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107th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    107-275

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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, 2002, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
                                _______
                                

                November 9, 2001.--Ordered to be printed

                                _______
                                

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

                           CONFERENCE REPORT

                        [To accompany H.R. 2330]

      The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of 
the two Houses on the amendment of the Senate to the bill (H.R. 
2330) ``making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural 
Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies 
programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2002, 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, 
2002, 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, and not to exceed $75,000 for employment under 5 
U.S.C. 3109, $2,992,000: 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: Provided further, That none of the 
funds appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act may 
be used to pay the salaries and expenses of personnel of the 
Department of Agriculture to carry out section 793(c)(1)(C) of 
Public Law 104-127: Provided further, That none of the funds 
made available by this Act may be used to enforce section 
793(d) of Public Law 104-127.

                          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), and including 
employment pursuant to the second sentence ofsection 706(a) of 
the Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 2225), of which not to exceed $5,000 
is for employment under 5 U.S.C. 3109, $7,704,000.


                       national appeals division


    For necessary expenses of the National Appeals Division, 
including employment pursuant to the second sentence of section 
706(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 2225), of which not 
to exceed $25,000 is for employment under 5 U.S.C. 3109, 
$12,869,000.


                 office of budget and program analysis


    For necessary expenses of the Office of Budget and Program 
Analysis, including employment pursuant to the second sentence 
of section 706(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 2225), 
of which not to exceed $5,000 is for employment under 5 U.S.C. 
3109, $7,041,000.

                Office of the Chief Information Officer

    For necessary expenses of the Office of the Chief 
Information Officer, including employment pursuant to the 
second sentence of section 706(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 (7 
U.S.C. 2225), of which not to exceed $10,000 is for employment 
under 5 U.S.C. 3109, $10,029,000.


                      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, $59,369,000, 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.

                 Office of the Chief Financial Officer

    For necessary expenses of the Office of the Chief Financial 
Officer, including employment pursuant to the second sentence 
of section 706(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 2225), 
of which not to exceed $10,000 is for employment under 5 U.S.C. 
3109, $5,384,000: Provided, That the Chief Financial Officer 
shall actively market and expand cross-servicing activities of 
the National Finance Center.

          Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration

    For necessary salaries and expenses of the Office of the 
Assistant Secretary for Administration to carry out the 
programs funded by this Act, $647,000.

        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, 
$187,647,000, to remain available until expended: Provided, 
That the Secretary of Agriculture may transfer a share of that 
agency's appropriation made available by this Act to this 
appropriation, or may transfer a share of this appropriation to 
that agency's appropriation to cover the costs of new or 
replacement space for such agency, but such transfers shall not 
exceed 5 percent of the funds made available for space rental 
and related costs to or from this account.

                     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., $15,665,000, 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, $37,079,000, to provide 
for necessary expenses for management support services to 
offices of the Department and for general administration and 
disaster management of the Department, repairs and alterations, 
and other miscellaneous supplies and expenses not otherwise 
provided for and necessary for the practical and efficient work 
of the Department, including employment pursuant to the second 
sentence of section 706(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 
2225), of which not to exceed $10,000 is for employment under 5 
U.S.C. 3109: 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.


              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), $3,243,000, to remain available until expended.

     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, $3,718,000: 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 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, $8,894,000, including employment pursuant to 
the second sentence of section 706(a) of the Organic Act of 
1944 (7 U.S.C. 2225), of which not to exceed $10,000 shall be 
available for employment under 5 U.S.C. 3109, and 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 second sentence 
of section 706(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 2225), 
and the Inspector General Act of 1978, $70,839,000, 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, 
including not to exceed $50,000 for employment under 5 U.S.C. 
3109; 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, $32,627,000.

  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, $573,000.

                       Economic Research Service

    For necessary expenses of the Economic Research Service in 
conducting economic research and analysis, as authorized by the 
Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621-1627) and 
other laws, $67,200,000: Provided, That this appropriation 
shall be available for employment pursuant to the second 
sentence of section 706(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 
2225).

                National Agricultural Statistics Service

    For necessary expenses of the National Agricultural 
Statistics Service in conducting statistical reporting and 
service work, including crop and livestock estimates, 
statistical coordination and improvements, marketing surveys, 
and the Census of Agriculture, as authorized by 7 U.S.C. 1621-
1627, Public Law 105-113, and other laws, $113,786,000, of 
which up to $25,350,000 shall be available until expended for 
the Census of Agriculture: Provided, That this appropriation 
shall be available for employment pursuant to the second 
sentence of section 706(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 
2225), and not to exceed $40,000 shall be available for 
employment under 5 U.S.C. 3109.

                     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, $979,464,000: Provided, 
That appropriations hereunder shall be available for temporary 
employment pursuant to the second sentence of section 706(a) of 
the Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 2225), and not to exceed 
$115,000 shall be available for employment under 5 U.S.C. 3109: 
Provided further, 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, including an easement to the University of 
Maryland to construct the Transgenic Animal Facility which upon 
completionshall be accepted by the Secretary as a gift: 
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 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.
    None of the funds in the foregoing paragraph shall be 
available to carry out research related to the production, 
processing or marketing of tobacco or tobacco products.
    In fiscal year 2002, the agency is authorized to charge 
fees, commensurate with the fair market value, for any permit, 
easement, lease, or other special use authorization for the 
occupancy or use of land and facilities (including land and 
facilities at the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center) 
issued by the agency, as authorized by law, and such fees shall 
be credited to this account, and shall remain available until 
expended for authorized purposes.


                        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, $118,987,000, to remain available until expended (7 
U.S.C. 2209b): Provided, That funds may be received from any 
State, other political subdivision, organization, or individual 
for the purpose of establishing any research facility of the 
Agricultural Research Service, as authorized by law.

      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, $542,062,000, as follows: to carry out the 
provisions of the Hatch Act (7 U.S.C. 361a-i), $180,148,000; 
for grants for cooperative forestry research (16 U.S.C. 582a-
a7), $21,884,000; for payments to the 1890 land-grant colleges, 
including Tuskegee University (7 U.S.C. 3222), $34,604,000, 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)), $97,008,000; for special grants for 
agricultural research on improved pest control (7 U.S.C. 
450i(c)), $15,206,000; for competitive research grants (7 
U.S.C. 450i(b)), $120,452,000; for the support of animal health 
and disease programs (7 U.S.C. 3195), $5,098,000; for 
supplemental and alternative crops and products (7 U.S.C. 
3319d), $924,000; for grants for research pursuant to the 
Critical Agricultural Materials Act of 1984 (7 U.S.C. 178) and 
section 1472 of the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 
3318), $720,000, to remain available until expended; for the 
1994 research program (7 U.S.C. 301 note), $998,000, to remain 
available until expended; for higher education graduate 
fellowship grants (7 U.S.C. 3152(b)(6)), $2,993,000, to remain 
available until expended (7 U.S.C. 2209b); for higher education 
challenge grants (7 U.S.C. 3152(b)(1)), $4,340,000; 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), $3,492,000; 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, $2,997,000; 
for a secondary agriculture education program and 2-year post-
secondary education (7 U.S.C. 3152(h)), $1,000,000; for 
aquaculture grants (7 U.S.C. 3322), $3,996,000; for sustainable 
agriculture research and education (7 U.S.C. 5811), 
$12,500,000; 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, $9,479,000, 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, $1,549,000; and for necessary expenses of Research and 
Education Activities, of which not to exceed $100,000 shall be 
for employment under 5 U.S.C. 3109, $21,676,000.
    None of the funds in the foregoing paragraph shall be 
available to carry out research related to the production, 
processing or marketing of tobacco or tobacco products: 
Provided, 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), 
$7,100,000.


                          extension activities


    For payments to States, the District of Columbia, Puerto 
Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, 
and American Samoa, $439,473,000, as follows: payments for 
cooperative extension work underthe 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 and for costs of penalty mail for 
cooperative extension agents and State extension directors, 
$275,940,000, of which $3,600,000 may be used to carry out Public Law 
107-19; 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, $58,566,000; payments for the pest management 
program under section 3(d) of the Act, $10,759,000; payments for the 
farm safety program under section 3(d) of the Act, $5,250,000; payments 
to upgrade research, extension, and teaching facilities at the 1890 
land-grant colleges, including Tuskegee University, as authorized by 
section 1447 of Public Law 95-113 (7 U.S.C. 3222b), $13,500,000, to 
remain available until expended; payments for the rural development 
centers under section 3(d) of the Act, $953,000; payments for youth-at-
risk programs under section 3(d) of the Act, $8,481,000; for youth farm 
safety education and certification extension grants, to be awarded 
competitively under section 3(d) of the Act, $499,000; payments for 
carrying out the provisions of the Renewable Resources Extension Act of 
1978, $4,093,000; payments for Indian reservation agents under section 
3(d) of the Act, $1,996,000; payments for sustainable agriculture 
programs under section 3(d) of the Act, $4,750,000; payments for rural 
health and safety education as authorized by section 2390 of Public Law 
101-624 (7 U.S.C. 2661 note, 2662), $2,622,000; 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, $31,181,000, 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; and for Federal administration and coordination 
including administration of the Smith-Lever Act, and the Act of 
September 29, 1977 (7 U.S.C. 341-349), and section 1361(c) of the Act 
of October 3, 1980 (7 U.S.C. 301 note), and to coordinate and provide 
program leadership for the extension work of the Department and the 
several States and insular possessions, $17,610,000: Provided, That 
funds hereby appropriated pursuant to section 3(c) of the Act of June 
26, 1953, and section 506 of the Act of June 23, 1972, shall not be 
paid to any State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the 
Virgin Islands, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, and American Samoa prior 
to availability of an equal sum from non-Federal sources for 
expenditure during the current fiscal year.


                         integrated activities


    For the integrated research, education, and extension 
competitive grants programs, including necessary administrative 
expenses, as authorized under section 406 of the Agricultural 
Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 
7626), $42,853,000, as follows: payments for the water quality 
program, $12,971,000; payments for the food safety program, 
$14,967,000; payments for the national agriculture pesticide 
impact assessment program, $4,531,000; payments for the Food 
Quality Protection Act risk mitigation program for major food 
crop systems, $4,889,000; payments for the crops affected by 
Food Quality Protection Act implementation, $1,497,000; 
payments for the methyl bromide transition program, $2,498,000; 
and payments for the organic transition program, $1,500,000.

  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 GrainInspection, 
Packers and Stockyards Administration; $654,000.

               Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service


                         salaries and expenses


                     (including transfers of funds)


    For expenses, not otherwise provided for, including those 
pursuant to the Act of February 28, 1947 (21 U.S.C. 114b-c), 
necessary to prevent, control, and eradicate pests and plant 
and animal diseases; to carry out inspection, quarantine, and 
regulatory activities; to discharge the authorities of the 
Secretary of Agriculture under the Acts of March 2, 1931 (46 
Stat. 1468) and December 22, 1987 (101 Stat. 1329-1331) (7 
U.S.C. 426-426c); and to protect the environment, as authorized 
by law, $620,490,000, of which $4,096,000 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 
$77,355,000 shall be used for the boll weevil eradication 
program for cost share purposes or for debt retirement for 
active eradication zones: 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 field 
employment pursuant to the second sentence of section 706(a) of 
the Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 2225), and not to exceed 
$40,000 shall be available for employment under 5 U.S.C. 3109: 
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 the Act of February 28, 1947, and section 102 
of the Act of September 21, 1944, 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 2002, 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.
    Of the total amount available under this heading in fiscal 
year 2002, $84,813,000 shall be derived from user fees 
deposited in the Agricultural Quarantine Inspection User Fee 
Account.


                        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, $7,189,000, 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, 
including field employment pursuant to the second sentence of 
section 706(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 2225) and 
not to exceed $90,000 for employment under 5 U.S.C. 3109, 
$71,430,000, 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 $60,596,000 (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, 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 $13,995,000 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)), $1,347,000.

        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, including field employment pursuant to the second 
sentence of section 706(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 
2225), and not to exceed $25,000 for employment under 5 U.S.C. 
3109, $33,117,000: 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, 
$476,000.

                   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), $715,642,000, of which no less than 
$608,730,000 shall be available for Federal food 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 1017 of Public Law 102-237: Provided, 
That this appropriation shall be available for field employment 
pursuant to the second sentence of section 706(a) of the 
Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 2225), and not to exceed $75,000 
shall be available for employment under 5 U.S.C. 3109: 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, $606,000.

                          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, $939,030,000: 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 these funds shall be 
available for employment pursuant to the second sentence of 
section 706(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 2225), and 
not to exceed $1,000,000 shall be available for employment 
under 5 U.S.C. 3109.


                         state mediation grants


    For grants pursuant to section 502(b) of the Agricultural 
Credit Act of 1987 (7 U.S.C. 5101-5106), $3,493,000.


                        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 loans as authorized by 7 U.S.C. 1928-1929, to be 
available from funds in the Agricultural Credit Insurance Fund, 
as follows: farm ownership loans, $1,146,996,000, of which 
$1,000,000,000 shall be for guaranteed loans and $146,996,000 
shall be for direct loans; operating loans, $2,616,729,000, of 
which $1,500,000,000 shall be for unsubsidized guaranteed 
loans, $505,531,000 shall be for subsidized guaranteed loans 
and $611,198,000 shall be for direct loans; Indian tribe land 
acquisition loans as authorized by 25 U.S.C. 488, $2,000,000; 
for emergency insured loans, $25,000,000 to meet the needs 
resulting from natural disasters; and for boll weevil 
eradication program loans as authorized by 7 U.S.C. 1989, 
$100,000,000.
    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, $8,366,000, of which $4,500,000 shall be for guaranteed 
loans; operating loans, $175,780,000, of which $52,650,000 
shall be for unsubsidized guaranteed loans and $68,550,000 
shall be for subsidized guaranteed loans; Indian tribe land 
acquisition loans as authorized by 25 U.S.C. 488, $118,400; and 
for emergency insured loans, $3,362,500 to meet the needs 
resulting from natural disasters.
    In addition, for administrative expenses necessary to carry 
out the direct and guaranteed loan programs, $280,595,000, of 
which $272,595,000 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 
the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (7 
U.S.C. 6933), $74,752,000: Provided, That not to exceed $700 
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, such sums as may be necessary, to remain 
available until expended (7 U.S.C. 2209b).

                   Commodity Credit Corporation Fund


                 reimbursement for net realized losses


    For fiscal year 2002, 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).


       operations and maintenance for hazardous waste management


                        (limitation on expenses)


    For fiscal year 2002, 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, 
$730,000.

                 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, 
$779,000,000, to remain available until expended (7 U.S.C. 
2209b), of which not less than $8,515,000 is for snow survey 
and water forecasting, and not less than $9,849,000 is for 
operation and establishment of the plant materials centers, and 
of which not less than $21,500,000 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 this 
appropriation shall be available for employment pursuant to the 
second sentence of section 706(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 (7 
U.S.C. 2225), and not to exceed $25,000 shall be available for 
employment under 5 U.S.C. 3109: Provided further, That 
qualified local engineers may be temporarily employedat per 
diem rates to perform the technical planning work of the Service (16 
U.S.C. 590e-2).


                     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 approved 
August 4, 1954 (16 U.S.C. 1001-1009), $10,960,000: Provided, 
That this appropriation shall be available for employment 
pursuant to the second sentence of section 706(a) of the 
Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 2225), and not to exceed $110,000 
shall be available for employment under 5 U.S.C. 3109.


               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 approved August 4, 1954 (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, $106,590,000, to remain 
available until expended (7 U.S.C. 2209b) (of which up to 
$15,000,000 may be available for the watersheds authorized 
under the Flood Control Act approved June 22, 1936 (33 U.S.C. 
701 and 16 U.S.C. 1006a)): Provided, That not to exceed 
$45,514,000 of this appropriation shall be available for 
technical assistance: Provided further, That this appropriation 
shall be available for employment pursuant to the second 
sentence of section 706(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 
2225), and not to exceed $200,000 shall be available for 
employment under 5 U.S.C. 3109: 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 approved August 
4, 1954 (16 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.), as amended by section 313 of 
Public Law 106-472, November 9, 2000 (16 U.S.C. 1012), and in 
accordance with the provisions of laws relating to the 
activities of the Department, $10,000,000, 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 section 32(e) of 
title III 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 the Agriculture and Food Act of 1981 (16 U.S.C. 3451-
3461), $48,048,000, to remain available until expended (7 
U.S.C. 2209b): Provided, That this appropriation shall be 
available for employment pursuant to the second sentence of 
section 706(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 2225), and 
not to exceed $50,000 shall be available for employment under 5 
U.S.C. 3109.


                      forestry incentives program


    For necessary expenses, not otherwise provided for, to 
carry out the program of forestry incentives, as authorized by 
the Cooperative Forestry Assistance Act of 1978 (16 U.S.C. 
2101), including technical assistance and related expenses, 
$6,811,000, to remain available until expended, as authorized 
by that Act.

                               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 of the Department of Agriculture, $623,000.


                  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, 381N, and 381O of the Consolidated 
Farm and Rural Development Act, $806,557,000, to remain 
available until expended, of which $83,545,000 shall be for 
rural community programs described in section 381E(d)(1) of 
such Act; of which $646,512,000 shall be for the rural 
utilities programs described in sections 381E(d)(2), 
306C(a)(2), and 306D of such Act; and of which $76,500,000 
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, $24,000,000 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 $4,000,000 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, $6,000,000 
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; and $2,000,000 shall be for grants to Mississippi 
Delta Region counties: Provided further, That of the amount 
appropriated for rural utilities programs, not to exceed 
$20,000,000 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; not to 
exceed $24,000,000 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 one percent available to 
administer the program and up to one percent available to 
improve interagency coordination may be transferred to and 
merged with the appropriation for ``Rural Development, Salaries 
and Expenses''; not to exceed $17,465,000, shall be for 
technical assistance grants for rural water and waste systems 
pursuant to section 306(a)(14) of such Act , of which 
$5,250,000 shall be for Rural Community Assistance Programs; 
and not to exceed $11,000,000 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 
$37,624,000 shall be available through June 30, 2002, for 
authorized empowerment zones and enterprise communities and 
communities designated by the Secretary of Agriculture as Rural 
Economic Area Partnership Zones; of which $1,163,000 shall be 
for the rural community programs described in section 
381E(d)(1) of such Act, of which $27,431,000 shall be for the 
rural utilities programs described in section 381E(d)(2) of 
such Act, and of which $9,030,000 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, not to exceed 
$25,000,000 shall be to provide grants for facilities in rural 
communities with extreme unemployment and severe economic 
depression (P.L. 106-387), with five percent for administration 
and capacity building in the State rural development offices: 
Provided further, That of the amount appropriated $30,000,000 
shall be to provide grants in rural communities with extremely 
high energy costs: 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: Provided further, 
That of the funds appropriated by this Act to the Rural Community 
Advancement Program for guaranteed business and industry loans, funds 
may be transferred to direct business and industry loans as deemed 
necessary by the Secretary and with prior approval of the Committees on 
Appropriations of both Houses of Congress.


                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; $133,722,000: Provided, That this 
appropriation shall be available for employment pursuant to the 
second sentence of section 706(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 (7 
U.S.C. 2225), and not to exceed $1,000,000 may be used for 
employment under 5 U.S.C. 3109: 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 transfer 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: $4,217,816,000 for loans to section 
502 borrowers, as determined by the Secretary, of which 
$1,079,848,000 shall be for direct loans, and of which 
$3,137,968,000 shall be for unsubsidized guaranteed loans; 
$32,324,000 for section 504 housing repair loans; $114,068,000 
for section 515 rental housing; $99,770,000 for section 538 
guaranteed multi-family housing loans; $5,090,000 for section 
524 site loans; $11,778,000 for credit sales of acquired 
property, of which up to $1,778,000 may be for multi-family 
credit sales; and $5,000,000 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, $182,274,000 of which $142,108,000 shall be for direct 
loans, and of which $40,166,000 shall be for unsubsidized 
guaranteed loans; section 504 housing repair loans, 
$10,386,000; section 515 rental housing, $48,274,000; section 
538 multi-family housing guaranteed loans, $3,921,000; section 
524 site loans, $28,000; multi-family credit sales of acquired 
property, $750,000; and section 523 self-help housing land 
development loans, $254,000: Provided, That of the total amount 
appropriated in this paragraph, $11,656,000 shall be available 
through June 30, 2002, 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 necessary to carry 
out the direct and guaranteed loan programs, $422,241,000, 
which shall be transferred to and merged with the appropriation 
for ``Rural Development, Salaries and Expenses''.
    Of the amounts made available under this heading in chapter 
1 of title II of Public Law 106-246 (114 Stat. 540) for gross 
obligations for principal amount of direct loans authorized by 
title V of the Housing Act of 1949 for section 515 rental 
housing, the Secretary of Agriculture may use up to $5,986,197 
for rental assistance agreements described in the item relating 
to ``Rental Assistance Program'' in such chapter: Provided, 
That such amount is designated by the Congress as an emergency 
requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A) of the Balanced 
Budget and Emergency Control Act of 1985, as amended.
    In making available for occupancy dwelling units in housing 
that is provided with funds made available under the heading 
referred to in the preceding paragraph, the Secretary of 
Agriculture may give preference to prospective tenants who are 
residing in temporary housing provided by the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency as a result of an emergency.


