University of Utah on cardiovascular biomarkers predictive of 
safety and clinical outcomes. The conferees understand the 
research would involve identifying candidate genes and proteins 
in University of Utah databases, designing and conducting 
genomic and proteomic biomarker validation experiments by the 
C-Path Institute, the University of Utah, FDA and 
manufacturers, determining which biomarkers identify heart 
failure patients who are most likely to respond favorably to 
drug therapy and those at highest risk of adverse events.
      The conferees remain concerned about the legal and 
regulatory issues relating to approval of drugs as both 
prescription and over the counter products, and urge FDA to 
expedite rulemaking on this topic.

                        BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES

      The conference agreement provides $8,000,000 for the Food 
and Drug Administration Buildings and Facilities instead of 
$5,000,000 as proposed by the House and $7,000,000 as proposed 
by the Senate. Of the total, $4,000,000 is for the repair and 
improvement of existing buildings and facilities, and 
$4,000,000 is to complete the final phase of the Arkansas 
Regional Laboratory.

                          INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

                  Commodity Futures Trading Commission

      The conference agreement provides $98,386,000 for the 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission as proposed by the House 
and the Senate. This is an increase of $4,814,000 over the 
fiscal year 2005 level.

                       Farm Credit Administration

                 LIMITATION ON ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES

      The conference agreement includes a limitation of 
$44,250,000 on administrative expenses of the Farm Credit 
Administration (FCA), as proposed by the House and the Senate.
      The conference agreement does not include language 
allowing some expenses associated with terminations to exceed 
the limitation, as proposed by the Senate.

                     TITLE VII--GENERAL PROVISIONS

             (INCLUDING RESCISSIONS AND TRANSFERS OF FUNDS)