                       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, $701,004,000; 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) ofthe Act: Provided, That of this amount, not more 
than $5,900,000 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 $10,000 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 fiscal year 2002 shall be funded for a 5-year period, 
although the life of any such agreement may be extended to fully 
utilize amounts obligated.


                  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), $35,000,000, to 
remain available until expended (7 U.S.C. 2209b): Provided, 
That of the total amount appropriated, $1,000,000 shall be 
available through June 30, 2002, 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, $38,914,000, to remain available 
until expended: Provided, That of the total amount 
appropriated, $1,200,000 shall be available through June 30, 
2002, 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, $31,431,000, 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)), 
$38,171,000.
    For the cost of direct loans, $16,494,000, as authorized by 
the Rural Development Loan Fund (42 U.S.C. 9812(a)), of which 
$1,724,000 shall be for Federally Recognized Native American 
Tribes and of which $3,449,000 shall be for Mississippi Delta 
Region counties (as defined by Public Law 100-460): Provided, 
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, $2,730,000 shall be available through June 30, 
2002, 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, $3,733,000 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, $14,966,000.
    For the cost of direct loans, including the cost of 
modifying loans as defined in section 502 of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974, $3,616,000.
    Of the funds derived from interest on the cushion of credit 
payments in fiscal year 2002, as authorized by section 313 of 
the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, $3,616,000 shall not be 
obligated and $3,616,000 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), $7,750,000, of which $2,500,000 shall be 
available for cooperative agreements for the appropriate 
technology transfer for rural areas program: Provided, That not 
to exceed $1,497,000of the total amount appropriated shall be 
made available to 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.


       rural empowerment zones and enterprise communities grants


    For grants in connection with a second round of empowerment 
zones and enterprise communities, $14,967,000, 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).

                        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, 
$121,107,000; municipal rate rural electric loans, 
$500,000,000; loans made pursuant to section 306 of that Act, 
rural electric, $2,700,000,000; Treasury rate direct electric 
loans, $750,000,000; 5 percent rural telecommunications loans, 
$74,827,000; cost of money rural telecommunications loans, 
$300,000,000; and loans made pursuant to section 306 of that 
Act, rural telecommunications loans, $120,000,000.
    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 
the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 935 and 936), 
as follows: cost of rural electric loans, $3,689,000, and the 
cost of telecommunication loans, $2,036,000: 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, $36,000,000, which 
shall be transferred to and merged with the appropriation for 
``Rural Development, Salaries and Expenses''.


                  rural telephone bank program account


                     (including transfer 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. During fiscal year 2002 and within the resources and 
authority available, gross obligations for the principal amount 
of direct loans shall be $174,615,000.
    For the cost, as defined in section 502 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974, including the cost of 
modifying loans, of direct loans authorized by the Rural 
Electrification Act of 1936 (7 U.S.C. 935), $3,737,000.
    In addition, for administrative expenses, including audits, 
necessary to carry out the loan programs, $3,082,000, which 
shall be transferred to and merged with the appropriation for 
``Rural Development, Salaries and Expenses''.


               distance learning and telemedicine program


    For the principal amount of direct distance learning and 
telemedicine loans, $300,000,000; and for the principal amount 
of broadband telecommunication loans, $80,000,000.
    For the cost of direct loans and grants, as authorized by 7 
U.S.C. 950aaa et seq., $49,441,000, to remain available until 
expended, to be available for loans and grants for telemedicine 
and distance learning services in rural areas: Provided, That 
$22,500,000 may be available for the continuation of a pilot 
project for a loan and grant program to finance broadband 
transmission and local dial-up Internet service in areas that 
meet the definition of ``rural area'' used for the Distance 
Learning and Telemedicine Program authorized by 7 U.S.C. 
950aaa: Provided further, That the cost of direct loans shall 
be as defined in section 502 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974.


            local television loan guarantee program account


                     (including transfer of funds)


    For gross obligations for the principal amount of 
guaranteed loans, as authorized by Title X of Public Law 106-
553 for the purpose of facilitating access to signals of local 
television stations for households located in nonserved areas 
and underserved areas, $258,065,000.
    For the cost of guaranteed loans, including the cost of 
modifying loans as defined in section 502 of the Congressional 
Budget Act of 1974, $20,000,000.
    In addition, for administrative expenses necessary to carry 
out the guaranteed loan program, $2,000,000, which shall be 
transferred to and merged with the appropriation for ``Rural 
Development, Salaries and Expenses''.

                                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, $587,000.

                       Food and Nutrition Service


                        child nutrition programs


                     (including transfer 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; $10,087,246,000, to remain available 
through September 30, 2003, of which $4,914,788,000 is hereby 
appropriated and $5,172,458,000 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 of the funds made available 
under this heading, $500,000 shall be for a School Breakfast 
Program startup grant pilot program for the State of Wisconsin: 
Provided further, That up to $4,507,000 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), 
$4,348,000,000, to remain available through September 30, 2003: 
Provided, That none of the funds made available under this 
heading shall be used for studies and evaluations: Provided 
further, That of the total amount available, the Secretary 
shall obligate $10,000,000 for the farmers' market nutrition 
program within 45 days of the enactment of this Act, and up to 
an additional $15,000,000 for the farmers' market nutrition 
program upon a determination by the Secretary that funds are 
available to meet caseload requirements: Provided further, That 
notwithstanding section 17(h)(10)(A) of such Act, $10,000,000 
shall be available for the purposes specified in section 
17(h)(10)(B), and up to an additional $4,000,000 shall be 
available for the purposes specified in section 17(h)(10)(B) 
upon a determination by the Secretary that funds are available 
to meet caseload requirements: 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.), $22,991,986,000, of which $2,000,000,000 
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 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 to exceed $3,000,000 shall be used to purchase 
bison meat for the FDPIR from producer-owned cooperative 
organizations: Provided further, That none of the funds made 
available under this heading shall be used for studies and 
evaluations: 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 of funds that may be 
reserved by the Secretary for allocation to State agencies 
under section 16(h)(1) of such Act to carry out Employment and 
Training programs, not more than $145,000,000 made available in 
previous years may be obligated in fiscal year 2002: 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 funds provided under this heading may be used to 
procure food coupons necessary for program operations in this 
or subsequent fiscal years until electronic benefit transfer 
implementation is complete.


                      commodity assistance program


                         (including rescission)


    For necessary expenses to carry out 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) and the Emergency Food Assistance Act of 1983, 
$152,813,000, to remain available through September 30, 2003: 
Provided, That none of these funds shall be available to 
reimburse the Commodity Credit Corporation for commodities 
donated to the program: Provided further, That of the total 
amount available, the Secretary shall provide $10,000,000 for 
senior farmers' marketactivities: Provided further, That 
notwithstanding section 5(a)(2) of the Agriculture and Consumer 
Protection Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-86; 7 U.S.C. 612c note), 
$20,820,000 of this amount shall be available for administrative 
expenses of the commodity supplemental food program: Provided further, 
That $3,300,000 of unobligated balances available at the beginning of 
fiscal year 2002 are hereby rescinded.


                        food donations programs


    For necessary expenses to carry out section 4(a) of the 
Agriculture and Consumer Protection Act of 1973; special 
assistance for the nuclear affected islands as authorized by 
section 103(h)(2) of the Compacts of Free Association Act of 
1985; and section 311 of the Older Americans Act of 1965, 
$150,749,000, to remain available through September 30, 2003.


                      food program administration


    For necessary administrative expenses of the domestic food 
programs funded under this Act, $127,546,000, of which 
$5,000,000 shall be available only for simplifying procedures, 
reducing overhead costs, tightening regulations, improving food 
stamp benefit delivery, and assisting in the prevention, 
identification, and prosecution of fraud and other violations 
of law and of which not less than $6,500,000 shall be available 
to improve integrity in the Food Stamp and Child Nutrition 
programs: Provided, That this appropriation shall be available 
for employment pursuant to the second sentence of section 
706(a) of the Organic Act of 1944 (7 U.S.C. 2225), and not to 
exceed $150,000 shall be available for employment under 5 
U.S.C. 3109.

                                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), 
$121,813,000: 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: Provided further, That 
none of the funds appropriated in this account may be used to 
pay the salaries and expenses of personnel to disburse funds to 
any rice trade association under the market access program or 
the foreign market developmentprogram at any time when the 
applicable international activity agreement for such program is not in 
effect.
    None of the funds in the foregoing paragraph shall be 
available to promote the sale or export of tobacco or tobacco 
products.


                 public law 480 title i 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, $126,409,000, to 
remain available until expended.
    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, $2,005,000, of which $1,033,000 
may be transferred to and merged with the appropriation for 
``Foreign Agricultural Service, Salaries and Expenses'', and of 
which $972,000 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 transfers 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, $20,277,000, 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, $850,000,000, to remain available until 
expended, for commodities supplied in connection with 
dispositions abroad under title II of said Act.


       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, $4,014,000; 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 $3,224,000 may be transferred to and merged with the 
appropriation for ``Foreign Agricultural Service, Salaries and 
Expenses'', and of which $790,000 may be transferred to and 
merged with the appropriation for ``Farm Service Agency, 
Salaries and Expenses''.

                                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; 
and 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; $1,345,386,000, of which not to exceed 
$161,716,000 to be derived from prescription drug user fees 
authorized by 21 U.S.C. 379(h), including any such fees 
assessed prior to the current fiscal year but credited during 
the current year, in accordance with section 736(g)(4), shall 
be credited to this appropriation and remain available until 
expended: Provided, That fees derived from applications 
received during fiscal year 2002 shall be subject to the fiscal 
year 2002 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) 
$312,049,000 shall be for the Center for Food Safety and 
Applied Nutrition and related field activities in the Office of 
Regulatory Affairs; (2) $352,647,000 shall be for the Center 
for Drug Evaluation and Research and related field activities 
in the Office of Regulatory Affairs, of which no less than 
$13,207,000 shall be available for grants and contracts awarded 
under section 5 of the Orphan Drug Act (21 U.S.C. 360ee); (3) 
$155,875,000 shall be for the Center for Biologics Evaluation 
and Research and for related field activities in the Office of 
Regulatory Affairs; (4) $82,967,000 shall be for the Center for 
Veterinary Medicine and for related field activities in the 
Office of Regulatory Affairs; (5) $179,521,000 shall be for the 
Center for Devices and Radiological Health and for related 
field activities in the Office of Regulatory Affairs; (6) 
$37,082,000 shall be for the National Center for Toxicological 
Research; (7) $29,798,000 shall be for Rent and Related 
activities, other than the amounts paid to the General Services 
Administration, of which $4,000,000 for costs related to 
occupancy of new facilities at White Oak, Maryland, shall 
remain available until September 30, 2003; (8) $105,116,000 
shall be for payments to the General Services Administration 
for rent and related costs; and (9) $90,331,000 shall be for 
other activities, including the Office of the Commissioner; the 
Office of Management and Systems; the Office of the Senior 
Associate Commissioner; the Office of International and 
Constituent Relations; the Office of Policy, Legislation, 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. 
263(b) 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, $34,281,000, to remain available until expended (7 
U.S.C. 2209b).

                          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; the rental of 
space (to include multiple year leases) in the District of 
Columbia and elsewhere; and not to exceed $25,000 for 
employment under 5 U.S.C. 3109, $70,700,000, including not to 
exceed $2,000 for official reception and representation 
expenses.

                       Farm Credit Administration


                 limitation on administrative expenses


    Not to exceed $36,700,000 (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

    Sec. 701. Within the unit limit of cost fixed by law, 
appropriations and authorizations made for the Department of 
Agriculture for fiscal year 2002 under this Act shall be 
available for the purchase, in addition to those specifically 
provided for, of not to exceed 379 passenger motor vehicles, of 
which 378 shall be for replacement only, and for the hire of 
such vehicles.
    Sec. 702. Funds in this Act available to the Department of 
Agriculture shall be available for uniforms or allowances 
therefor as authorized by law (5 U.S.C. 5901-5902).
    Sec. 703. Not less than $1,500,000 of the appropriations of 
the Department of Agriculture in this Act for research and 
service work authorized by sections 1 and 10 of the Act of June 
29, 1935 (7 U.S.C. 427, 427i; commonly known as the Bankhead-
Jones Act), subtitle A of title II and section 302 of the Act 
of August 14, 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.), and chapter 63 of 
title 31, United States Code, shall be available for 
contracting in accordance with such Acts and chapter.
    Sec. 704. The Secretary of Agriculture may transfer 
unobligated balances of funds appropriated by this Act or other 
available unobligated 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. 705. 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, 
fruit fly program, emerging plant pests, integrated systems 
acquisition project, boll weevil program, up to 25 percent of 
the screwworm program, and up to $2,000,000 for costs 
associated with collocating regional offices; 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 (REEIS), 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. 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. Not to exceed $50,000 of the appropriations 
available to the Department of Agriculture in this Act 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 restrict the authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation 
to lease space for its own use or to lease space on behalf of 
other agencies of the Department of Agriculture when such space 
will be jointly occupied.
    Sec. 710. 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 19 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. 711. Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act, 
all loan levels provided in this Act shall be considered 
estimates, not limitations.
    Sec. 712. Appropriations to the Department of Agriculture 
for the cost of direct and guaranteed loans madeavailable in 
fiscal year 2002 shall remain available until expended to cover 
obligations made in fiscal year 2002 for the following accounts: the 
Rural Development Loan Fund program account; the Rural Telephone Bank 
program account; the Rural Electrification and Telecommunications Loans 
program account; the Local Television Loan Guarantee program; the Rural 
Housing Insurance Fund program account; and the Rural Economic 
Development Loans program account.
    Sec. 713. Notwithstanding chapter 63 of title 31, United 
States Code, marketing services of the Agricultural Marketing 
Service; the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards 
Administration; the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; 
and the food safety activities of the Food Safety and 
Inspection Service may use cooperative agreements to reflect a 
relationship between the Agricultural Marketing Service; the 
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration; the 
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; or the Food Safety 
and Inspection Service and a state or cooperator to carry out 
agricultural marketing programs, to carry out programs to 
protect the nation's animal and plant resources, or to carry 
out educational programs or special studies to improve the 
safety of the nation's food supply.
    Sec. 714. 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 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. 715. 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. 716. 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. 717. 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. 718. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available to the Department of Agriculture shall be used to 
transmit or otherwise make available to any non-Department of 
Agriculture employee questions or responses to questions that 
are a result of information requested for the appropriations 
hearing process.
    Sec. 719. 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.
    Sec. 720. (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 fiscal year 2002, 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 fiscal 
year 2002, 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, whichever 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 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. 721. With the exception of funds needed to administer 
and conduct oversight of grants awarded and obligations 
incurred prior to enactment of this Act, 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 section 793 of Public Law 104-127, the Fund for 
Rural America (7 U.S.C. 2204f).
    Sec. 722. With the exception of funds needed to administer 
and conduct oversight of grants awarded and obligations 
incurred prior to enactment of this Act, 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. 723. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this Act shall be used to pay the salaries and 
expenses of personnel to carry out a conservation farm option 
program, as authorized by section 1240M of the Food Security 
Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3839bb).
    Sec. 724. None of the funds made available to the Food and 
Drug Administration by this Act shall be used to reduce the 
Detroit, Michigan, Food and Drug Administration District Office 
below the operating and full-time equivalent staffing level of 
July 31, 1999; or to change the Detroit District Office to a 
station, residence post or similarly modified office; or to 
reassign residence posts assigned to the Detroit District 
Office: Provided, That this section shall not apply to Food and 
Drug Administration field laboratory facilities or operations 
currently located in Detroit, Michigan, except that field 
laboratory personnel shall be assigned to locations in the 
general vicinityof Detroit, Michigan, pursuant to cooperative 
agreements between the Food and Drug Administration and other 
laboratory facilities associated with the State of Michigan.
    Sec. 725. None of the funds appropriated by this Act 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 2003 appropriations Act.
    Sec. 726. None of the funds made available by this Act 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. 727. 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. 728. In addition to amounts otherwise appropriated or 
made available by this Act, $2,496,000 is appropriated for the 
purpose of providing Bill Emerson and Mickey Leland Hunger 
Fellowships through the Congressional Hunger Center.
    Sec. 729. Hereafter, refunds or rebates received on an on-
going basis from a credit card services provider under the 
Department of Agriculture's charge card programs may be 
deposited to and retained without fiscal year limitation in the 
Department's Working Capital Fund established under 7 U.S.C. 
2235 and used to fund management initiatives of general benefit 
to the Department of Agriculture bureaus and offices as 
determined by the Secretary of Agriculture or the Secretary's 
designee.
    Sec. 730. 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. 731. Section 375(e)(6)(B) of the Consolidated Farm and 
Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 2008j(e)(6)(B)) is amended by 
striking ``$25,000,000'' and inserting ``$26,000,000''.
    Sec. 732. None of the funds appropriated or made available 
by this Act shall be used to issue a proposed rule for which 
the comment period would close prior to September 30, 2002, 
final, or interim final rule pursuant to notice and comment 
rulemaking in relation to any change or modification of the 
definition of ``animal'' in existing regulations pursuant to 
the Animal Welfare Act.
    Sec. 733. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
City of Cabot, Arkansas, the City of Berlin, New Hampshire, and 
the City of Coachella, California, shall be eligible for loans 
and grants provided through the Rural Community Advancement 
Program.
    Sec. 734. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
Secretary shall consider the City of Casa Grande, Arizona, as 
meeting the requirements of a rural area in section 520 of the 
Housing Act of 1949 (42 U.S.C. 1490).
    Sec. 735. 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 $5,000,000 for administrative costs 
associated with the distribution of commodities.
    Sec. 736. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
Secretary may transfer up to $13,000,000 in funds provided for 
the Environmental Quality Incentives Program authorized by 
Chapter 4, Subtitle D, Title XII of the Food Security Act of 
1985, for technical assistance to implement the Conservation 
Reserve Program authorized by subchapter B, Chapter 1, Title 
XII of the Food Security Act of 1985, with funds to remain 
available until expended.
    Sec. 737. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
City of St. Joseph, Missouri, shall be eligible for grants and 
loans administered by the rural development mission area of the 
Department of Agriculture relating to an application submitted 
to the Department by a farmer-owned cooperative, a majority of 
whose members reside in a rural area, as determined by the 
Secretary, and for the purchase and operation of a facility 
beneficial to the purpose of the cooperative.
    Sec. 738. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
Secretary of Agriculture shall consider the City of Hollister, 
California, as meeting the requirements of a rural area for the 
purposes of housing programs in the rural development mission 
areas of the Department of Agriculture.
    Sec. 739. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this Act may be used to maintain, modify, or 
implement any assessment against agricultural producers as part 
of a commodity promotion, research, and consumer information 
order, known as a check-off program, that has not been approved 
by the affected producers in accordance with the statutory 
requirements applicable to the order.
    Sec. 740. 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 Drug Analysis (recently renamed the 
Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis) in St. Louis, Missouri, 
except that funds could be used to plan a possible relocation 
of this Division within the city limits of St. Louis, Missouri.
    Sec. 741. Market Loss Assistance for Apple Producers. (a) 
Assistance Available.--The Secretary of Agriculture shall use 
$75,000,000 of funds of the Commodity Credit Corporation to 
make payments as soon as possible after the date of the 
enactment of this Act to apple producers to provide relief for 
the loss of markets for their 2000 crop.
    (b) Payment Basis.--The amount of the payment to a producer 
under subsection (a) shall be made on a per pound basis equal 
to each qualifying producer's 2000 production of apples, except 
that the Secretary shall not make payments for that amount of a 
particular farm's apple production that is in excess of 
20,000,000 pounds.
    (c) Duplicative Payments.--A producer shall be ineligible 
for payments under this section with respect to a market loss 
for apples to the extent of that amount that the producer 
received as compensation or assistance for the same loss under 
any other Federal program, other than under the Federal Crop 
Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.).
    (d) Other Terms and Conditions.--The Secretary shall not 
establish any terms or conditions for producer eligibility, 
such as limits based upon gross income, other than those 
specified in this section.
    (e) Applicability.--This section applies only with respect 
to the 2000 crop of apples and producers of that crop.
    Sec. 742. No funds appropriated or otherwise made available 
under this Act shall be made available to any person or entity 
that has been convicted of violating the Act of March 3, 1933 
(41 U.S.C. 10a-10c; popularly known as the ``Buy American 
Act'').
    Sec. 743. Section 17(a)(2)(B) of the Richard B. Russell 
National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1766(a)(2)(B)) is amended 
by striking ``2001'' and inserting ``2002''.
    Sec. 744. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
Natural Resources Conservation Service shall provide financial 
and technical assistance in the amount of $150,000 to the 
Mallard Pointe project in Madison County, Mississippi.
    Sec. 745. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
Secretary of Agriculture shall, in cooperation with the State 
of Illinois, develop and implement a pilot project utilizing 
conservation programs of the Department of Agriculture for 
soil, water, wetlands, and wildlife habitat enhancement in the 
Illinois River Basin: Provided, That no funds shall be made 
available to carry out this section unless they are expressly 
provided for a program in this Act or any other Act for 
obligation in fiscal year 2002: Provided further, That any 
conservation reserve program enrollments made pursuant to this 
section shall be subject to section 734 of this Act.
    Sec. 746. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
Natural Resources Conservation Service shall provide $250,000 
for a wetlands restoration and water conservation project in 
the vicinity of Jamestown, Rhode Island.
    Sec. 747. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, 
$3,000,000 shall be made available from funds under the rural 
business and cooperative development programs of the Rural 
Community Advancement Program for a grant for an integrated 
ethanol plant, feedlot, and animal waste digestion unit, to the 
extent matching funds from the Department of Energy are 
provided if a commitment for such matching funds is made prior 
to July 1, 2002: Provided, That such funds shall be released to 
the project after the farmer-owned cooperative equity is in 
place, and a formally executed commitment from a qualified 
lender based upon receipt of necessary permits, contract, 
andother appropriate documentation has been secured by the project.
    Sec. 748. Hereafter, notwithstanding any other provision of 
law, the Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service shall use 
the authorities provided in the Rural Electrification Act of 
1936 to finance the acquisition of existing generation, 
transmission and distribution systems and facilities serving 
high cost, predominantly rural areas by entities capable of and 
dedicated to providing or improving service in such areas in an 
efficient and cost effective manner.
    Sec. 749. Notwithstanding subsection (f) of section 156 of 
the Agricultural Market Transition Act (7 U.S.C. 7272(f)), any 
assessment imposed under that subsection for marketings of raw 
cane sugar or beet sugar for the 2002 fiscal year shall not be 
required to be remitted to the Commodity Credit Corporation 
before September 2, 2002.
    Sec. 750. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Natural Resources 
Conservation Service, shall provide financial assistance from 
available funds from the Emergency Watershed Protection Program 
in Arkansas, in an amount not to exceed $400,000 for completion 
of the current construction phase of the Kuhn Bayou (Point 
Remove) Project.
    Sec. 751. (a) Temporary Use of Existing Payments to States 
Table.--Notwithstanding section 101(a)(1) of the Secure Rural 
Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (Public 
Law 106-393; 16 U.S.C. 500 note), for the purpose of making the 
fiscal year 2001 payments under section 102 of such Act to 
eligible States and eligible counties, the full payment amount 
for each eligible State and eligible county shall be deemed to 
be equal to the full payment amount calculated for that 
eligible State or eligible county in the Forest Service 
document entitled ``P.L. 106-393, Secure Rural Schools and 
Community Self-Determination Act'' and dated July 31, 2001, 
subject to the adjustment required by section 101(b) of such 
Act.
    (b) Revision of Table.--For the purpose of making payments 
under section 102 of such Act to eligible States and eligible 
counties for fiscal years 2002 through 2006, as required by 
section 101(a)(1) of such Act, the Secretary of Agriculture 
shall revise the table referred to in subsection (a) to 
accurately reflect, to the maximum extent practicable, each 
eligible State's and eligible county's historic share of the 
25-percent payments and safety net payments made for the fiscal 
years of the eligibility period.
    (c) Reporting Requirement.--Not later than March 1, 2002, 
the Secretary of Agriculture shall submit to the Committee on 
Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on 
Agriculture of the House of Representatives a report containing 
the revisions made to the table referred to in subsection (a), 
as required by subsection (b).
    (d) Additional Eligible County Election.--Notwithstanding 
section 102(b)(2) of such Act, if the revision pursuant to 
subsection (b) of the table referred to in subsection (a) 
results in a reduced full payment amount for an eligible county 
that elected under section 102(b) of such Act to receive the 
full payment amount, the eligible county shall have a 90-day 
period, beginning on the date the revised table is first 
available to the public, during which to reconsider and change 
its election. The eligible county shall notify the Secretary of 
Agriculture of any change in its election before the end of 
such period. If an eligible county elects under this subsection 
to receive the 25-percent payment in place of the full payment 
amount, the election shall be effective for one year.
    (e) Treatment of Certain Mineral Leasing Receipts.--(1) An 
eligible county that elects under section 102(b) of such Act to 
receive its share of an eligible State's full payment amount 
shall continue to receive its share of any payments made to 
that State from a lease for mineral resources issued by the 
Secretary of the Interior under the last paragraph under the 
heading ``forest service.'' in the Act of March 4, 1917 
(Chapter 179; 16 U.S.C. 520).
    (2) Section 6(b) of the Mineral Leasing Act for Acquired 
Lands (30 U.S.C. 355(b)) is amended by inserting after the 
first sentence the following new sentence: ``The preceding 
sentence shall also apply to any payment to a State derived 
from a lease for mineral resources issued by the Secretary of 
the Interior under the last paragraph under the heading `forest 
service.' in the Act of March 4, 1917 (Chapter 179; 16 U.S.C. 
520).''.
    (f) Definitions.--In this section, the terms ``eligible 
State'', ``eligible county'', ``eligibility period'', ``full 
payment amount'', ``25-percent payment'', and ``safety net 
payments'' have the meanings given such terms in section 3 of 
such Act, and the term ``such Act'' means the Secure Rural 
Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (Public 
Law 106-393; 16 U.S.C. 500 note).
    Sec. 752. Alaska Permanent Fund.-- Section 501(b) of the 
Housing Act of 1949 (42 U.S.C. 1471) is amended in paragraph 
(5)--
            (1) by striking ``(5)'' and inserting ``(5)(A)''; 
        and
            (2) by adding at the end the following:
            ``(B) For purposes of this title, for fiscal years 
        2002 and 2003, the term `income' does not include 
        dividends received from the Alaska Permanent Fund by a 
        person who was under the age of 18 years when that 
        person qualified for the dividend.''.
    Sec. 753. Hereafter, any provision of any Act of Congress 
relating to colleges and universities eligible to receive funds 
under the Act of August 30, 1890, including Tuskegee 
University, shall apply to West Virginia State College at 
Institute, West Virginia: Provided, That the Secretary may 
waive the matching funds' requirement under section 1449 of the 
National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy 
Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3222d) for fiscal year 2002 for West 
Virginia State College if the Secretary determines the State of 
West Virginia will be unlikely to satisfy the matching 
requirement.
    Sec. 754. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
Secretary, acting through the Natural Resources Conservation 
Service, shall provide financial and technical assistance 
relating to the Tanana River bordering the Big Delta State 
Historical Park.
    Sec. 755. None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made 
available by this Act to the Food and Drug Administration shall 
be used to allow admission of fish or fish products labeled 
wholly or in part as ``catfish'' unless the products are 
taxonomically from the family Ictaluridae.
    Sec. 756. The Secretary of Agriculture is authorized to 
accept any unused funds transferred to the Alaska Railroad 
Corporation for avalanche control and retransfer up to $499,000 
of such funds as a direct lump sum payment to the City of 
Valdez to construct an avalanche control wall to protect a 
public school.
    Sec. 757. The Secretary of Agriculture may use not more 
than $5,000,000 of funds of the Commodity Credit Corporation to 
pay claims of crop damage, upon consultation with the Secretary 
of the Interior, that resulted from the Bureau of Land 
Management's use of herbicides during the 2001 calendar year in 
the State of Idaho: Provided, That if the amount provided in 
this section is not sufficient to pay all approved claims the 
Secretary of Agriculture shall reduce all approved claims on a 
pro rata basis related to the degree of loss in production: 
Provided further, That nothing in this section shall be 
construed to constitute an admission of liability by the United 
States arising from the use by the Bureau of Land Management of 
the herbicide Oust: Provided further, That the issuance of 
regulations promulgated pursuant to this section shall be made 
without regard to: (1) the notice and comment provisions of 
section 553 of title 5, United States Code; (2) the Statement 
of Policy of the Secretary of Agriculture effective July 24, 
1971 (36 Fed. Reg. 13804), relating to notices of proposed 
rulemaking and public participation in rulemaking; and (3) 
chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code (commonly known as 
the ``Paperwork Reduction Act''): Provided further, That in 
carrying out this section, the Secretary shall use the 
authority provided under section 808 of title 5, United States 
Code.
    Sec. 758. Pilot Program for Enrollment of Wetland and 
Buffer Acreage in Conservation Reserve. (a) In General.--
Section 1231(h)(4)(B) of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 
U.S.C. 3831(h)(4)(B)) is amended by inserting ``(which may 
include emerging vegetation in water)'' after ``vegetative 
cover''.
    (b) Conforming Amendment.--Section 1232(a)(4) of the Food 
Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3832(a)(4)) is amended by 
inserting ``(which may include emerging vegetation in water)'' 
after ``vegetative cover''.
    Sec. 759. Speciality Crops. (a) Grading of Tobacco.--
            (1) In general.--Not later than March 31, 2002, the 
        Secretary of Agriculture (referred to in this section 
        as the ``Secretary'') shall conduct referenda among 
        producers of each kind of tobacco that is eligible for 
        price support under the Agricultural Act of 1949 (7 
        U.S.C. 1421 et seq.) to determine whether such 
        producers favor the mandatory grading of that kind of 
        tobacco by the Secretary.
            (2) Mandatory grading.--
                    (A) In general.--If the Secretary 
                determines that mandatory grading is favored by 
                a majority of the producers of a kind of 
                tobacco voting in the referendum, the Secretary 
                is authorized and directed to ensure that the 
                kind of tobacco is graded at the time of sale 
                effective for the 2002 and subsequent marketing 
                years.
                    (B) Fees.--To the maximum extent 
                practicable, the Secretary shall establish, 
                collect, and use fees for the grading of 
                tobacco required under this subsection in the 
                same manner as user fees for the grading of 
                tobacco sold at auction authorized under the 
                Tobacco Inspection Act (7 U.S.C. 511 et seq.).
            (3) Judicial review.--A determination by the 
        Secretary under this subsection shall not be subject to 
        judicial review.
    (b) Quota Reduction for Conservation Reserve Acreage.--
            (1) In general.--Section 1236 of the Food Security 
        Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3836) is amended--
                    (A) by striking subsection (a);
                    (B) by redesignating subsections (b), (c), 
                and (d) as subsections (a), (b), and (c), 
                respectively;
                    (C) in subsection (b) (as so redesignated), 
                by striking ``subsection (b)'' and inserting 
                ``subsection (a)''; and
                    (D) in subsection (c) (as so redesignated), 
                by striking ``subsection (c)'' and inserting 
                ``subsection (b)''.
            (2) Conforming amendment.--Section 1232(a)(5) of 
        the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3832(a)(5)) is 
        amended by striking ``section 1236(d)'' and inserting 
        ``section 1236(c)''.
            (3) Application.--The amendments made by this 
        subsection shall apply beginning with the 2002 crop.
    (c) Horse Breeder Loans.--
            (1) Definition of horse breeder.--In this 
        subsection, the term ``horse breeder'' means a person 
        that, as of the date of enactment of this Act, derives 
        more than 70 percent of the income of the person from 
        the business of breeding, boarding, raising, training, 
        or selling horses, during the shorter of--
                    (A) the 5-year period ending on January 1, 
                2001; or
                    (B) the period the person has been engaged 
                in such business.
            (2) Loan authorization.--The Secretary shall make 
        loans to eligible horse breeders to assist the horse 
        breeders for losses suffered as a result of mare 
        reproductive loss syndrome.
            (3) Eligibility.--A horse breeder shall be eligible 
        for a loan under this subsection if the Secretary 
        determines that, as a result of mare reproductive loss 
        syndrome--
                    (A) during the period beginning January 1 
                and ending October 1 of any of calendar years 
                2000, 2001, or 2002--
                            (i) 30 percent or more of the mares 
                        owned by the horse breeder failed to 
                        conceive, miscarried, aborted, or 
                        otherwise failed to produce a live 
                        healthy foal; or
                            (ii) 30 percent or more of the 
                        mares boarded on a farm owned, 
                        operated, or leased by the horse 
                        breeder failed to conceive, miscarried, 
                        aborted, or otherwise failed to produce 
                        a live healthy foal;
                    (B) the horse breeder is unable to meet the 
                financial obligations, or pay the ordinary and 
                necessary expenses, of the horse breeder 
                incurred in connection with breeding, boarding, 
                raising, training, or selling horses; and
                    (C) the horse breeder is not able to obtain 
                sufficient credit elsewhere, in accordance with 
                subtitle C of the Consolidated Farm and Rural 
                Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1961 et seq.).
            (4) Amount.--
                    (A) In general.--Subject to subparagraph 
                (B), the amount of a loan made to a horse 
                breeder under this subsection shall be 
                determined by the Secretary on the basis of the 
                amount of losses suffered by the horse breeder, 
                and the financial needs of the horse breeder, 
                as a result of mare reproductive loss syndrome.
                    (B) Maximum amount.--The amount of a loan 
                made to a horse breeder under this subsection 
                shall not exceed the maximum amount of an 
                emergency loan under section 324(a) of the 
                Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 
                U.S.C. 1964(a)).
            (5) Term.--
                    (A) In general.--Subject to subparagraph 
                (B), the term for repayment of a loan made to a 
                horse breeder under this subsection shall be 
                determined by the Secretary based on the 
                ability of the horse breeder to repay the loan.
                    (B) Maximum term.--The term of a loan made 
                to a horse breeder under this subsection shall 
                not exceed 20 years.
            (6) Interest rate.--The interest rate for a loan 
        made to a horse breeder under this subsection shall be 
        the interest rate for emergency loans prescribed under 
        section 324(b)(1) of the Consolidated Farm and Rural 
        Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1964(b)(1)).
            (7) Security.--A loan to a horse breeder under this 
        subsection shall be made on the security required for 
        emergency loans under section 324(d) of the 
        Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 
        1964(d)).
            (8) Application.--To be eligible to obtain a loan 
        under this subsection, a horse breeder shall submit an 
        application for the loan to the Secretary not later 
        than September 30, 2002.
            (9) Funding.--The Secretary shall carry out this 
        subsection using funds made available to make emergency 
        loans under subtitle C of the Consolidated Farm and 
        Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1961 et seq.).
            (10) Termination.--The authority provided by this 
        subsection to make a loan terminates effective 
        September 30, 2003.
    Sec. 760. During fiscal year 2002, subsection (a)(2) of 
section 508 of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 1508) 
shall be applied as though the term ``and potatoes'' read as 
follows: ``, potatoes, and sweet potatoes''.
    Sec. 761. Citrus Canker Eradication. (a) In General.--
Section 810 of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and 
Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 
2001 (114 Stat. 1549A-52) is amended--
            (1) in subsection (a) by striking ``The'' and 
        inserting ``Subject to subsection (e), the''; and
            (2) in subsection (c), by striking ``2001'' and 
        inserting ``2002''.
    (b) Effective Date.--The amendments in subsection (a) shall 
take effect as if enacted on September 30, 2001.
    Sec. 762. Section 306(a)(20) of the Consolidated Farm and 
Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1926(a)(20)) is amended by 
adding at the end the following new subparagraph:
                    ``(E) Rural broadband.--Notwithstanding 
                subparagraph (C), the Secretary may make grants 
                to state agencies for use by regulatory 
                commissions in states with rural communities 
                without local dial-up Internet access or 
                broadband service to establish a competitively, 
                technologically neutral grant program to 
                telecommunications carriers or cable operators 
                that establish common carrier facilities and 
                services which, in the commission's 
                determination, will result in the long-term 
                availability to such communities of affordable 
                broadband services which are used for the 
                provision of high speed Internet access.''.
    Sec. 763. In accordance with the Farmland Protection 
Program, a total of $720,000 shall be made available to 
purchase conservation easements or other interests in land, not 
to exceed 235 acres, in Adair, Green, and Taylor Counties, 
Kentucky: Provided, That $490,000 of this amount shall be from 
funds made available to the Conservation Reserve Enhancement 
Program for the State of Kentucky.
    Sec. 764. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
City of Caldwell, Idaho, shall be eligible for grants and loans 
administered by the Rural Housing Service of the United States 
Department of Agriculture for a period not to exceed one year 
from the date of enactment of this Act.
    Sec. 765. Section 8c(1) of the Agricultural Marketing 
Agreement Act of 1937 is amended by adding the following 
provision at the end of the penultimate sentence:

        ``The Secretary is authorized to implement a producer 
        allotment program and a handler withholding program 
        under the cranberry marketing order in the same crop 
        year through informal rulemaking based on a 
        recommendation and supporting economic analysis 
        submitted by the Cranberry Marketing Committee. Such 
        recommendation and analysis shall be submitted by the 
        Committee no later than March 1 of each year.''.
    Sec. 766. Section 11(f) of the Richard B. Russell National 
School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1759a(f)) is amended by--
            (1) in paragraph (1)(E), by striking ``2001'' and 
        inserting ``2003''; and
            (2) in paragraph (2)--
                    (A) by striking subparagraph (A) and 
                inserting the following:
                    ``(A) In general.--The Secretary shall 
                submit to the Committee on Education and the 
                Workforce of the House of Representatives and 
                the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and 
                Forestry of the Senate--
                            ``(i) not later than January 1, 
                        2003, an interim report on the 
                        activities of the State agencies 
                        receiving grants under this subsection; 
                        and
                            ``(ii) not later than January 1, 
                        2004, a final report on the activities 
                        of the State agencies receiving grants 
                        under this subsection.''; and
                    (B) in subparagraph (B), by striking 
                ``report'' and inserting ``reports''.
    Sec. 767. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
City of Mt. Vernon, Washington, shall be eligible for grants 
and loans administered by the Rural Housing Service of the 
United States Department of Agriculture for a period not to 
exceed one year from the date of enactment of this Act.
    Sec. 768. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the 
Natural Resources Conservation Service shall provide financial 
and technical assistance to DuPage County, Illinois, from funds 
available for the Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations 
program, not to exceed $1,400,000.
    Sec. 769. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, from 
funds previously appropriated for Watershed and Flood 
Prevention Operations of the Natural Resource and Conservation 
Service, the Secretary of Agriculture shall provide technical 
and financial assistance, but not to exceed $1,000,000, in 
connection with a lake level stabilization project carried out 
as part of local efforts to restore and repair watersheds 
damaged by the 2001 tornado and storms in Burnett and Washburn 
Counties, Wisconsin: Provided, That the Secretary shall waive 
the cost share requirement of the local sponsors of such 
efforts in Burnett and Washburn Counties, Wisconsin.
    Sec. 770. Nothwithstanding any other provision of law, from 
the funds appropriated to the Rural Utilities Service by this 
Act, any current Rural Utilities Service borrower within 100 
miles of New York City shall be eligible for additional 
financing, refinancing, collateral flexibility, and deferrals 
on an expedited basis without regard to population limitations 
for any financially feasible telecommunications, energy or 
water project that assists endeavors related to the 
rehabilitation, prevention, relocation, site preparation, or 
relief efforts resulting from the terrorist events of September 
11, 2001.
    Sec. 771. Section 17(r)(5) of the Richard B. Russell 
National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1766(r)(5)) is amended--
            (1) by striking ``six'' and inserting ``seven'';
            (2) by striking ``four'' and inserting ``five''; 
        and
            (3) by inserting ``Illinois,'' after the first 
        instance of ``States shall be''.
    Sec. 772. (a) Extension.--Section 141 of the Agricultural 
Market Transition Act (7 U.S.C. 7251) is amended--
            (1) in subsection (b), by adding at the end the 
        following new paragraph:
            ``(5) During the period beginning on January 1, 
        2002, and ending on May 31, 2002, $9.90.''; and
            (2) in subsection (h), by striking ``December 31, 
        2001'' both places it appears and inserting ``May 31, 
        2002''.
    (b) Conforming Amendment.--Section 142 of the Agricultural 
Market Transition Act (7 U.S.C. 7252) is repealed.
    Sec. 773. The Secretary shall transfer to the Southern 
Minnesota Beet Sugar Co-op, refined sugar, acquired by the 
Commodity Credit Corporation, in the amount of 10,000 tons to 
compensate sugar producers in Minnesota for losses incurred 
beyond those that may be compensated under existing programs 
administered by the Secretary: Provided, That this amount of 
sugar shall be provided in installments starting on the day 
that is 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act and on 
the first day of each of the following 7 months after that day.
    Sec. 774. (a) Definitions.--In this section:
            (1) The term ``eligible person'' means a person 
        that--
                    (A) owns a farm for which, irrespective of 
                temporary transfers or undermarketings, a basic 
                quota or allotment for eligible tobacco is 
                established for the 2001 crop year under part I 
                of subtitle B of title III of the Agricultural 
                Adjustment Act of 1938 (7 U.S.C. 1311 et seq.);
                    (B) controls the farm from which, under the 
                quota or allotment for the relevant period, 
                eligible tobacco is marketed, could have been 
                marketed, or can be marketed, taking into 
                account temporary transfers; or
                    (C) grows, could have grown, or can grow 
                eligible tobacco that is marketed, could have 
                been marketed, or can be marketed under the 
                quota or allotment for the 2001 crop year, 
                taking into account temporary transfers.
            (2) The term ``eligible tobacco'' means each of the 
        following kinds of tobacco:
                    (A) Fire-cured tobacco, comprising types 22 
                and 23.
                    (B) Dark air-cured tobacco, comprising 
                types 35 and 36.
                    (C) Virginia sun-cured tobacco, comprising 
                type 37.
    (b) Payments.--Not later than March 31, 2002, the Secretary 
of Agriculture (referred to in this section as the 
``Secretary'') shall use funds of the Commodity Credit 
Corporation to make payments under this section.
    (c) Poundage Payment Quantities.--For the purposes of this 
section, in the case of each kind of eligible tobacco, 
individual tobacco quotas and allotments shall be converted to 
poundage payment quantities by multiplying--
            (1) the number of acres that may, irrespective of 
        temporary transfers or undermarketings, be devoted, 
        without penalty, to the production of the kind of 
        tobacco under the allotment under part I of subtitle B 
        of title III of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938 
        (7 U.S.C. 1311 et seq.) for the 2001 crop year; by
            (2)(A) in the case of fire-cured tobacco (types 22 
        and 23), 2,601 pounds per acre;
            (B) in the case of dark air-cured tobacco (types 35 
        and 36), 2,337 pounds per acre; and
            (C) in the case of Virginia sun-cured tobacco (type 
        37), 1,512 pounds per acre.
    (d) Available Payment Amounts.--In the case of each kind of 
eligible tobacco, the available payment amount for pounds of a 
payment quantity under subsection (c) shall be equal to 10 
cents per pound.
    (e) Division of Payments Among Eligible Persons.--Payments 
available with respect to a pound of payment quantity, as 
determined under subsection (d), shall be made available to 
eligible persons in accordance with this subsection. In the 
case of payments made available in a State under this section 
for each kind of eligible tobacco, the Secretary shall 
distribute (as determined by the Secretary)--
            (1) 33\1/3\ percent of the payments to eligible 
        persons that are owners described in subsection 
        (a)(1)(A);
            (2) 33\1/3\ percent of the payments to eligible 
        persons that are controllers described in subsection 
        (a)(1)(B); and
            (3) 33\1/3\ percent of the payments to eligible 
        persons that are growers described in subsection 
        (a)(1)(C).
    (f) Standards.--In carrying out this section, the Secretary 
shall use, to the maximum extent practicable, the same 
standards for payments that were used for making payments under 
section 204(b) of the Agricultural Risk Protection Act of 2000 
(7 U.S.C. 1421 note; Public Law 106-224).
    (g) Judicial Review.--A determination by the Secretary 
under this section shall not be subject to judicial review.
    (h) Regulations.--As soon as practicable after the date of 
enactment of this Act, the Secretary and the Commodity Credit 
Corporation, as appropriate, shall promulgate such regulations 
as are necessary to implement this section. The promulgation of 
the regulations and administration of this section shall be 
made without regard to--
            (1) the notice and comment provisions of section 
        553 of title 5, United States Code;
            (2) the Statement of Policy of the Secretary of 
        Agriculture effective July 24, 1971 (36 Fed. Reg. 
        13804), relating to notices of proposed rulemaking and 
        public participation in rulemaking; and
            (3) chapter 35 of title 44, United States Code 
        (commonly known as the ``Paperwork Reduction Act'').
    (i) Congressional Review of Agency Rulemaking.--In carrying 
out subsection (h), the Secretary shall use the authority 
provided under section 808 of title 5, United States Code.
    Sec. 775. The Competitive, Special, and Facilities Research 
Grant Act (7 U.S.C. 450i) is amended:
            (1) in subsection (b)(3) by adding at the end the 
        following:
                    ``(G) Grants may be awarded to improve 
                research capabilities in States (as defined in 
                the National Agricultural Research, Extension, 
                and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as amended) in 
                which institutions have been less successful in 
                receiving funding under this subsection, based 
                on a three-year rolling average of funding 
                levels.''; and
            (2) in subsections (b)(10)(C) by striking ``and (F) 
        of paragraph (3) for awarding grants in'' and inserting 
        ``, (F), and (G) of paragraph (3) for''.
    Sec. 776. None of the funds made available in this Act may 
be used to pay the salaries of personnel of the Department of 
Agriculture who carry out the programs authorized by section 
524(a) of the Federal Crop Insurance Act (7 U.S.C. 1524) in 
excess of a total of $4,000,000 for all such programs for 
fiscal year 2002.
    Sec. 777. Section 501 of the Agricultural Trade Development 
and Assistance Act of 1954 (7 U.S.C. 1737) is amended--
            (1) in the section heading, by inserting ``JOHN 
        OGONOWSKI'' before ``FARMER-TO-FARMER PROGRAM''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following new 
        subsection:
    ``(d) Designation of Program.--The program of farmer-to-
farmer assistance authorized by this section shall be known and 
designated as the `John Ogonowski Farmer-to-Farmer Program'.''.
    This Act may be cited as the ``Agriculture, Rural 
Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act, 2002''.
      And the Senate agree to the same.

                                   Henry Bonilla,
                                   James T. Walsh,
                                   Jack Kingston,
                                   Tom Latham,
                                   Jo Ann Emerson,
                                   Virgil H. Goode, Jr.,
                                   Ray LaHood,
                                   C.W. Bill Young,
                                   Marcy Kaptur,
                                   Rosa L. DeLauro,
                                   Maurice D. Hinchey,
                                   Sam Farr,
                                   Allen Boyd,
                                   David R. Obey,
                                 Managers on the Part of the House.

                                   Herb Kohl,
                                   Tom Harkin,
                                   Byron L. Dorgan,
                                   Dianne Feinstein,
                                   Richard J. Durbin,
                                   Tim Johnson,
                                   Robert C. Byrd,
                                   Thad Cochran,
                                   Arlen Specter,
                                   Christopher S. Bond,
                                   Mitch McConnell,
                                   Conrad Burns,
                                   Larry Craig,
                                   Ted Stevens,
                                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 the bill (H.R. 2330) making 
appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and 
Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the 
fiscal year ending September 30, 2002, 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.
      The conferees encourage the consideration of grant and 
loan applications for various entities. The conferees expect 
the Department only to approve those applications judged 
meritorious when subjected to the established review process.

                     TITLE I--AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS

                 Production, Processing, and Marketing

                        Office of the Secretary

      The conference agreement provides $2,992,000 for the 
Office of the Secretary as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$3,015,000 as proposed by the House.
      The conferees strongly support the extension of the 
Global Food for Education Initiative program for fiscal year 
2002. While both the House and Senate Committee reports 
demonstrated strong support for the program, the Department has 
still not announced its intentions for fiscal year 2002. The 
conferees urge the Secretary in the strongest possible terms to 
use available authorities to continue the Global Food for 
Education Initiative for fiscal year 2002.
      The Secretary shall report to the Committees on 
Appropriations no later than March 1, 2002 on USDA's plans for 
the National Finance Center.
      The conferees have recommended $40,000,000 under 
``Agricultural Research Service, Buildings and Facilities'' to 
incrementally fund a long-term project for consolidation and 
replacement of laboratory facilities in Ames, IA. In addition, 
the President has proposed $14,081,000 for the Animal and Plant 
Health Inspection Service for relocation of facilities in Ames, 
IA, and this proposal will be considered in subsequent 
appropriations action related to emergency expenses to respond 
to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United 
States. The conferees are concerned about the management of 
this very substantial effort involving two agencies of the 
Department and, therefore, direct the Office of the Secretary 
to submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations by March 
1, 2002, that will include current estimates of full costs and 
the proposed construction schedule for this project as well as 
the Department's management plan for coordinating the efforts 
of ARS and APHIS in the performance of this long range 
construction program.
      The conferees are seriously concerned that domestic lamb 
prices have fallen by 50 percent or more since June 2001, 
causing sheep producers to incur unprecedented losses which are 
unexplained by historic pricing patterns. The conferees direct 
the Secretary to conduct a study of lamb prices in the U.S. 
including comparison of live lamb prices to carcass and boxed 
lamb prices for 2001, determination of the spreads between 
these categories, and documentation of what market factors are 
affecting and establishing live lamb and carcass prices since 
January. A report on this study shall be submitted to the 
Committees on Appropriations and Agriculture by February 1, 
2002, and this report should also include the degree and 
influence, if any, that imports, concentration, and mandatory 
price reporting have had on the lamb market this year as 
compared to the past five years.
      The conferees strongly encourage the Secretary, in direct 
consultation with the wheat industry, to review the need for 
regulating Karnal bunt as a pest. The conferees are also 
concerned with the financial impacts incurred by producers and 
handlers as a result of Karnal bunt and direct the Secretary to 
continue compensation activities with all affected entities.
      The conferees are concerned with the severe drought 
conditions along the U.S./Mexico border in the area of the Rio 
Grande watershed and Mexico's continuing failure to meet its 
water obligations to the area as delineated in the 1944 water 
treaty. The conferees are concerned with Mexico's lack of 
progress in implementing a repayment plan for its water deficit 
under this treaty, and the resulting negative effect on U.S. 
agricultural production. The conferees direct the Secretary to 
provide a report to the Committees on Appropriations of the 
House and Senate by March 1, 2002, detailing the value of the 
annual loss of U.S. agricultural production resulting from this 
deficit and the Department's authorities and plans to assist 
agricultural interests in the Rio Grande watershed with the 
financial ramifications of Mexico's water debt.
      Ohio School Food Service Authorities continue to work 
with other State agencies and the Department to develop an 
inspection system that ensures safety while maximizing the 
number of eligible children receiving the benefit of the 
program. The conferees direct the Department to continue to 
work towards developing a pilot project for school food safety 
inspections in Ohio, and to keep the Committees advised of any 
action on this matter.
      The conferees are aware that certain states have meat and 
poultry inspection standards that are as stringent as Federal 
standards, and that those states would like to be able to ship 
state-inspected meat interstate. The conferees encourage the 
Department to consider developing a limited pilot project that 
would allow for such shipment, involving the state of Ohio. The 
conferees direct the Department to provide a report to the 
Committees on Appropriations before the fiscal year 2003 
appropriations hearings regarding the feasibility of such a 
pilot project, including the legal requirements and a proposed 
design.

                          Executive Operations

                            chief economist

      The conference agreement provides $7,704,000 for the 
Chief Economist as proposed by the House instead of $7,648,000 
as proposed by the Senate.

                       national appeals division

      The conference agreement provides $12,869,000 for the 
National Appeals Division as proposed by the House instead of 
$12,766,000 as proposed by the Senate.

                 office of budget and program analysis

      The conference agreement provides $7,041,000 for the 
Office of Budget and Program Analysis as proposed by the House 
instead of $6,978,000 as proposed by the Senate.

                Office of the Chief Information Officer

      The conference agreement provides $10,029,000 for the 
Office of the Chief Information Officer instead of $10,325,000 
as proposed by the House and $10,261,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.

                      COMMON COMPUTING ENVIRONMENT

      The conferees do not agree that within the amount 
appropriated for common computing environment, $4,500,000 is 
for data storage infrastructure hardware and software, and of 
which $1,500,000 is for the same data storage technology for 
the combined administrative management system (CAMS) as 
proposed by the House. The conferees do not direct the use of a 
specific amount within the $4,500,000 available for data 
storage infrastructure, but note that it should be used for 
coordination with CAMS as proposed by the Senate.

                 Office of the Chief Financial Officer

      The conference agreement provides $5,384,000 for the 
Office of the Chief Financial Officer as proposed by the House 
instead of $5,335,000 as proposed by the Senate.

          Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration

      The conference agreement provides $647,000 for the Office 
of the Assistant Secretary for Administration as proposed by 
the Senate instead of $652,000 as proposed by the House.

        Agriculture Buildings and Facilities and Rental Payments

      The conference agreement provides $187,647,000 for 
agriculture buildings and facilities and rental payments 
instead of $177,647,000 as proposed by the House and 
$187,581,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conferees expect that in the event an agency within 
the Department should require modification of space needs, any 
transfers of funds for such modification should occur only 
between the agency requiring the modification and this account. 
The conferees also note that such transfers shall not exceed 5 
percent of the funds made available for space rental and 
related costs to or from this account.
      The conference agreement provides $31,438,000 for 
buildings operations as proposed by the House, and $25,943,000 
for the Strategic Space Plan as proposed by the Senate.

                      Departmental Administration

      The conference agreement provides $37,079,000 for 
Departmental Administration as proposed by the Senate instead 
of $37,398,000 as proposed by the House.

              OUTREACH FOR SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED FARMERS

      The conference agreement provides $3,243,000 for Outreach 
for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers instead of $2,993,000 as 
proposed by the House and $3,493,000 as proposed by the Senate.

     Office of the Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations

      The conference agreement provides $3,718,000 for the 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Congressional Relations 
as proposed by the House instead of $3,684,000 as proposed by 
the Senate.
      The conference agreement allows funds to be transferred 
to the agencies, but does not prescribe the amount of funds to 
be transferred. The conferees direct the Department, within 30 
days of enactment, to notify the Committees on the allocation 
of these funds, including an explanation for any agency-by-
agency distribution of these funds.

                        Office of Communications

      The conference agreement provides $8,894,000 for the 
Office of Communications as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$8,975,000 as proposed by the House.

                    Office of the Inspector General

      The conference agreement provides $70,839,000 for the 
Office of the Inspector General as proposed by the Senate 
instead of $71,429,000 as proposed by the House.

                     Office of the General Counsel

      The conference agreement provides $32,627,000 for the 
Office of the General Counsel as proposed by the Senate instead 
of $32,937,000 as proposed by the House.

  Office of the Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics

      The conference agreement provides $573,000 for the Office 
of the Under Secretary for Research, Education and Economics as 
proposed by the Senate instead of $578,000 as proposed by the 
House.

                       Economic Research Service

      The conference agreement provides $67,200,000 for the 
Economic Research Service as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$67,620,000 as proposed by the House.
      The conferees provide $9,195,000 for food program studies 
and evaluations under ERS, as proposed by the House, instead of 
$9,168,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conferees direct that funding provided for food 
program studies and evaluations work must be used in accordance 
with the statutes governing Federal nutrition assistance 
programs. These statutes, Section 17 of the Food Stamp Act of 
1977, Section 6 of the Richard B.Russell National School Lunch 
Act, and Section 17 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, authorize the 
use of funds to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of Federal 
nutrition assistance programs.

                National Agricultural Statistics Service

      The conference agreement provides $113,786,000 for the 
National Agricultural Statistics Service as proposed by the 
Senate instead of $114,546,000 as proposed by the House. Within 
that amount, the conferees make available $25,350,000 for the 
Census of Agriculture as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$25,456,000 as proposed by the House.

                     Agricultural Research Service

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The conference agreement provides $979,464,000 for 
Agricultural Research Service, Salaries and Expenses, instead 
of $971,365,000 as proposed by the House and $999,438,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement continues the fiscal year 2001 
level of funding for all research projects proposed to be 
terminated in the President's budget and for salaries and 
administrative expenses of the Agricultural Research Service. 
With respect to additional funding for various research 
activities, as specified in either the House or Senate reports 
accompanying the fiscal year 2002 appropriations bill, the 
conference agreement provides eighty percent of the increase 
provided. Where increased funding is provided by both the House 
and Senate for the same research activity, the conference 
agreement provides funding at eighty percent of the higher 
level.
      The conferees expect that research objectives related to 
woody genomics and breeding for the Southeast will be 
coordinated with the priorities of the Floriculture and Nursery 
Research Initiative as well as associated industry input. 
Further, the conferees expect that close cooperation will be 
established and maintained among the nursery and floral 
industry, the Agricultural Research Service, the University of 
Tennessee, and the Tennessee State University/ARS Nursery Crop 
Research Station in McMinnville to avoid duplication of effort.
      Increased funding provided by the conference agreement 
for residue management in sugarcane is to be carried out at the 
Houma, LA, worksite.
      Funding provided by the conference agreement for biobased 
products and bioenergy in New Orleans, LA, may be used for 
Nicholls State University to develop methods of using 
agricultural byproducts to decrease electricity costs.
      Increased funding provided by the conference agreement 
for Formosan subterranean termite research is available to 
expand the test area to a larger portion of the French Quarter 
of New Orleans, LA, and for detection and eradication research 
using directed energy technologies.
      The conference agreement includes an increase above the 
fiscal year 2001 level for Tropical and Subtropical 
Agricultural Research at the U.S. Pacific Basin Agricultural 
Research Center in Hawaii. The conferees direct the ARS to 
redirect existing funds allocated to the University of Hawaii 
related to Non-Toxic Control of Tephritid and Other Insects and 
Environmental Effects of Tephritid Fruit Fly Control and 
Eradication in order to make additional funds available in 
conjunction with the Center and the University of Hawaii at 
Hilo and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
      The conferees direct the Agricultural Research Service to 
submit a feasibility study to the Committees on Appropriations 
by March 1, 2002, on facility needs at the Woodward, OK, 
location, including the need for a conference center, and its 
plans to meet those requirements.

                        buildings and facilities

      The conference agreement provides $118,987,000 for the 
Agricultural Research Service, Buildings and Facilities, 
instead of $78,862,000 as proposed by the House and $99,625,000 
as proposed by the Senate.
      The following table reflects the conference agreement:

Arizona, Maricopa: U.S. Arid Land Agricultural Research 
    Center..............................................      $8,400,000
California:
    Western Human Nutrition Research Center, Davis......       5,000,000
    Western Regional Research Center, Albany............       3,800,000
District of Columbia: U.S. National Arboretum...........       4,600,000
Hawaii, Hilo: Pacific Basin Agriculture Research Center.       3,000,000
Idaho, Aberdeen: Advanced Genetics Laboratory...........         500,000
Illinois, Peoria: National Center for Agricultural 
    Utilization Research................................       6,500,000
Iowa, Ames: National Animal Disease Center..............      40,000,000
Kansas, Manhattan: Grain Marketing and Production 
    Research Center.....................................       3,000,000
Maine, Orono/Franklin: Northeast Marine Cold Water 
    Marine Aquaculture Center...........................       3,000,000
Maryland:
    National Agricultural Library.......................       1,800,000
    Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.............       3,000,000
Minnesota, St. Paul: Cereal Disease Laboratory..........         300,000
Mississippi:
    Horticultural Laboratory for the Gulf Coast, 
      Poplarville.......................................         800,000
    National Biological Control Laboratory, Stoneville..       8,400,000
New Mexico, Las Cruces: Jornado Experimental Range 
    Management Research Laboratory......................         475,000
New York: Plum Island Animal Disease Center.............       3,762,000
Oklahoma, Woodward: Southern Plains Range Research 
    Station.............................................       1,500,000
Pennsylvania, Philadelphia: Eastern Regional Research 
    Center..............................................       5,000,000
South Carolina, Charleston: U.S. Vegetable Laboratory...       4,500,000
South Dakota, Brookings: Northern Grain Insects Research 
    Laboratory..........................................         850,000
Utah, Logan: Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory........       5,600,000
West Virginia, Leetown: National Center for Cool and 
    Cold Water Aquaculture..............................       2,200,000
Wisconsin, Madison: Cereal Crops Research Laboratory....       3,000,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
    Total...............................................     118,987,000

      The conference agreement includes a direction to the ARS 
to conduct and provide to the Committees a feasibility study by 
March 1, 2002, on the establishment of a Center for Renewable 
Resources at Morgantown, West Virginia, instead of Jackson's 
Mill, West Virginia, as proposed by the Senate.
      The conferees are aware of facility needs associated with 
the Human Nutrition Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and 
that an opportunity now exists for the acquisition of realty in 
the vicinity of the Center. The conferees direct the agency to 
proceed with acquisition of this property from within available 
funds of the Center.

      Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service

                   research and education activities

      The conference agreement provides $542,062,000 for 
research and education activities instead of $507,452,000 as 
proposed by the House and $542,842,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The following table reflects the conference agreement:

Research and education activities

                        [In thousands of dollars]

                                                              Conference
  Research Activities:                                         agreement
    Payments under the Hatch Act..............................  $180,148
    Cooperative Forestry Research (McIntire-Stennis)..........    21,884
    Payments to 1890 Colleges and Tuskegee University.........    34,604
                    ==============================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
  Special Research Grants (P.L. 89-106):
    Advanced genetic technologies (KY)........................       600
    Advanced spatial technologies (MS)........................       978
    Aegilops cylindricum (jointed goatgrass) (WA).............       367
    Agricultural diversification (HI).........................       128
    Agricultural diversity/Red River Corridor (MN, ND)........       400
    Agriculture-based industrial lubricants (IA)..............         0
    Agriculture water usage (GA)..............................       293
    Agroecology (MD)..........................................       400
    Air quality (TX)..........................................       640
    Alliance for food protection (GA, NE).....................       293
    Alternative crops for arid lands (TX).....................       100
    Alternative nutrient management (VT)......................       186
    Alternative salmon products (AK)..........................       631
    Alternative uses for tobacco (MD).........................       360
    Animal science food safety consortium (AR, IA, KS)........     1,598
    Apple fire blight (MI, NY)................................       489
    Aquaculture (AR)..........................................       232
    Aquaculture (FL)..........................................       490
    Aquaculture (ID, WA)......................................       600
    Aquaculture (LA)..........................................       322
    Aquaculture (MS)..........................................       579
    Aquaculture (NC)..........................................       293
    Aquaculture (VA)..........................................       100
    Aquaculture product and marketing development (WV)........       733
    Armillaria root rot (MI)..................................       160
    Asparagus technology and production (WA)..................       260
    Babcock Institute (WI)....................................       588
    Beef technology transfer (MO).............................       294
    Biomass-based energy research (OK, MS)....................       960
    Biotechnology (NC)........................................       306
    Blocking anhydrous methamphetamine production (IA)........       242
    Bovine tuberculosis (MI)..................................       318
    Brucellosis vaccine (MT)..................................       485
    Center for rural studies (VT).............................       240
    Chesapeake Bay agroecology (MD)...........................       280
    Citrus canker (FL)........................................       490
    Citrus tristeza...........................................       725
    Competitiveness of agriculture products (WA)..............       665
    Cool season legume research (ID, WA)......................       321
    Cotton fiber quality (GA).................................       400
    Cranberry/blueberry (MA)..................................       172
    Cranberry/blueberry disease and breeding (NJ).............       216
    Crop diversification (MO, ND).............................       800
    Crop genomics (MS)........................................       640
    Crop integration and production (SD)......................       200
    Dairy and meat goat research (TX).........................        63
    Dairy farm profitability (PA).............................       294
    Delta rural revitalization (MS)...........................       201
    Designing foods for health (TX)...........................       690
    Diaprepes/root weevil (FL)................................       400
    Drought mitigation (NE)...................................       196
    Ecosystems (AL)...........................................       489
    Efficient irrigation (NM, TX).............................     1,176
    Environmental biotechnology (RI)..........................       400
    Environmental horticulture (FL)...........................       400
    Environmental research (NY)...............................       391
    Environmental risk factors/cancer (NY)....................       222
    Environmentally-safe products (VT)........................       240
    Exotic pest diseases (CA).................................     1,600
    Expanded wheat pasture (OK)...............................       286
    Farm injuries and illnesses (NC)..........................       278
    Feed barley for rangeland cattle (MT).....................       833
    Feedstock conversion (SD).................................       560
    Fish and shellfish technologies (VA)......................       465
    Floriculture (HI).........................................       400
    Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute (IA, MO)...     1,000
    Food irradiation (IA).....................................       245
    Food Marketing Policy Center (CT).........................       484
    Food processing center (NE)...............................        42
    Food quality (AK).........................................       342
    Food safety (AL)..........................................       608
    Food safety (OK)..........................................       400
    Food safety research consortium (NY)......................       800
    Food safety risk assessment (ND)..........................       800
    Food security (WA)........................................       400
    Food Systems Research Group (WI)..........................       490
    Forages for advancing livestock production (KY)...........       367
    Forestry (AR).............................................       512
    Generic commodity promotions, research and evaluation (NY)       194
    Global change/ultraviolet radiation.......................     1,402
    Grain sorghum (KS)........................................       104
    Grass seed cropping systems for sustainable agriculture 
      (ID, OR, WA)............................................       414
    Hoop barns (IA)...........................................       200
    Human nutrition (IA)......................................       463
    Human nutrition (LA)......................................       800
    Human nutrition (NY)......................................       609
    Hydroponic tomato production (OH).........................       100
    Illinois-Missouri Alliance for Biotechnology..............     1,214
    Improved dairy management practices (PA)..................       389
    Improved early detection of crop diseases (NC)............       194
    Improved fruit practices (MI).............................       239
    Increasing shelf life of agricultural commodities (ID)....       640
    Infectious disease research (CO)..........................       640
    Institute for Food Science & Engineering (AR).............     1,222
    Integrated production systems (OK)........................       176
    Intelligent quality sensor for food safety (ND)...........       360
    International arid lands consortium.......................       484
    Iowa Biotechnology Consortium.............................     1,530
    Livestock and Dairy Policy (NY, TX).......................       558
    Livestock genome sequencing (IL)..........................       400
    Lowbush blueberry research (ME)...........................       254
    Maple research (VT).......................................       120
    Meadowfoam (OR)...........................................       293
    Michigan biotechnology consortium.........................       481
    Midwest Advanced Food Manufacturing Alliance..............       452
    Midwest agricultural products (IA)........................       632
    Midwest poultry consortium (IA)...........................       400
    Milk safety (PA)..........................................       600
    Minor use animal drugs (IR-4).............................       588
    Molluscan shellfish (OR)..................................       391
    Montana Sheep Institute...................................       400
    Multi-commodity research (OR).............................       356
    Multi-cropping strategies for aquaculture (HI)............       124
    National beef cattle genetic evaluation consortium (NY)...       343
    National biological impact assessment program.............       248
    Nematode resistance genetic engineering (NM)..............       147
    Nevada arid rangelands initiative (NV)....................       400
    New crop opportunities (AK)...............................       485
    New crop opportunities (KY)...............................       735
    Non-food uses of agricultural products (NE)...............        64
    Nursery, greenhouse, turf specialties (AL)................       320
    Oil resources from desert plants (NM).....................       196
    Organic waste utilization (NM)............................       100
    Oyster post harvest treatment (FL)........................       400
    Ozone air quality (CA)....................................       400
    Pasture and forage research (UT)..........................       244
    Peach tree short life (SC)................................       175
    Pest control alternatives (SC)............................       280
    Phytophthora root rot (NM)................................       135
    Phytoremediation plant research (OH)......................       280
    Pierce's disease (CA).....................................     1,960
    Plant, drought, and disease resistance gene cataloging 
      (NM)....................................................       244
    Potato research...........................................     1,568
    Precision agriculture (KY)................................       733
    Preharvest food safety (KS)...............................       208
    Preservation and processing research (OK).................       221
    Protein utilization (IA)..................................       186
    Rangeland ecosystems (NM).................................       320
    Red snapper research (AL).................................       960
    Regional barley gene mapping project......................       760
    Regionalized implications of farm programs (MO, TX).......       287
    Ruminant nutrition consortium (MT, ND, SD, WY)............       400
    Rural Development Centers (PA, IA, ND, MS, OR, LA)........       560
    Rural Policies Research Institute (NE, IA, MO)............     1,040
    Russian wheat aphid (CO)..................................       320
    Satsuma orange research (AL)..............................       800
    Seafood and aquaculture harvesting, processing, and 
      marketing (MS)..........................................       298
    Seafood harvesting, processing, and marketing (AK)........     1,142
    Seafood safety (MA).......................................       400
    Small fruit research (OR, WA, ID).........................       392
    Soil and environmental quality (DE).......................       120
    Southwest consortium for plant genetics and water 
      resources...............................................       392
    Soybean cyst nematode (MO)................................       686
    Soybean research (IL).....................................       800
    STEEP--water quality in the Pacific Northwest.............       588
    Sustainable agriculture (CA)..............................       400
    Sustainable agriculture (MI)..............................       435
    Sustainable agriculture and natural resources (PA)........       123
    Sustainable agriculture systems (NE)......................        59
    Sustainable beef supply (MT)..............................     1,000
    Sustainable engineered materials from renewable resources 
      (VA)....................................................       400
    Sustainable pest management for dryland wheat (MT)........       452
    Swine and other animal waste management (NC)..............       489
    Synthetic gene technology (OH)............................       168
    Technological development of renewable resources (MO).....       294
    Tillage, silviculture, waste management (LA)..............       400
    Tomato wilt virus (GA)....................................       244
    Tri-state joint peanut research (AL)......................       600
    Tropical aquaculture (FL).................................       194
    Tropical and subtropical research/T STAR..................     8,000
    Value-added product development from agricultural 
      resources (MT)..........................................       324
    Value-added products (IL).................................       120
    Viticulture consortium (NY, CA, PA).......................     1,600
    Water conservation (KS)...................................        79
    Water use efficiency and water quality enhancements (GA)..       480
    Weed control (ND).........................................       426
    Wetland plants (LA).......................................       587
    Wheat genetic research (KS)...............................       255
    Wheat sawfly research (MT)................................       505
    Wood utilization (AK, ID, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, OR, TN).....     5,670
    Wool research (TX, MT, WY)................................       294
                    --------------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________

      Subtotal, Special Grants................................    97,008
                    ==============================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
  Improved pest control:
    Emerging pests/critical issues............................       200
    Expert IPM decision support system........................       177
    Integrated pest management................................     2,725
    IR-4 minor crop pest management...........................    10,485
    Pest management alternatives..............................     1,619
                    --------------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________

      Subtotal, Improved pest control.........................    15,206
                    ==============================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
National Research Initiative (NRI) competitive grants.........   120,452
                    ==============================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
Animal health and disease (sec. 1433).........................     5,098
  Alternative crops:
    Canola....................................................       693
    Hesperaloe and other natural products from desert plants..       231
Critical Agricultural Materials Act...........................       720
1994 Institutions research program............................       998
Institution challenge grants..................................     4,340
Graduate fellowships grants...................................     2,993
Multicultural scholars program................................       998
Hispanic education partnership grants.........................     3,492
Capacity building grants (1890 institutions)..................     9,479
Payments to the 1994 Institutions.............................     1,549
Alaska Native-serving and Native Hawaiian-serving Institutions 
    education grants..........................................     2,997
Secondary agriculture education...............................     1,000
Sustainable agriculture research and education/SARE...........    12,500
Aquaculture centers (sec. 1475)...............................     3,996
                    ==============================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
  Federal Administration:
    Agriculture-based industrial lubricants (IA)..............       360
    Agriculture development in the American Pacific...........       552
    Agriculture waste utilization (WV)........................       600
    Agriculture water policy (GA).............................       600
    Alternative fuels characterization laboratory (ND)........       294
    Animal waste management (OK)..............................       320
    Aquaculture (OH)..........................................       400
    Biotechnology (MS)........................................       680
    Botanical research (UT)...................................       640
    Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (IA)........       600
    Center for Innovative Food Technology (OH)................       765
    Center for North America Studies (TX).....................       200
    Cotton research (TX)......................................       880
    Data Information System...................................     2,078
    Feed efficiency (WV)......................................       160
    Fruit and vegetable market analysis (AZ, MO)..............       340
    Geographic information system.............................     1,199
    Germplasm development in forage grasses (OH)..............       100
    Livestock marketing information center (CO)...............       196
    Mariculture (NC)..........................................       360
    Mississippi Valley State University.......................       633
    National Center for Peanut Competitiveness (GA)...........       391
    Office of Extramural Programs.............................       439
    Pay costs and FERS........................................     1,386
    Peer Panels...............................................       342
    PM-10 air quality study (WA)..............................       426
    Precision agriculture/Tennessee valley research and 
      extension center (AL)...................................       480
    Produce pricing (AZ)......................................        76
    Salmon quality standards (AK).............................       120
    Shrimp aquaculture (AZ, HI, LA, MA, MS, SC, TX)...........     4,214
    Sustainable agriculture development (OH)..................       490
    Urban silviculture (NY)...................................       232
    Water pollutants (WV).....................................       206
    Water quality (IL)........................................       341
    Water quality (ND)........................................       417
    Wetland plants (WV).......................................       160
                    --------------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________

      Subtotal, Federal Administration........................    21,676
                    ==============================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
      Total, Research and Education Activities................   542,062

      The conference agreement does not include bill language 
which provides funds for payments to land-grant colleges of 
which $998,000 shall be made available to West Virginia State 
College in Institute, West Virginia, as proposed by the House.
      The conference agreement includes bill language which 
provides funds for payments to land-grant colleges 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 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement does not include bill language 
regarding a grant for Oklahoma State University and its 
industrial partners to develop chemical and biological sensors 
as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement does not include bill language 
regarding the Environmental Biotechnology initiative at the 
University of Rhode Island as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement does not include bill language 
regarding grants for authorized competitive research programs 
related to enhancement of the nitrogen-fixing ability and 
efficiency of plants as proposed by the House.
      The conference agreement includes bill language which 
provides $2,997,000 to individual eligible institutions or 
consortia of institutions in Alaska and Hawaii instead of 
$2,993,000 for such purposes as proposed by the House and 
$3,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      It is the intent of the conferees that the funds provided 
for wood utilization research be distributed to existing 
centers on a basis proportionate to each center's share of the 
fiscal year 2001 total program funding.
      The conference agreement includes $1,199,000 for the 
Geographic Information System Program. The conferees expect 
that the amount provided shall be made available for program 
activities of entities in the same areas as the fiscal year 
2001 level on a proportional basis and that program management 
costs will be kept at a minimum and any remaining funds will be 
distributed to the sites.

                          EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

      The conference agreement provides $439,473,000 for 
extension activities instead of $436,029,000 as proposed by the 
House and $433,546,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The following table reflects the conference agreement:

Extension activities

                        [In thousands of dollars]

                                                              Conference
                                                               agreement
Smith-Lever sections 3(b) and 3(c)............................  $275,940
Smith-Lever section 3(d):
    Farm safety...............................................     5,250
    Food and nutrition education..............................    58,566
    Indian reservation agents.................................     1,996
    Pest management...........................................    10,759
    Rural development centers.................................       953
    Sustainable agriculture...................................     4,750
    Youth at risk.............................................     8,481
    Youth farm safety education and certification.............       499
Renewable Resources Extension Act.............................     4,093
1890 Colleges and Tuskegee University.........................    31,181
1890 facilities grants........................................    13,500
Rural health and safety education.............................     2,622
Extension services at the 1994 institutions...................     3,273
                    --------------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________

      Subtotal................................................   421,863
                    ==============================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
  Federal Administration:
    Ag in the classroom.......................................       600
    Agricultural telecommunications (NY)......................       339
    Avian conservation (PA)...................................       320
    Beef producers improvement (AR)...........................       193
    Botanical garden initiative (IL)..........................       232
    Conservation technology transfer (WI).....................       490
    Dairy education (IA)......................................       232
    Delta Teachers Academy....................................         0
    Diabetes detection, prevention (WA).......................       906
    Efficient irrigation (NM, TX).............................     1,960
    Extension specialist (MS).................................       100
    Family farm beef industry network (OH)....................     1,372
    Food Animal Residue Avoidance Database/FARAD..............       800
    Food product development (AK).............................       280
    Health education leadership (KY)..........................       800
    Income enhancement demonstration (OH).....................       241
    Integrated cow/calf management (IA).......................       294
    Iowa vitality center......................................       280
    National Center for Agriculture Safety (IA)...............       196
    Pilot technology transfer (WI)............................       160
    Pilot technology transfer (OK, MS)........................       319
    Potato pest management (WI)...............................       396
    Range improvement (NM)....................................       240
    Rural development (AK)....................................       637
    Rural development (NM)....................................       363
    Rural rehabilitation (GA).................................       240
    Urban horticulture (WI)...................................       200
    Wood biomass as an alternative farm product (NY)..........       193
    General administration and pay............................     5,227
                    --------------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________

      Total, Federal Administration...........................    17,610
                    ==============================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
      Total, Extension Activities.............................   439,473

      The conference agreement includes language which permits 
$3,600,000 of the amount available under Smith-Lever 3(b) and 
3(c) to provide funding for the National 4-H Program Centennial 
Initiative as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement does not include bill language 
which provides funds for payments to land-grant colleges of 
which $998,000 shall be made available to West Virginia State 
College in Institute, West Virginia, as proposed by the House.
      The conference agreement includes bill language which 
provides funds for payments to land-grant colleges 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 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides $5,250,000 for farm 
safety, of which $4,050,000 is for the AgrAbility project.

                         INTEGRATED ACTIVITIES

      The conference agreement provides $42,853,000 for 
integrated activities instead of $43,355,000 as proposed by the 
House and $42,350,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The following table reflects the conference agreement:

Integrated activities

                        [In thousands of dollars]

                                                              Conference
  Integrated Research, Education and Extension Competitive     agreement
    Grants Program:
    Water Quality.............................................   $12,971
    Food Safety...............................................    14,967
    Pesticide Impact Assessment...............................     4,531
    Crops at Risk from FQPA Implementation....................     1,497
    FQPA Risk Mitigation Program for Major Food Crop Systems..     4,889
    Methyl Bromide Transition Program.........................     2,498
    Organic Transition Program................................     1,500
                    --------------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________

      Total, Integrated Activities............................    42,853

  Office of the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs

      The conference agreement provides $654,000 for the Office 
of the Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs as 
proposed by the Senate instead of $660,000 as proposed by the 
House.

               Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The conference agreement provides $620,490,000, of which 
$84,813,000 is derived from agricultural quarantine inspection 
user fees, for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 
(APHIS) instead of $587,386,000 as proposed by the House and 
$602,754,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The following table reflects the conference agreement:

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

                        [In thousands of dollars]

                                                              Conference
  Pest and Disease Exclusion:                                  agreement
    Agricultural quarantine inspection........................   $47,254
    User fees.................................................    84,813
                    --------------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________

      Subtotal, AQI...........................................   132,067
                    ==============================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
    Cattle ticks..............................................     6,232
    Foot-and-mouth disease....................................     3,839
    Fruit fly exclusion and detection.........................    36,818
    Import-export.............................................     8,132
    Screwworm.................................................    30,557
    Trade issues resolution management........................    11,367
    Tropical bont tick........................................       415
                    --------------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________

      Total, Pest and Disease Exclusion.......................   229,427
                    ==============================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
  Plant and Animal Health Monitoring:
    Animal health monitoring and surveillance.................    70,931
    Animal and plant health regulatory enforcement............     8,101
    Emergency management system...............................     4,044
    Pest detection............................................     6,844
                    --------------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________

      Total, Plant and Animal Health Monitoring...............    89,920
                    ==============================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
  Pest and Disease Management:
    Aquaculture...............................................     1,130
    Biological control........................................     8,759
    Boll Weevil...............................................    77,355
    Brucellosis...............................................     9,800
    Chronic wasting disease.............................................
    Emerg. plant pests........................................    43,130
    Golden nematode...........................................       810
    Gypsy moth................................................     4,559
    Imported fire ant.........................................     2,868
    Johne's disease...........................................     3,000
    Noxious weeds.............................................     1,255
    Pink bollworm.............................................     1,866
    Pseudorabies..............................................     4,151
    Scrapie...................................................     3,119
    Tuberculosis..............................................     8,694
    Wildlife services operations..............................    49,071
    Witchweed.................................................     1,520
                    --------------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________

      Total, Pest and Disease Management......................   221,087
                    ==============================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
  Animal Care:
    Animal welfare............................................    15,167
    Horse protection..........................................       415
                    --------------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________

      Total, Animal Care......................................    15,582
                    ==============================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
  Scientific and Technical Services:
    Biotechnology and environmental protection................    10,516
    Integrated systems acquisition project....................     1,748
    Plant methods.............................................     5,118
    Veterinary biologics......................................    11,763
    Veterinary diagnostics....................................    18,278
    Wildlife services methods development.....................    12,955
                    --------------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________

      Total, Scientific and Technical Services................    60,378
                    ==============================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
Contingency fund..............................................     4,096
Pay parity..............................................................
                    --------------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________