      Section 704.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding appropriation items, which shall remain available 
until expended.
      Section 705.--The conference agreement includes language 
that allows for unobligated balances to be transferred to the 
Working Capital Fund.
      Section 709.--The conference agreement limits indirect 
costs for grants awarded by the Cooperative State Research, 
Education, and Extension Service to 20 percent.
      Section 712.--The conference agreement includes language 
for funds to cover necessary expenses related to advisory 
committees.
      Section 715.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the appropriations hearing process.
      Section 716.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the transfer of funds to the Office of the Chief 
Information Officer and information technology funding 
obligations.
      Section 717.--The conference agreement provides language 
regarding the reprogramming of funds.
      Section 718.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food 
Systems.
      Section 723.--The conference agreement includes language 
that provides funding for the National Sheep Industry 
Improvement Center.
      Section 724.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding conducting an evaluation of the impact of a court 
decision.
      Section 725.--The conference agreement directs the 
Secretary to make commodity tonnage available, to the extent 
practicable, to assist foreign countries to mitigate the 
effects of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune 
Deficiency Syndrome.
      Section 726.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding Natural Resources Conservation Service financial and 
technical assistance for certain projects in Illinois, Ohio, 
Arkansas, Alaska, Missouri, Hawaii, Iowa, and Utah.
      Section 729.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Dam Rehabilitation Program.
      Section 730.--The conference agreement includes language 
to prohibit funds from being used to close or relocate the Food 
and Drug Administration Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis.
      Section 731.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Rural Strategic Investment Program.
      Section 732.--The conference agreement allows unobligated 
balances within the Department of Agriculture to be used to 
reimburse the Office of the General Counsel for certain 
services provided.
      Section 733.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Rural Firefighters and Emergency Personnel Grant 
Program.
      Section 734.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Wetlands Reserve Program.
      Section 735.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.
      Section 736.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the renewable energy program.
      Section 737.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the broadband telecommunications program.
      Section 738.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust Act.
      Section 739.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the value-added market development program.
      Section 741.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Conservation Security Program.
      Section 742.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program.
      Section 743.--The conference agreement includes language 
that rescinds certain unobligated balances.
      Section 744.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Farmland Protection Program.
      Section 745.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Rural Business Investment Program.
      Section 746.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding Public Law 105-264.
      Section 747.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the ground and surface water conservation program.
      Section 748.--The conference agreement includes language 
related to final rulemaking on APHIS cost-sharing.
      Section 749.--The conference agreement gives the 
Secretary of Agriculture the authority to enter into 
cooperative agreements to lease aircraft.
      Section 750.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Bioenergy Program.
      Section 751.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the use of discretionary funds for certain purposes.
      Section 752.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the availability of funds for certain conservation 
programs.
      Section 753.--The conference agreement provides funding 
for the Denali Commission.
      Section 754.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding eligibility for certain rural development programs.
      Section 755.--The conference agreement includes funds for 
a certain grant.
      Section 756.--The conference agreement includes a 
provision to allow Community Facility Program borrowers to 
enter into contracts with third parties for necessary services.
      Section 757.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Agricultural Management Assistance program.
      Section 758.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Emergency Watershed Protection Program.
      Section 759.--The conference agreement includes language 
that limits the Biomass Research and Development Program.
      Section 760.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding eligibility for the Conservation Reserve Program for 
land planted in hardwood trees, and previously enrolled in the 
program, to remain enrolled.
      Section 761.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the disposal of certain federal facilities in 
Phoenix, AZ.
      Section 762.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the recertification of rural status.
      Section 763.--The conference agreement includes language 
allowing use of unobligated balances in certain accounts within 
the Rural Utilities Service for the purposes of section 315 of 
the Rural Electrification Act of 1936.
      Section 764.--The conference agreement includes funds for 
a certain grant.
      Section 765.--The conference agreement includes language 
that provides that certain locations shall be considered 
eligible for certain rural development programs.
      Section 766.--The conference agreement includes funds for 
a certain grant.
      Section 767.--The conference agreement includes funds for 
a certain grant.
      Section 768.--The conference agreement includes language 
that provides that certain locations shall be considered 
eligible for certain rural development programs.
      Section 769.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding Child and Adult Care Food Program audit funds.
      Section 770.--The conference agreement includes language 
in regard to the City of Elkhart, Kansas.
      Section 771.--The conference agreement includes language 
to provide funding for the Healthy Forests Reserve program.
      Section 772.--The conference agreement includes language 
that relates to government sponsored news stories.
      Section 773.--The conference agreement includes funding 
for a specialty crops competitiveness program.
      Section 774.--The conference agreement includes language 
in regard to the Federal Financing Bank.
      Section 775.--The conference agreement includes language 
in regard to law enforcement at the National Center for 
Toxicological Research and the Arkansas Regional Laboratory.
      Section 776.--The conference agreement includes a 
technical correction regarding the Child Nutrition Act.
      Section 777.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Summer Food Service Program.
      Section 778.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Rural Telephone Bank.
      Section 779.--The conference agreement includes language 
in regard to the Fruit and Vegetable Pilot Program.
      Section 780.--The conference agreement includes language 
amending the Federal Crop Insurance Act.
      Section 781.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board.
      Section 782.--The conference agreement includes language 
renaming the South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station.
      Section 783.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the conveyance of certain federal facilities in 
Phoenix, AZ.
      Section 784.--The conference agreement includes language 
amending the Agricultural Act of 1949.
      Section 785.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the availability of funding for Conservation 
Operations.
      Section 786.--The conference agreement includes language 
related to competitive sourcing of rural development or farm 
loan programs.
      Section 787.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding WIC-only vendors.
      Section 788.--The conference agreement includes language 
that rescinds certain unobligated balances.
      Section 789.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Rural Housing for Domestic Farm Labor Program.
      Section 790.--The conference agreement includes funds for 
certain grants.
      Section 791.--The conference agreement includes language 
in regard to a demonstration intermediate relending program.
      Section 792.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding country of origin labeling.
      Section 793.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Federal Crop Insurance Act.
      Section 794.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding inspection activities under the Federal Meat 
Inspection Act or the Federal Agriculture Improvement and 
Reform Act of 1966.
      It is the understanding of the conferees that the 
Department is obliged under existing statutes to provide for 
the inspection of meat intended for human consumption (domestic 
and exported). The conferees recognize that the funding 
limitation in Section 794 prohibits the use of appropriated 
funds only for payment of salaries or expenses of personnel to 
inspect horses.
      Section 795.--The conference agreement includes language 
in regard to Food and Drug Administration waivers of a 
financial conflict of interest.
      Section 796.--The conference agreement includes language 
amending the Immigration and Nationality Act.
      Section 797.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding provisions of the Organic Foods Product Act.
      Section 798.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding the Federal Meat Inspection Act.
      Section 799.--The conference agreement makes technical 
corrections to the Department of the Interior, Environment, and 
Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006. The corrections for 
the Department of the Interior involve the amounts appropriated 
for construction and land acquisition by the National Park 
Service and for departmental management. There is also a 
correction dealing with the construction of the Blue Ridge 
Parkway Regional Destination Visitor Center. In the 
Environmental Protection Agency, there are technical 
corrections for two State and Tribal Assistance Grants projects 
and for language associated with the rescission of funds from 
various EPA accounts. In the Forest Service, there is a 
correction to language dealing with a land acquisition in the 
Thunder Mountain area of the Payette National Forest, ID. In 
Title IV--General Provisions, there is a correction to the name 
of the Gaylord A. Nelson Wilderness.

                   Conference Total--With Comparisons

      The total new budget (obligational) authority for the 
fiscal year 2006 recommended by the Committee of Conference, 
with comparisons to the fiscal year 2005 amount, the 2006 
budget estimates, and the House and Senate bills for 2006 
follow:

                        [In thousands of dollars]

New budget (obligational) authority, fiscal year 2005...     $89,439,376
Budget estimates of new (obligational) authority, fiscal 
    year 2006...........................................     100,132,911
House bill, fiscal year 2006............................     100,321,593
Senate bill, fiscal year 2006...........................     100,722,949
Conference agreement, fiscal year 2006..................     100,981,758
Conference agreement compared with:
    New budget (obligational) authority, fiscal year 
      2005..............................................     +11,542,382
    Budget estimates of new (obligational) authority, 
      fiscal year 2006..................................        +848,847
    House bill, fiscal year 2006........................        +660,165
    Senate bill, fiscal year 2006.......................        +258,809

                                   Henry Bonilla,
                                   Jack Kingston,
                                   Tom Latham,
                                   Jo Ann Emerson,
                                   Virgil H. Goode, Jr.,
                                   Ray LaHood,
                                   John T. Doolittle,
                                   Rodney Alexander,
                                   Jerry Lewis,
                                 Managers on the Part of the House.

                                   R.F. Bennett,
                                   Thad Cochran,
                                   Arlen Specter,
                                   Chris Bond,
                                   Mitch McConnell,
                                   Ted Stevens,
                                   Herb Kohl,
                                   Dianne Feinstein,
                                   Richard Durbin,
                                   Mary Landrieu,
                                   Robert C. Byrd,
                                Managers on the Part of the Senate.