      Total, Salaries and Expenses............................   620,490

      Fruit fly exclusion and detection.--The conference 
agreement includes funds to address the inequity in the 
distribution of funds for fruit fly trapping in California and 
Florida by increasing the California program by $4,000,000 as 
proposed by the Senate instead of $2,000,000 as proposed by the 
House.
      Animal health monitoring and surveillance.--The 
conference agreement provides an increase of $2,429,000 for the 
animal health monitoring and surveillance (AHM&S;) program 
instead of $1,229,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement includes an additional $300,000 
for the National Poultry Improvement Plan instead of $750,000 
as proposed by the House and the fiscal year 2001 level of 
funding as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement includes a $750,000 increase for 
a cooperative agreement with the Wisconsin Livestock 
Identification Consortium for a pilot project instead of 
$1,000,000 as proposed by the House and $500,000 as proposed by 
the Senate.
      The conference agreement includes $100,000 to develop a 
bio-security demonstration and outreach program in cooperation 
with the Vermont Department of Agriculture and the University 
of Vermont College of Agriculture instead of $200,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement includes an increase of $750,000 
to implement a program for chronic wasting disease under the 
AHM&S; line item instead of $1,000,000 for a new line item as 
proposed by the Senate.
      Animal and plant health regulatory and enforcement.--The 
conference agreement includes an increase of $1,852,000 for the 
animal and plant health regulatory and enforcement program as 
proposed by the Senate instead of $1,000,000 as proposed by the 
House.
      The conferees direct the agency to include animal welfare 
violations and related enforcement responses in the agency's 
annual report to Congress.
      Emergency Management System.--The conference agreement 
provides an increase of $1,000,000 for the Emergency Management 
System instead of $2,000,000 as proposed by the House.
      Boll weevil.--The conference agreement provides 
$77,355,000 for boll weevil instead of $33,931,000 as proposed 
by the House and $79,157,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Brucellosis.--The conference agreement includes the 
fiscal year 2001 level of funding for the Greater Yellowstone 
Interagency Brucellosis Committee as proposed by the Senate 
instead of $600,000 as proposed by the House.
      Emerging plant pests.--The conference agreement includes 
$43,130,000 for the emerging plant pests program instead of 
$48,515,000 as proposed by the House and $28,557,000 as 
proposed by the Senate. Within this total, the conferees expect 
that $3,618,000 be provided for the base program. In addition 
to funds made available from the Commodity Credit Corporation, 
the conferees direct that of this appropriation, no less than 
$8,500,000 be provided for activities regarding the glassy-
winged sharpshooter; and no less than $31,030,000 be provided 
to combat emergency outbreaks of citrus canker in Florida, the 
Asian long-horned beetle in New York and Illinois (of which no 
less than $1,500,000 shall be for activities in the area of 
Chicago, Illinois), plum pox virus, and Mormon crickets and 
grasshoppers, of which $500,000 shall be for Utah.
      The conferees direct the Secretary of Agriculture to 
continue to use the authority provided in this bill to transfer 
funds from the Commodity Credit Corporation for the arrest and 
eradication of animal and plant pests and diseases that 
threaten American agriculture.
      Golden nematode.--The conference agreement provides an 
increase of $200,000 for golden nematode instead of $400,000 as 
proposed by the House.
      Imported fire ant.--The conference agreement includes 
$2,868,000, of which $45,000 is for New Mexico, for imported 
fire ants instead of $2,118,000 as proposed by the House and 
$3,618,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Noxious weeds.--The conference agreement includes an 
increase of $125,000 in association with the Nez-Perce Bio-
Control Center instead of $250,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Pink bollworm.--The conference agreement provides an 
increase of $250,000 over fiscal year 2001 for pink bollworm 
activities instead of $455,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Tuberculosis.--The conference agreement provides an 
increase of $3,231,000 for tuberculosis eradication activities 
instead of $6,463,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Wildlife services operations.--The conference agreement 
provides an increase of $300,000 for predator control 
activities in Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho instead of $500,000 
proposed by the House and Senate.
      The conference agreement provides $300,000 above the 
fiscal year 2001 funding level for the South Dakota Department 
of Game and Fish instead of $500,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides $125,000 for a cost 
sharing beaver control program in Louisiana instead of $250,000 
as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides $8,250,000 for a rabies 
control program instead of $16,500,000 as proposed by the House 
and $4,600,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees expect 
the agency to direct funds to Texas, West Virginia, Ohio, New 
York, Vermont, Wyoming, and other states.
      The conference agreement continues support for blackbird 
control activities in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Louisiana 
and, in addition, provides an increase of $240,000 for 
completion of an environmental impact statement necessary for a 
baiting program scheduled to begin in March of 2002.
      Animal welfare.--The conference agreement includes an 
increase of $2,400,000 for animal welfare as proposed by the 
House instead of $1,627,000 as proposed by the Senate, and 
directs APHIS to hire an additional 14 inspectors and support 
staff so that the overall number of inspections can increase, 
and those facilities that are in non-compliance may be re-
inspected more frequently. The conferees encourage the 
Secretary to use any additional funds made available during 
fiscal year 2001 for these activities to increase program 
effectiveness as quickly as possible, and remind the Secretary 
of Agriculture of the request for information on this subject 
in Senate Report 107-33.
      Integrated systems acquisition project.--The conference 
agreement provides an increase of $750,000 for the integrated 
systems acquisition project instead of $1,000,000 as proposed 
by the House.
      Veterinary biologics.--The conference agreement provides 
an increase of $1,036,000 for the Center for Veterinary 
Biologics instead of $1,186,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      Wildlife services methods development.--The conference 
agreement provides an increase of $1,500,000 for wildlife 
services methods development, of which $1,000,000 is to address 
infrastructure deficiencies at NWRC, and $500,000 is for non-
lethal predator control methods of which $50,000 is for work at 
the Monell Center in Pennsylvania.
      Avocados.--The conferees do not include House language 
directing the agency to report to the Congress prior to 
publishing any rules expanding the approved areas or 
lengthening time periods for importation of Mexican avocados. 
Those rules are in the process of being promulgated. The 
conferees direct APHIS to report to the Committees on 
Appropriations on the status of Mexican avocado imports, 
including any problems in pest surveys, and oversight by APHIS 
personnel, including the diversion of Mexican avocados to other 
than approved destinations.
      The conferees have been made aware of reports regarding 
captive polar bears recently imported in the United States and 
request APHIS to report back to the Committees on 
Appropriations by January 1, 2002 on this matter.
      The conferees are concerned about the spread of West Nile 
Virus in Illinois and expect APHIS to work with the State of 
Illinois and the University of Illinois on cooperative ways to 
conduct research, monitor, and respond to the outbreak, 
including using contingency funds for these efforts.
      The conferees encourage APHIS, in order to strengthen 
protections of U.S. meat and poultry supply, to expedite the 
development of its automated database system to track imported 
meat and animal product shipments and its Automated Manifest 
System, designed to automatically target shipments for hold.

                        BUILDINGS AND FACILITIES

      The conference agreement provides $7,189,000 for Animal 
and Plant Health Inspection Service Buildings and Facilities as 
proposed by the House instead of $5,189,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.

                     Agricultural Marketing Service

                           MARKETING SERVICES

      The conference agreement provides $71,430,000 for the 
Agricultural Marketing Service as proposed by the Senate 
instead of $71,774,000 as proposed by the House. The total 
amount includes $5,980,000 for the Livestock Mandatory Price 
Reporting Program as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$5,900,000 as proposed by the House.
      The conferees expect the Microbiological Data Program to 
produce national, consistent, and statistically reliable data 
that may be used for research and risk analysis purposes by 
federal agencies such as USDA, FDA, and CDC, state health 
departments, researchers, and other stakeholders. The 
Agricultural Marketing Service is encouraged to contract for 
the data collection with organizations that have demonstrated 
research and technical competence, and that are not barred by 
statute from administering a blinded microbiological survey 
program for fruits and vegetables. In order to ensure that the 
data collected will be useful, and to avoid duplication of 
effort, the conferees expect AMS to hold a public meeting, 
within 60 days of enactment, to present a detailed data 
collection proposal and seek input from all interested parties.

          FUNDS FOR STRENGTHENING MARKETS, INCOME, AND SUPPLY

                              (SECTION 32)

      The conference agreement provides $13,995,000 for Funds 
for Strengthening Markets, Income and Supply as proposed by the 
House instead of $13,874,000 as proposed by the Senate.

        Grain Inspection, Packers, and Stockyards Administration

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The conference agreement provides $33,117,000 for the 
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration as 
proposed by the House instead of $34,000,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.

             Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety

      The conference agreement provides $476,000 for the Office 
of the Under Secretary for Food Safety as proposed by the 
Senate instead of $481,000 as proposed by the House.

                   Food Safety and Inspection Service

      The conference agreement provides $715,642,000 for the 
Food Safety and Inspection Service instead of $720,652,000 as 
proposed by the House and $715,747,000 as proposed by the 
Senate.
      The conference agreement includes $608,730,000 for 
federal food inspection.
      The conference agreement provides an increase of $100,000 
over the fiscal year 2002 budget request for activities related 
to the Codex Alimentarius.
      The conference agreement includes the following amounts, 
which fully fund food inspection activities at the requested 
level.

Food Safety and Inspection Service, funding by activity

                        [In thousands of dollars]

                                                              Conference
        FSIS activity                                          agreement
Federal Food Inspection.......................................  $608,730
Import-Export Inspection......................................    12,127
Laboratory Services...........................................    36,548
FAIM..........................................................     8,005
Grants........................................................    42,517
Special Assistance to States..................................     5,220
Codex.........................................................     2,495
                    --------------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________

                                                                 715,642
                    ==============================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
  Food Safety Inspection:
    Federal...................................................   638,513
    State.....................................................    47,418
    International.............................................    15,344
    FAIM......................................................    11,872
    Codex.....................................................     2,495
                    --------------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________

                                                                 715,642

    Office of the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural 
                                Services

      The conference agreement provides $606,000 for the Office 
of the Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural 
Services as proposed by the Senate instead of $611,000 as 
proposed by the House.

                          Farm Service Agency

                         SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The conference agreement provides $939,030,000 for the 
Farm Service Agency as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$945,993,000 as proposed by the House.

                         STATE MEDIATION GRANTS

      The conference agreement provides $3,493,000 for State 
Mediation Grants instead of $2,993,000 as proposed by the House 
and $3,993,000 as proposed by the Senate.

                        DAIRY INDEMNITY PROGRAM

      The conference agreement provides $100,000 for the Dairy 
Indemnity Program as proposed by both the House and the Senate, 
and includes bill language that provides by reference the 
guidelines for making indemnity payments as proposed by the 
House.

           AGRICULTURAL CREDIT INSURANCE FUND PROGRAM ACCOUNT

      The following table reflects the conference agreement:

Farm Ownership Loans:
    Direct..............................................  ($146,996,000)
    Subsidy.............................................       3,866,000
    Guaranteed.......................................... (1,000,000,000)
    Subsidy.............................................       4,500,000
Farm Operating Loans:
    Direct..............................................   (611,198,000)
    Subsidy.............................................      54,580,000
    Unsubsidized guaranteed............................. (1,500,000,000)
    Subsidy.............................................      52,650,000
    Subsidized guaranteed...............................   (505,531,000)
    Subsidy.............................................      68,550,000
Indian Tribe Land Acquisition Loans.....................     (2,000,000)
    Subsidy.............................................         118,400
Emergency Disaster Loans................................    (25,000,000)
    Subsidy.............................................       3,362,500
Boll Weevil Eradication Loans...........................   (100,000,000)

      The conference agreement includes bill language that 
breaks out the direct loan and subsidy amounts as proposed by 
the House.
      The conference agreement provides $280,595,000 for 
administrative expenses of which $272,595,000 shall be 
transferred to the Farm Service Agency for this purpose as 
proposed by the Senate instead of $282,769,000 for 
administrative expenses of which $274,769,000 shall be 
transferred as proposed by the House.
      The conference agreement includes bill language providing 
that the Committees on Appropriations are to be notified at 
least 15 days in advance of any transfer of funds as proposed 
by the House instead of language requiring prior approval as 
proposed by the Senate.

                         Risk Management Agency

      The conference agreement provides $74,752,000 for the 
Risk Management Agency (RMA) instead of $75,142,000 as proposed 
by the House and $73,752,000 as proposed by the Senate.

                              CORPORATIONS

                   Commodity Credit Corporation Fund

       OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE FOR HAZARDOUS WASTE MANAGEMENT

                        (LIMITATION ON EXPENSES)

      The conference agreement includes the account heading 
``(Limitation on Expenses)'' as proposed by the Senate. The 
House had no such heading.

                    TITLE II--CONSERVATION PROGRAMS

  Office of the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment

      The conference agreement provides $730,000 for the Office 
of the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment as 
proposed by the Senate instead of $736,000 as proposed by the 
House.

               Natural Resources and Conservation Service

                        CONSERVATION OPERATIONS

      The conference agreement provides $779,000,000 for 
Conservation Operations instead of $782,762,000 as proposed by 
the House and instead of $807,454,000 as proposed by the 
Senate, of which not less than $8,515,000 is for snow survey 
and water forecasting as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$7,137,000 as proposed by the House; not less than $9,849,000 
is for operation and establishment of plant materials centers 
as proposed by the Senate instead of $9,349,000 as proposed by 
the House; and, not less than $21,500,000 for the grazing lands 
conservation initiative instead of $20,000,000 as proposed by 
the House and $23,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement does not provide $30,500,000 for 
conservation reserve program (CRP) technical assistance as 
proposed by the House; nor do the conferees include House 
language directing the Secretary to spend up to $8,500,000 from 
CCC Section 11 for CRP technical assistance. The conference 
agreement includes a provision that allows the Secretary to 
transfer up to $13,000,000 from the environmental quality 
incentives program for CRP technical assistance instead of 
$26,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The conferees note that 
the CCC Section 11 cap was recently revised upwards from 
$36,208,700 to $56,102,700. The conferees strongly encourage 
the Secretary, in addition to the funds available for transfer 
from the environmental quality incentives program, to use CCC 
Section 11 funds to ensure that CRP technical assistance is 
fully funded in fiscal year 2002.
      In addition to the items in the House and Senate reports 
that are not changed by the conference agreement, funding is 
included for the following items: $300,000 for the Sand 
Mountain Water Quality Project (AL); $150,000 for the Central 
Alabama/Birmingham Water Quality Initiative; $200,000 for the 
Gulf Coast Water Quality/conservation initiative (AL); Juneau 
and Glennallen Offices (AK) $250,000; $500,000 to staff each 
Soil and Water Conservation District (AK); $375,000 for the 
Little Red River Irrigation Project (AR); $125,000 for the 
Walnut Bayou Irrigation Project (AR); $150,000 for the Upper 
Petit Jean Watershed Project (AR); $375,000 for agriculture 
enhancement/open space (CA); Manatee Agriculture Reuse System 
(FL) $500,000; Georgia Agricultural Water Conservation 
Initiative $500,000; Little Wood River Irrigation District 
Delivery System (ID) $500,000; conversion to sprinkler 
irrigation (ID) $500,000; Hungry Canyon/Loess Hills Erosion 
Control (IA) $800,000; $200,000 for CEMSA with Iowa Soybean 
Association; Soil erosion control/soil survey (KY) $1,700,000; 
Golden Meadows PMC (LA) $344,000; Barataria-Terrebone National 
Estuary Program (LA) $125,000; Lyon Canyon Creek Drainage 
Improvement-Taylorsville (MS) $400,000; Cattle and nutrient 
management (MS) $475,000; Chickasaway River-Quitman Planning 
and Design (MS) $75,000; Choctaw County Feasibility Study for 
surface impoundment (MS) $75,000; Mill Creek Watershed channel 
modification--Magee (MS) $900,000; Jamie Whitten PMC (MS) 
$275,000; Wildlife Management Institute (MS) $5,609,000, an 
increase of $900,000; Lake Tahoe Basin Soil Conservation 
Project (CA/NV) $350,000; Westchester County SWCD (NY) 
$325,000; $200,000 for the refinement, integration, and 
implementation of computer tools to improve nutrient management 
planning on dairy farms (NY); $130,000 for a cooperative 
agreement with Pace University (NY); Red River Flood 
Prevention/Environmental Research Center (ND) $700,000; Oregon 
Garden, Silverton (OR) $325,000; Advanced Wetland Plant 
Research-Hillsboro (OR) $125,000; study to characterize land 
use change-Clemson University (SC) $550,000; GIS based model 
(SC) $600,000; field office telecommunications pilot program 
(TX) $3,000,000; and Great Lakes Basin Program for Soil and 
Erosion Sediment $1,250,000.
      The conferees provide $100,000 for the Weed It Now 
initiative in the southern Taconic Mountains of Massachusetts, 
New York and Connecticut.
      The conferees provide $3,000,000, the same amount as 
fiscal year 2001, for matching funds to the National Fish and 
Wildlife Foundation. This Federal financial assistance shall be 
advanced without regard to when expenses are incurred for 
projects on or benefiting the mission of the Natural Resources 
Conservation Service.
      The conferees continue funding for the Texas plant 
materials centers at not less than the fiscal year 2001 funding 
levels.
      The conference agreement provides $250,000 as proposed by 
the Senate instead of $150,000 as proposed by the House, for a 
cooperative agreement with the Wisconsin State Department of 
Agriculture to expand the Wisconsin grazing lands initiative to 
augment the funding that this initiative is receiving through 
the environmental quality incentives program.
      The conference agreement provides $5,000,000, the same as 
fiscal year 2001, for the continued implementation and 
acceleration of pilot projects for innovative technology 
systems resulting in a 75 percent reduction in nutrients of 
wastewater 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 does not include $1,250,000 for 
the Seward/Resurrection River North Forest Acres (AK) as 
proposed by the Senate, or $1,500,000 for field 
telecommunications pilot program (NM) as proposed by the House.

                     WATERSHED SURVEYS AND PLANNING

      The conference agreement provides $10,960,000 for 
Watershed Surveys and Planning as proposed by the Senate 
instead $11,030,000 as proposed by the House.

               WATERSHED AND FLOOD PREVENTION OPERATIONS

      The conference agreement provides $106,590,000 for 
Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations instead of 
$111,143,000 as proposed by the House and $100,413,000 as 
proposed by the Senate. The conference agreement includes 
$15,000,000 for watersheds authorized under the Flood Control 
Act of 1936 as proposed by the Senate instead of $10,000,000 as 
proposed by the House.
      The conferees provide funds for continuing work in 
connection with the Hickory Creek, Marthasville, West Fork of 
Big Creek, East Fork of Grand River, McKenzie Creek, Upper 
Locust Creek, Troublesome Creek, and East Yellow Creek, 
Missouri.
      The conferees provide funds for the following projects in 
Mississippi: to finish the installation of the remaining 
channel work on Coonewah Creek, Lee County; for flood control 
in the Pearl River Basin, Dry Creek watershed, Marion County; 
for installation of grade stabilization structures in the Skuna 
River; to provide bank stabilization structures in the 
Strayhorn Creek Watershed; and for the study, planning and 
design of flood water retarding structures in the Pellaphalia 
Creek Watershed, Carthage.

                    watershed rehabilitation program

      The conference agreement includes a new account for the 
Watershed Rehabilitation Program and provides $10,000,000 as 
proposed by the Senate. The House had a similar provision under 
Watershed Flood Prevention Operations. The conferees expect 
that priorities under this program be given only to those 
structures which pose the highest risk to life and property.

                 resource conservation and development

      The conference agreement provides $48,048,000 for 
Resource Conservation and Development as proposed by the Senate 
instead of $48,361,000 as proposed by the House.
      The conference agreement includes funds to maintain 
funding for the eight councils that were funded out of the Fund 
for Rural America in fiscal year 2001. The conferees provide 
$1,125,000 for pay cost as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$1,438,000 as proposed by the House. The conference agreement 
includes $1,000,000 to bring the per council allocation closer 
to the $161,000 level recommended by USDA, and $3,000,000 to 
fund the maximum number of pending applications for new 
councils that the $3,000,000 will allow.

                      forestry incentives program

      The conference agreement provides $6,811,000 for the 
Forestry Incentives Program instead of $7,811,000 as proposed 
by the Senate.
      The conferees note authorization under the Forestry 
Incentives Program for removal and site preparation for 
replanting on private lands which may serve to reduce the 
potential of wildfires and directs the agency, where 
appropriate, to provide resources for that purpose, utilizing 
flexibility regarding minimum productivity requirements.

                 TITLE III--RURAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

          Office of the Under Secretary for Rural Development

      The conference agreement provides $623,000 for the Office 
of the Under Secretary for Rural Development as proposed by the 
Senate instead of $628,000 as proposed by the House.
      The conferees expect the Department to give consideration 
to the following requests for assistance from rural development 
programs: community facilities grant for the transfer of the 
Audubon Sugar Institute at the Louisiana State University 
Agricultural Center; funding for the International Agri-Center, 
Inc. in Tulare, California; assistance from the distance 
learning and telemedicine program to the Commonwealth of 
Kentucky for the Kentucky Telehealth Network, to expand 
telemedicine services in rural Kentucky; funding for a 
feasibility study of the Public Market project in Springfield, 
MA; assistance from community facilities loan and grant 
programs to build a Regional Health Center by the Community 
Medical Centers of Fresno, CA; assistance from the rural 
business opportunity grant program for the Appalachian 
Information Technology Partnership (WV); assistance for the 
Women in Technology Project, Hawaii and Wisconsin; assistance 
to deal with the deteriorating situation that exists within the 
Pascoag Utility District, RI, due to contamination of the 
District's groundwater; assistance to the City of Nanticoke, PA 
for a Downtown Redevelopment Initiative; assistance for the 
development of sewer service in Kinsman Township, OH; 
assistance for a wastewater treatment upgrade in Columbiana, 
OH; a guaranteed business and industry loan for Fayette, AL; 
Montana Rural Business Accelerator, MT; and assistance for 
extension of water lines in Lake Milton and Craig Beach, OH.
      The conferees note the important work provided through 
the National Rural Development Partnership, and its associated 
State Rural Development Councils, and encourage the Department 
to continue support for these efforts from within available 
funds.

                  rural community advancement program

      The conference agreement provides $806,557,000 for the 
Rural Community Advancement Program (RCAP) instead of 
$767,465,000 as proposed by the House and $1,004,125,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement does not include Senate language 
that specifies program levels within the total made available 
under the RCAP for assistance to Federally Recognized Native 
American Tribes. The conferees are aware of housing, utility, 
business opportunity, and educational infrastructure needs and 
direct the Department to allocate program benefits in a manner 
that best serves the requirements of this population, but 
expect that up to $4,000,000 shall be available for community 
facilities grants to tribal colleges.
      The conference agreement adopts Senate language providing 
$24,000,000 for rural and native villages in Alaska.
      The conference agreement adopts Senate language providing 
for up to one percent of funds provided for water and waste 
disposal systems in Alaska for program administration and up to 
one percent to improve interagency coordination instead of one 
percent as proposed by the House.
      The conference agreement provides $17,465,000 for 
technical assistance grants for rural water and waste systems.
      The conferees provide bill language that of the funds 
provided for technical assistance for rural water and waste 
systems, $5,250,000 be designated for Rural Community 
Assistance Programs.
      The conference agreement adopts language setting aside 
$11,000,000 for the circuit rider program and expects that this 
will provide sufficient funds for a third circuit rider in 
approximately 15 states, including Mississippi.
      The conference agreement adopts Senate language setting 
aside $25,000,000 for facilities in rural communities with 
extreme unemployment and severe economic depression.
      The conference agreement adopts Senate language setting 
aside $30,000,000 for grants in rural communities with 
extremely high-energy costs.
      The conference agreement adopts Senate language allowing 
funds provided for guaranteed business and industry loans to be 
transferred for direct business and industry loans as deemed 
necessary by the Secretary.
      The conferees are aware that raw sewage is spilling into 
the Talkeetna River, Alaska, and threatens to contaminate the 
City of Talkeetna's drinking water supply because the sewer 
system has failed. Within the funds provided for water and 
waste disposal systems for rural and native villages in Alaska, 
the managers expect adequate funds to be made available to make 
emergency and permanent repairs to bring the system into 
compliance with applicable federal and state clean water 
requirements.
      The following table indicates the distribution of funding 
for the RCAP:

Community Facilities....................................     $83,545,000
Business-Cooperative Development........................      76,500,000
Water and Waste.........................................     646,512,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Total.............................................     806,557,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
Federally Recognized Native American Tribes.............      24,000,000
Rural Community Development Initiative..................       6,000,000
Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation...........         500,000
Mississippi Delta.......................................       2,000,000
Colonias................................................      20,000,000
Alaska Villages.........................................      24,000,000
Technical Assistance....................................      17,465,000
Circuit Rider...........................................      11,000,000
EZ/EC and REAP..........................................      37,624,000
Economic impact initiative grants.......................      25,000,000
High energy costs grants................................      30,000,000

                RURAL DEVELOPMENT SALARIES AND EXPENSES

      The conference agreement provides $133,722,000 for Rural 
Development Salaries and Expenses as proposed by the Senate 
instead of $134,733,000 as proposed by the House.
      The conferees have provided $200,000, within available 
funds, for the Alaska State office to maintain existing field 
offices, to establish an Assistant State Director position and 
new field offices to be collocated to the maximum extent 
possible with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. A 
staffing plan for the Alaska State office should be submitted 
by the Rural Development Agency to the Committees on 
Appropriations no later than December 15, 2001.

                         Rural Housing Service

              RURAL HOUSING INSURANCE FUND PROGRAM ACCOUNT

      The conference agreement provides a total subsidy of 
$245,887,000 for activities under the Rural Housing Insurance 
Fund Program Account instead of $243,887,000 as proposed by the 
House and $247,887,000 as proposed by the Senate. The 
conference agreement provides for an estimated loan program 
level of $4,485,846,000 instead of $4,470,648,000 as proposed 
by the House and $4,501,044,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement adopts Senate language providing 
for a transfer of $422,241,000 to salaries and expenses instead 
of $422,910,000 as proposed by the House.
      The conference agreement adopts House language that 
allows up to $5,986,197 to be transferred from the section 515 
rental housing program to the rental assistance program for 
emergency designations.
      The conferees are aware of the storm damage that occurred 
in Oklahoma on October 9, 2001, and urge the Secretary to give 
high priority to section 502 loan and grant applications for 
housing reparations.
      The following table indicates loan and subsidy levels 
provided in the conference agreement:

Rural Housing Insurance Fund Program Account:
    Loan authorizations:
        Single family (sec. 502)........................($1,079,848,000)
            Unsubsidized guaranteed..................... (3,137,968,000)
        Rental housing (sec. 515).......................   (114,068,000)
        Multi-family housing guarantees (sec. 538)......    (99,770,000)
        Housing repair (sec. 504).......................    (32,324,000)
        Credit sales of acquired property...............    (11,778,000)
        Site loans (sec. 524)...........................     (5,090,000)
        Self-help housing land development fund.........     (5,000,000)
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
          Total, Loan authorizations.................... (4,485,846,000)
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
    Loan subsidies:
        Single family (sec. 502)........................     142,108,000
            Unsubsidized guaranteed.....................      40,166,000
        Rental housing (sec. 515).......................      48,274,000
        Multi-family housing guarantees (sec. 538)......       3,921,000
        Housing repair (sec. 504).......................      10,386,000
        Credit sales of acquired property...............         750,000
        Site loans (sec. 524)...........................          28,000
        Self-help housing land development fund.........         254,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
          Total, Loan subsidies.........................     245,887,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
RHIF administration expenses (transfer to RD)...........     422,241,000

                       RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

      The conference agreement provides $701,004,000 for the 
Rental Assistance Program instead of $693,504,000 as proposed 
by the House and $708,504,000 as proposed by the Senate.

                  MUTUAL AND SELF-HELP HOUSING GRANTS

      The conference agreement provides $35,000,000 for Mutual 
and Self-Help Housing Grants as proposed by the Senate and 
$33,925,000 as proposed by the House.

                       FARM LABOR PROGRAM ACCOUNT

      The conference agreement provides $31,431,000 for the 
Farm Labor Program Account as proposed by the House instead of 
$28,431,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides $13,464,000 for loan 
subsidies and $17,967,000 for grants, of which $15,000,000 is 
for farm labor housing grants and $2,967,000 is for grants for 
migrant and seasonal farmworkers.

                  Rural Business--Cooperative Service

              RURAL DEVELOPMENT LOAN FUND PROGRAM ACCOUNT

      The conference agreement adopts Senate language providing 
for a transfer of $3,733,000 to salaries and expenses instead 
of $3,761,000 as proposed by the House.

                  RURAL COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT GRANTS

      The conference agreement provides $7,750,000 for Rural 
Cooperative Development Grants instead of $7,500,000 as 
proposed by the House and $8,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement adopts House language providing 
$2,500,000 for the appropriate technology transfer for rural 
areas program instead of $2,000,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement adopts Senate language providing 
not to exceed $1,497,000 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.

       RURAL EMPOWERMENT ZONES AND ENTERPRISE COMMUNITIES GRANTS

      The conference agreement adopts Senate language that 
makes funds available for grants authorized by the Omnibus 
Consolidated and Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act, 
1999 (Public Law 105-277).

                        Rural Utilities Service

   RURAL ELECTRIFICATION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS LOANS PROGRAM ACCOUNT

      The conference agreement provides a total subsidy of 
$2,036,000 for activities under the Rural Electrification and 
Telecommunications Loans Program Account. The conference 
agreement provides for an estimated loan program level of 
$4,565,934,000 as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$4,610,292,000 as proposed by the House.
      The conference agreement adopts Senate language providing 
for a transfer of $36,000,000 to salaries and expenses instead 
of $36,322,000 as proposed by the House. Included in this 
amount is an increase of $400,000 for additional administrative 
expenses due to the recommended loan levels in the electric 
treasury rate and FFB accounts.
      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...........................  ($121,107,000)
            Direct, Muni................................   (500,000,000)
            Direct, FFB................................. (2,600,000,000)
            Direct, Treasury rate.......................   (750,000,000)
            Guaranteed..................................   (100,000,000)
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
              Subtotal.................................. (4,071,107,000)
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
        Telecommunications:
            Direct, 5 percent...........................    (74,827,000)
            Direct, Treasury rate.......................   (300,000,000)
            Direct, FFB.................................   (120,000,000)
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
              Subtotal..................................   (494,827,000)
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
              Total, loan authorizations................ (4,565,934,000)
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
    Loan subsidies:
        Electric:
            Direct, 5 percent...........................       3,609,000
            Direct, Muni................................           (\1\)
            Direct, FFB.................................           (\1\)
            Direct, Treasury rate.......................           (\1\)
            Guaranteed..................................          80,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
              Subtotal..................................       3,689,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
        Telecommunications:
            Direct, 5 percent...........................       1,736,000
            Direct, Treasury rate.......................         300,000
            Direct, FFB.................................           (\1\)
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
              Subtotal..................................       2,036,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
              Total, loan subsidies.....................       5,725,000
RETLP administrative expenses (transfer to RD)..........      36,000,000
Total, Rural Electrification and Telecommunications 
    Loans Program Account...............................      41,725,000

\1\ Negative subsidy rates for fiscal year 2002 are calculated for these 
programs.
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                  RURAL TELEPHONE BANK PROGRAM ACCOUNT

      The conference agreement provides $3,737,000 for the 
Rural Telephone Bank Program Account as proposed by the Senate 
instead of $2,584,000 as proposed by the House.
      The conference agreement adopts Senate language providing 
for a transfer of $3,082,000 to salaries and expenses instead 
of $3,107,000 as proposed by the House.

               DISTANCE LEARNING AND TELEMEDICINE PROGRAM

      The conference agreement provides $49,441,000 for the 
Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program instead of 
$26,941,000 as proposed by the House and $51,941,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement includes language setting aside 
$22,500,000 to finance broadband transmission and local dial-up 
service in rural areas, of which at least $12,500,000 is to be 
made available for grants to carry out this program.
      The conference agreement provides for an estimated loan 
program level of $300,000,000 for distance learning and 
telemedicine loans and $80,000,000 for broadband 
telecommunication loans.

            LOCAL TELEVISION LOAN GUARANTEE PROGRAM ACCOUNT

      The conference agreement provides $20,000,000 for the 
Local Television Loan Guarantee Program instead of $25,000,000 
as proposed by the Senate. The House bill provided no funds for 
this account. The conference agreement provides for an 
estimated loan program level of $258,065,000 instead of 
$322,580,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement adopts Senate language providing 
for a transfer of $2,000,000 to salaries and expenses.

                    TITLE IV--DOMESTIC FOOD PROGRAMS

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

      The conference agreement provides $587,000 for the Office 
of the Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer 
Services as proposed by the Senate instead of $592,000 as 
proposed by the House.
      The conferees direct the Department to provide $100,000 
to the State of New York for a pilot program to provide 
wireless equipment and services capable of supporting Food 
Stamp Electronic Benefit Transfer transactions in farmers' 
markets authorized by the Department and operating in the State 
of New York. The conference agreement does not include language 
relating to the use of WIC Electronic Benefit Transfer funds 
for state initiatives to implement pilot programs relating to 
wireless purchases at farmers' markets.
      The conferees are concerned about the effect of rising 
food and labor costs on school meal programs, and request a 
report to the Committees on Appropriations on USDA plans to 
address this subject by June 30, 2002, instead of by January 
31, 2002 as proposed by the House. The response should address 
all requirements as proposed by the House under this account 
and by the Senate as proposed in the Child Nutrition Program 
account.
      The conference agreement includes $10,000,000 under the 
Commodity Assistance Program to carry out the Senior Farmers 
Market Program in fiscal year 2002. While this action indicates 
strong support on the part of the conferees for this program, 
it does not replace expectations that the Secretary will 
consider these funds supplemental to resources of the Commodity 
Credit Corporation, as provided by the Department in fiscal 
year 2001. In addition, the conferees fully expect the 
Secretary to work with the appropriate authorization committees 
to establish this program under law.
      The conferees recognize that childhood obesity and adult 
diseases in children, such as type II diabetes of which poor 
nutrition is the major contributing factor, have become a 
serious problem. In response, the conferees believe that 
nutrition education is crucial to the health and well-being of 
our nation's children, and the Department should have a 
significant nutrition education program in our schools, 
including through in-school educational networks and school 
menus. Therefore, the conferees urge the Secretary to put an 
increased emphasis on nutrition education and training.
      The conferees are concerned about the nutritional status 
and obesity levels of our nation's children and are aware of 
recent studies that indicate a nutritionally adequate diet, 
which includes increased amounts of quality, fresh produce, is 
integral to better health and educational preparedness. In 
order to improve efficiencies and increase levels of fresh 
produce available to children, the conferees expect the 
Department to analyze the current levels of fresh produce in 
its nutrition programs, including the school lunch program, 
review its method of transportation and efficiency of 
distribution utilizing Defense facilities, and undertake 
outreach efforts to increase produce purchases under sections 4 
and 11 of the National School Lunch Act and report back to the 
Committees on Appropriations no later than 120 days after 
enactment of this Act.

                       Food and Nutrition Service

                        CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAMS

      The conference agreement provides $10,087,246,000 for 
Child Nutrition Programs as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$10,088,746,000 as proposed by the House.
      Included in this amount is an appropriated amount of 
$4,914,788,000 and a transfer from section 32 of 
$5,172,458,000. The transfer amount from section 32 was changed 
due to updated information available from the Department. 
Included in the appropriated amount is $500,000 for a school 
breakfast pilot project in Wisconsin, as proposed by the 
Senate. The House had no similar provision.
      The conference agreement does not include $2,000,000 for 
a National School Lunch Program integrity study as proposed by 
the House. This study is funded under the Food Program 
Administration account, as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides the following for Child 
Nutrition programs:

Total obligational authority

Child Nutrition Programs:
    School lunch program................................  $5,759,232,000
    School breakfast program............................   1,579,752,000
    Child and adult care food program...................   1,878,179,000
    Summer food service program.........................     325,341,000
    Special milk program................................      15,940,000
    State administrative expenses.......................     129,929,000
    Commodity procurement and support...................     381,877,000
    School meals initiative/Team nutrition..............       9,991,000
    Coordinated review effort...........................       4,507,000
    Food safety education...............................       1,998,000
    School breakfast pilot project......................         500,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Total.............................................  10,087,246,000

      The conference agreement does not include language 
relating to study of the effect of rising food and labor costs 
on school-based child nutrition programs as proposed by the 
Senate under this account. The conferees request such 
information under the account of the Office of the Under 
Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services.
      The conferees recommend that the Secretary continue the 
pilot program with the Alisal Union School District in Salinas, 
California to combine the administration of the summer food 
service program and the school lunch program.
      The conferees are encouraged that the Food and Nutrition 
Service has made progress on assisting schools with enforcing 
the Buy American provisions of the Richard B. Russell National 
School Lunch Act. The conferees are concerned, however, that 
guidance material being drafted by the agency conflicts with 
guidance provided on other procurement issues. Accordingly, FNS 
is directed to ensure that all guidance documents and other 
material on this topic follow the agency's current procurement 
principles and not distinguish between the sources of funds 
used to conduct a procurement.

special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children 
                                 (wic)

      The conference agreement provides $4,348,000,000 for the 
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and 
Children (WIC) instead of $4,137,086,000 as proposed by the 
House and $4,247,086,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides that the Secretary 
shall obligate $10,000,000 for the farmers' market nutrition 
program within 45 days of enactment of this Act, and that the 
Secretary may obligate up to an additional $15,000,000 for this 
program from funds not needed to meet caseload requirements.
      The conference agreement provides that $10,000,000 shall 
be available for infrastructure, and that up to an additional 
$4,000,000 shall be available for this purpose from funds not 
needed to meet caseload requirements. The House had proposed 
$10,000,000 for infrastructure and the Senate had proposed 
$14,000,000. The conferees encourage the Department to continue 
funding for WIC Electronic Benefit Transfer at the current 
level of $6,000,000 from within infrastructure funding.
      The conference agreement does not include a provision 
relating to senior farmers market nutrition activities, as 
proposed by the House. The Senate had no similar provision.
      The conference agreement does not include a provision 
that allows fiscal year 2001 WIC carryover funds in excess of 
$110,000,000 to be transferred to the Rural Community 
Advancement Program as proposed by the Senate.
      The conferees agree to the WIC infant formula study as 
proposed by the Senate. The conferees direct that this study be 
conducted by the GAO instead of the Secretary of Agriculture.
      In view of the potential increase in WIC participation 
levels, the conferees direct the Department to notify the 
Committees on Appropriations on funds obligated to support the 
WIC farmers' market and infrastructure programs and to provide 
a justification for those levels of funding.

                           food stamp program

      The conference agreement provides $22,991,986,000 for the 
food stamp program as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$21,991,986,000 as proposed by the House. Included in this 
amount is a reserve of $2,000,000,000 as proposed by the Senate 
instead of a reserve of $1,000,000,000 as proposed by the 
House.
      The conference agreement includes a Senate provision 
limiting obligations of reserved funds for Employment and 
Training programs made available in previous fiscal years to 
$145,000,000.
      The conference agreement includes a Senate provision 
allowing for purchase of bison meat, in an amount not to exceed 
$3,000,000, for the Food Distribution Program on Indian 
Reservations (FDPIR).

                      commodity assistance program

      The conference agreement provides $152,813,000 for the 
Commodity Assistance Program, as proposed by the House, instead 
of $139,991,000 as proposed by the Senate. Included in that 
amount is $50,000,000 for administration of TEFAP, and 
$102,813,000 for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
      The conference agreement provides that $20,820,000 of 
this appropriation shall be available for administrative 
expenses of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, instead of 
$21,820,000 as proposed by the House. The Senate had no similar 
provision.
      The conference agreement provides $10,000,000 for funding 
of senior farmers' market activities. The House proposed 
funding for that purpose of up to $15,000,000 from funds not 
needed to maintain caseload. The Senate included language that 
encouraged funding for this purpose through the Commodity 
Credit Corporation.
      The conference agreement rescinds $3,300,000 of 
unobligated balances available at the beginning of fiscal year 
2002, instead of $5,300,000 as proposed by the Senate. The 
House had no similar provision.
      The conference agreement provides $5,000,000 in 
additional funding to support the participation of five new 
states in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP). These 
states, Missouri, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and 
Pennsylvania, have CSFP-approved plans and await funding. The 
conferees expect that funding to support the state of 
Washington, which joined the program in late fiscal year 2001, 
be continued.

                         food donations program

      The conference agreement provides $150,749,000 for the 
Food Donations Program as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$160,749,000 as proposed by the House. Included in this amount 
is $149,668,000 for the Elderly Feeding Program, as proposed by 
the House, instead of $149,670,000 as proposed by the Senate. 
For the needy family program, the conference agreement provides 
$1,081,000, instead of $1,079,000 as proposed by the Senate.

                      food program administration

      The conference agreement provides $127,546,000 for Food 
Program Administration as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$126,656,000 as proposed by the House. Included in this amount 
is not less than $6,500,000 to improve integrity in the Food 
Stamp Program and Child Nutrition Program as proposed by the 
Senate instead of not less than $4,500,000 as proposed by the 
House. The House had proposed funding of $2,000,000 for 
integrity studies under the ChildNutrition Program account; the 
conference agreement provides that funding under the FPA account.
      The conference agreement includes $3,000,000 for 
research, evaluation, and assessment activities and $1,800,000 
to improve FNS information technology. As deemed necessary for 
the proper administration of the nutrition assistance programs 
by the Agency, additional recurring studies, evaluations, and 
program information collections may be undertaken with the 
amount appropriated herein.
      The conferees direct that food program studies and 
evaluations work must be done in accordance with the statutes 
governing Federal nutrition assistance programs. These 
statutes, Section 17 of the Food Stamp Act of 1977, Section 6 
of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, and 
Section 17 of the Child Nutrition Act of 1966, authorize the 
use of funds to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of 
Federal nutrition assistance programs.
      The conferees request a report on all integrity studies 
underway or anticipated for start in fiscal year 2002. This 
report should include a description of the study purpose, 
duration, cost, and note whether the study is being conducted 
by FNS staff or by a contractor. The conferees request that 
this report be submitted to the Committees on Appropriations by 
February 1, 2002.

            TITLE V--FOREIGN ASSISTANCE AND RELATED PROGRAMS

                      Foreign Agricultural Service

                         salaries and expenses

      The conference agreement provides $121,813,000 for the 
Foreign Agricultural Service instead of $122,631,000 as 
proposed by the House and instead of $121,563,000 as proposed 
by the Senate.
      The conference agreement contains a provision prohibiting 
the disbursal of funds to any rice trade association when the 
applicable international agreement for such activity is not in 
effect as proposed by the House.
      The conferees are concerned with the current 
international terrorism crisis and its effect on commodity 
assistance programs in Southwest Asia and North Africa. 
Accordingly, the conferees encourage the Foreign Agricultural 
Service to prioritize its activities with the goal of assisting 
those countries, including Egypt and Jordan, and other nations 
that are actively engaged and assisting the U.S. Government in 
its efforts to combat terrorism.
      The conferees are concerned with the recent discovery of 
BSE in Japan as Japan accounts for almost $2 billion, 
approximately 50%, of U.S. beef exports. Even though U.S. beef 
remains BSE-free, there is rising concern that the discovery of 
BSE in Japan is resulting in reduced consumption of beef, and 
subsequently impacting sales of U.S. beef to Japan. The 
conferees strongly encourage the Secretary to use the Foreign 
Market Development program to assist the U.S. beef industry in 
promoting U.S. beef to Japanese consumers.

     Public Law 480 Title I and Title II Program and Grant Accounts

      The conference agreement provides $126,409,000 for the 
Title I Program Account instead of $122,600,000 as proposed by 
the House and $130,218,000 as proposed by the Senate. This 
funding will provide a loan authorization level of $154,664,000 
instead of $150,000,000 as proposed by the House and 
$159,327,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      The conference agreement provides $850,000,000 for Public 
Law 480 title II as proposed by the Senate instead of 
$835,159,000 as proposed by the House.
      The conference agreement provides $972,000 for a transfer 
to FSA salaries and expenses as proposed by the Senate instead 
of $980,000 as proposed by the House.
      The following table reflects the conference agreement for 
Public Law 480 program accounts:

Public Law 480

Title 1--Program account:
    Loan authorization, direct..........................  ($154,664,000)
    Loan subsidies......................................     126,409,000
    Ocean freight differential..........................      20,277,000
Title II--Commodities for disposition abroad:
    Program level.......................................   (850,000,000)
    Appropriation.......................................     850,000,000
Salaries and expenses:
    Foreign Agricultural Service (transfer to FAS)......       1,033,000
    Farm Service Agency (transfer to FSA)...............         972,000
                    --------------------------------------------------------
                    ____________________________________________________
      Subtotal..........................................       2,005,000
                    ========================================================
                    ____________________________________________________
Total, Public Law 480:
    Program level....................................... (1,004,664,000)
    Appropriation.......................................     998,691,000

        Public Law 480 Title I Ocean Freight Differential Grants

      The conference agreement includes new bill language that 
provides for the use of funds to be used for the shipment of 
commodities under the Agricultural Trade Development and 
Assistance Act of 1954 and under the Food for Progress Act of 
1985, and that funds may be used interchangeably between the 
Title I program account and ocean freight differential account 
with prior notice to the Committees on Appropriations.

      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 collections, of 
$1,345,386,000 for the salaries and expenses of the Food and 
Drug Administration, as proposed by the Senate, instead of 
$1,345,289,000 as proposed by the House, and provides specific 
amounts by FDA activity as reflected in the following table.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                    Budget        Prescription
                           Program                                authority      drug user fees       Total
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Foods........................................................     $312,049,000                0     $312,049,000
Human Drugs..................................................      246,459,000     $106,188,000      352,647,000
Biologics....................................................      120,531,000       35,344,000      155,875,000
Animal Drugs and Feeds.......................................       82,967,000                0       82,967,000
Medical Devices..............................................      179,521,000                0      179,521,000
NCTR.........................................................       37,082,000                0       37,082,000
Rent and Rent-related activities.............................       29,798,000                0       29,798,000
Other Activities.............................................       76,387,000       13,944,000       90,331,000
Rental Payments to GSA.......................................       98,876,000        6,240,000      105,116,000
Net Appropriation............................................    1,183,670,000      161,716,000    1,345,386,000
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      The conference agreement provides the full budget 
authority increases from the fiscal year 2001 levels requested 
in the President's fiscal year 2002 budget for the following 
activities:$15,000,000 for BSE prevention and enforcement; 
$10,000,000 for adverse event monitoring and reporting; $10,000,000 for 
human subject protection; $9,400,000 for food safety activities; and 
$10,297,000 for inspections and import monitoring.
      The conference agreement provides an increase of 
$45,200,000 over the fiscal year 2001 level to fund pay cost 
increases as proposed by the House instead of $40,000,000 as 
proposed by the Senate.
      For other increases requested in the President's fiscal 
year 2002 budget, the conferees provide: $4,000,000 for the 
move of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research to White 
Oak, Maryland; and $3,100,000 for financial management system 
priorities. The conferees direct that the priority use of the 
financial management system funds will be to support 
streamlining and centralizing FDA's existing financial 
management systems, rather than beginning investment in a new 
financial system.
      The conference agreement provides increases for the 
generic drugs program and generic drug education, as proposed 
by both the House and the Senate. The conferees direct an 
increase of $2,500,000 above the fiscal year 2001 level for the 
generic drug program. This amount includes a $250,000 increase 
for generic drug education activities, for a total of $400,000 
in fiscal year 2002 funding for that purpose.
      The conference agreement provides an increase of 
$3,000,000 for activities related to antibiotic drugs. The 
conference agreement does not include a proviso that $5,000,000 
may be for activities carried out with respect to antibiotic 
drugs, as proposed by the House. The Senate had no similar 
provision.
      The conference agreement does not include a proviso that 
$250,000 may be for activities carried out with regard to food 
labeling, as proposed by the House. The Senate had no similar 
provision.
      In addition, the conference agreement provides increases 
from the fiscal year 2001 levels of $1,500,000 for dietary 
supplement adverse event monitoring, instead of $2,000,000 as 
proposed by the Senate; $1,000,000 to continue work carried out 
by the FDA in collaboration with the National Center for 
Natural Products Research to identify and analyze botanical 
ingredients in dietary supplements, as proposed by the Senate; 
$500,000 for a gene tracking system, as proposed by the Senate; 
$500,000 for dietary supplement activities relating to 
enforcement purposes, instead of $1,000,000 as proposed by the 
Senate; and $1,000,000 for the orphan product grant program, 
instead of $2,000,000 as proposed by the Senate. The $1,000,000 
increase for the orphan product grant program includes $850,000 
for orphan product grants and $150,000 for administrative 
expenses. The House had no similar proposals.
      The conferees continue the fiscal year 2001 level of 
funding for FDA to continue its contract with New Mexico State 
University's Physical Science Laboratory to conduct method 
evaluation of rapid testing methods of fresh fruits and 
vegetables for microbial contamination.
      The conference agreement provides an increase of $500,000 
for the Office of Women's Health, instead of $700,000 as 
proposed by the House. The Senate language did not provide an 
increase. The conferees are concerned that the FDA has paid 
insufficient attention to gender-based research. The conferees 
direct that the agency develop an agency-wide database focused 
on women's health activities to include demographic data on 
clinical trials. The conferees require a report to the 
Committees by June 3, 2002, which should include an update on 
the current pilot program and a capability assessment of the 
agency's ability to review clinical trial databases, coordinate 
data collection, and identify areas in which gaps exist.
      The conference agreement does not include a provision 
that an additional $2,950,000 is available for drug 
reimportation activities, after certain requirements are met, 
as proposed by the House. The Senate had no similar provision.
      The conference agreement includes language relating to 
the credit of user fees, as proposed by the Senate. The House 
included similar language.
      The conference agreement provides that fees derived from 
applications received during fiscal year 2002 shall be subject 
to the fiscal year 2002 limitation as proposed by the Senate. 
The House had no similar provision.
      The conference agreement directs that no funds be used to 
develop or establish user fee programs, as proposed by the 
Senate. The House had no similar provision.
      The conferees include program specifications and allow 
funds to be transferred from one specified activity to another 
with prior approval of the Committees on Appropriations, as 
proposed by the Senate. The House had no similar provision.
      The conferees request a report to the Committees on 
Appropriations from FDA on FDA's plans to promulgate 
regulations to prevent cross-contamination of foods by 
undeclared allergens. The report is due March 1, 2002, instead 
of December 31, 2001, as proposed by the House.
      The conferees direct the Secretary of Health and Human 
Services to submit a report to the Committees on Appropriations 
on the administration of the National Antimicrobial Resistance 
Monitoring System (NARMS) by May 1, 2002, instead of March 1, 
2002, as proposed by the House. This report should include a 
breakout of all FDA funds allocated toNARMS, other funding 
sources, overhead costs, and the activities of the NARMS program, 
including interagency agreements and interactions with non-governmental 
institutions.
      The conferees expect that FDA will continue its work with 
the Interstate Shellfish Sanitary Commission (ISSC) to promote 
educational and research activities related to shellfish safety 
in general, and Vibrio vulnificus in particular. The conference 
agreement directs the use of $250,000 for this effort from 
within sums provided for food safety, the same amount proposed 
by the House and instead of $200,000 as proposed by the Senate. 
In addition, the conferees direct that the FDA continue to 
devote not less than $200,000 to its efforts in working with 
the ISSC on assuring the safety and quality of shellfish and 
development of shellfish regulations, as proposed by the House.
      The conference agreement includes a requirement for a 
report on shellfish safety goals, due to the Committees on 
Appropriations by December 1, 2002, instead of by March 1, 2002 
as proposed by the Senate.
      The conferees direct that at least $2,100,000 of the 
funds appropriated for FDA activities be used in support of 
Codex Alimentarius activities, as proposed by the Senate.
      The conferees provide $1,000,000, from within the funds 
for food safety, to analyze risks associated with biotech foods 
used for animal feeds, as proposed by the Senate.
      The conferees are aware that a small but growing 
percentage of the population is allergic to latex. While many 
individuals sensitized to latex may never experience symptoms, 
severe reactions may be lethal. The FDA states in the 1999 Food 
Code--Annex 3 that there have been reports of individuals 
experiencing an allergic reaction from eating food prepared by 
food handlers wearing latex gloves. Given this, the conferees 
direct the FDA to report back within nine months of the 
enactment of this Act on the incidence of latex allergies 
related to food handling, FDA's monitoring of the situation, 
and agency plans to eliminate exposure to latex from food 
handling if data warrants such a decision. The conferees also 
encourage FDA to consider adding latex to its priority list of 
food allergens.
      The conferees are aware that FDA has proposed rules that 
include a prohibition on pooling tissue from multiple donors, 
but allow a waiver under certain circumstances. According to 
the FDA, these rules are designed to ``prevent the 
introduction, transmission, and spread of communicable 
diseases.'' The conferees believe that FDA should only consider 
granting waivers from the pooling prohibition if it can be 
demonstrated that the products are as safe, pure, and potent as 
tissue products that have been processed without pooling. The 
conferees urge the agency to continue to encourage medical and 
technological innovation, and to employ a balanced, science-
based process to evaluate applications for waivers, with the 
ultimate goal of ensuring patient safety. The conferees direct 
FDA to provide the Committees on Appropriations with quarterly 
reports on the status of such waivers.
      The conferees are aware that FDA has never issued Current 
Good Manufacturing Practice (CGMP) regulations for medical 
oxygen and other medical gases despite the fact that the agency 
intended to do so in 1978. The conferees are concerned that 
FDA's interpretation of CGMP requirements pertaining to the 
validation of Air Separation Units (ASUs) would benefit from 
more extensive comment from, and interaction with, the 
regulated industry. Therefore, the conferees strongly encourage 
FDA to develop draft guidance on medical gas CGMPs that 
addresses ASU validation requirements and to report to the 
Committees on Appropriations regarding the status of these 
guidelines within six months of the enactment of this Act. The 
guidance development process should be fully consistent with 
the agency's good guidance practices and should allow for 
extensive industry input and interaction. In addition, FDA 
would be expected to address and respond to each significant 
comment received as it would in a rulemaking process.
      The conferees note that the Food and Drug Administration 
has received a petition requesting the promulgation of a new 
standard of identity for yogurt. The conferees agree that the 
petition should be given full consideration and request the 
agency to submit a status report on this matter by June 1, 
2002.
      The conferees strongly encourage FDA to make the 
availability of safe, effective animal drugs a priority for the 
agency. FDA should focus on reviewing animal drug applications 
in a timely, efficient manner with high quality standards. The 
conferees urge the agency to take action to meet statutory time 
frames for animal drug application review and to report on its 
performance to the Committees on Appropriations prior to the 
fiscal year 2003 appropriations hearings.
      Consistent with its continuing interest in the 
appropriate labeling of irradiated food products, the conferees 
direct the FDA to report to the Committees on Appropriations by 
February 1, 2002, on the outcome of recent focus groups 
regarding the labeling of irradiated food products and to 
report on how the results will be integrated into future 
rulemaking decisions.
      The conferees are familiar with concerns that have been 
expressed regarding the impact of regulations promulgated by 
the Food and Drug Administration (21 CFR Sec. 203.39) on free 
health care clinics. The conferees encourage the agency to 
continue its review of the regulations' impacts and direct the 
agency to include a status report on this matter when it 
submits its budget request for the next fiscal year.

                          INDEPENDENT AGENCIES

                  Commodity Futures Trading Commission

      The conference agreement provides $70,700,000 for the 
Commodity Futures Trading Commission as proposed by the House 
instead of $70,400,000 as proposed by the Senate.

                     TITLE VII--GENERAL PROVISIONS

      House and Senate Section 707.--The conference agreement 
(Section 707) does not include the phrase ``commonly known as 
the Agricultural Act of 1954'' as proposed by the Senate.
      House and Senate Section 712.--The conference agreement 
includes language (Section 712) that allows the Local 
Television Loan Guarantee program to remain available until 
expended to cover obligations made in fiscal year 2002 as 
proposed by the Senate and technical corrections as proposed by 
the House.
      House Section 714.--The conference agreement does not 
include a provision allowing the Natural Resources Conservation 
Service to enter into cooperative agreements as proposed by the 
House. This provision was made permanent in P.L. 106-387.
      House Section 723 and Senate Section 722.--The conference 
agreement includes language (Section 722) regarding limitations 
on the Initiative for Future Agriculture and Food Systems as 
proposed by the House.
      House Section 725 and Senate Section 726.--The conference 
agreement (Section 725) includes ``Food and Drug 
Administration'' in the title of the Appropriations 
Subcommittee as proposed by the House.
      House Section 727 and Senate Section 729.--The conference 
agreement (Section 728) provides $2,496,000 for hunger 
fellowships instead of $4,000,000 as proposed by the House and 
$1,996,000 as proposed by the Senate.
      House Section 728 and Senate Section 730.--The conference 
agreement includes permanent language (Section 729) allowing 
the deposit of credit card refunds and rebates in the Working 
Capital Fund as proposed by the House.
      House Section 730.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 731) regarding authorization for the National 
Sheep Industry Improvement Center as proposed by the House.
      House Section 731.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 732) regarding limitations on issuing a 
proposed rule modifying the Animal Welfare Act.
      House Section 732.--The conference agreement (Section 
733) makes Cabot, AR, Coachella, CA, and Berlin, NH, eligible 
for Rural Community Advancement Program grants and loans.
      House Section 733.--The conference agreement (Section 
734) makes Casa Grande, AZ as meeting the requirements of a 
rural area in section 520 of the Housing Act of 1949 as 
proposed by the House.
      Senate Section 732.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 735) that provides authority for the 
Secretary to use up to $5,000,000 of funds made available under 
section 27(a) of the Food Stamp Act for administrative costs 
for the distribution of commodities as proposed by the Senate.
      Senate Section 733.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 736) that allows the Secretary to transfer up 
to $13,000,000 for technical assistance to implement the 
Conservation Reserve Program instead of $26,000,000 as proposed 
by the Senate.
      House Section 734 and Senate Section 734.--The conference 
agreement (Section 737) makes the City of St. Joseph, MO, 
eligible for grants and loans administered by the rural 
development mission area as proposed by the Senate.
      House Section 735.--The conference agreement (Section 
738) makes Hollister, CA as meeting the requirements of a rural 
area for grants and loans administered by the Rural Housing 
Service as proposed by the House.
      Senate Section 735.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 743) that extends the eligibility of private 
organizations to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food 
Program as proposed by the Senate.
      House Section 736.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 739) regarding prohibition of funds for 
check-off program as proposed by the House.
      Senate Section 736.--The conference agreement (Section 
744) provides $150,000 for the Mallard Pointe project in 
Madison County, MS as proposed by the Senate.
      House Section 737 and Senate Section 724.--The conference 
agreement includes language (Section 740) that prohibits the 
use of funds to close or relocate certain FDA offices in St. 
Louis, Missouri.
      Senate Section 737.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 745) directing the Secretary to develop and 
implement a pilot project in the Illinois basin as proposed by 
the Senate.
      House Section 738 and Senate Section 725.--The conference 
agreement includes language (Section 724) prohibiting the use 
of funds to reduce staff levels at certain FDA offices in 
Detroit, Michigan, below the July 31, 1999, levels as proposed 
by the Senate instead of July 31, 2000, levels as proposed by 
the House.
      Senate Section 738.--The conference agreement (Section 
746) provides $250,000 for a wetlands restoration and water 
conservation project.
      House Section 739.--The conference agreement (Section 
741) provides $75,000,000 for market loss payments for apple 
producers.
      Senate Section 739.--The conference agreement (Section 
747) provides $3,000,000 of the Rural Community Advancement 
Program for a grant for an integrated ethanol plant, feedlot, 
and animal waste digestion unit as proposed by the Senate.
      Senate Section 740.--The conference agreement provides 
permanent language (Section 748) instructing the Administrator 
of the Rural Utilities Service to use the authorities of the 
Rural Electrification Act of 1936 to finance the acquisition of 
electricity in predominantly rural areas as proposed by the 
Senate.
      House Section 741.--The conferees do not include a House 
provision prohibiting the use of funds to eliminate two river 
navigator positions. The conference agreement, however, does 
include $204,000 under the Natural Resources Conservation 
Service, Conservation Operations account, fully funding those 
positions.
      Senate Section 741.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 749) regarding marketing of raw cane sugar or 
beet sugar as proposed by the Senate.
      House Section 742.--The conference agreement does not 
include language that decreases by $6,000,000 the amount that 
can be spent pursuant to section 524(a) of the Federal Crop 
Insurance Act and increases the amount for the Watershed and 
Flood Prevention Operations account.
      Senate Section 742.--The conference agreement (Section 
750) provides not to exceed $400,000 from available Emergency 
Watershed Protection Program funds in Arkansas to complete the 
current construction phase of the Kuhn Bayou Project as 
proposed by the Senate.
      House Section 743.--The conference agreement does not 
include language prohibiting the use of funds to enforce 
section 801(g) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
      Senate Section 743.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 751) regarding Secure Rural Schools and 
Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.
      House Section 744.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 742) prohibiting the use of funds from being 
available to any person or entity that has been convicted of 
violating the Buy American Act as proposed by the House.
      Senate Section 744.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 752) that amends the Housing Act of 1949.
      House Section 745.--The conference agreement does not 
include language that reduces the Agriculture Buildings and 
Facilities and Rental Payments account and increases the 
Elderly Feeding Program.
      Senate Section 745.--The conference agreement includes 
permanent language (Section 753) making West Virginia State 
College eligible to receive funds under the Act of August 30, 
1890, as proposed by the Senate.
      House Section 746.--The conference agreement does not 
include language that increases the salaries and expenses of 
the Food and Drug Administration.
      Senate Section 746.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 754) making financial and technical 
assistance relating to the Tanana River as proposed by the 
Senate.
      House Section 747.--The conference agreement does not 
include language regarding the responsibilities of the Food and 
Drug Administration with respect to section 505(j) of the 
Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act or section 314.53(b) of 
title 21, Code of Federal Regulations. However, the conferees 
are concerned that the U.S. patent law allows pharmaceutical 
manufacturing companies to obtain additional patents for drugs 
approved by the Food and Drug Administration and submitted for 
listing in the Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic 
Equivalence Evaluations, or Orange Book, for changes to their 
products that, on the merits, may not justify the resulting 
high pharmaceutical costs to consumers.
      The conferees note that U.S. patent law is not within the 
Appropriations Committees' jurisdiction. In addition, the FDA 
has little expertise or responsibility in the field of patent 
determinations. The conferees also note that the Federal Trade 
Commission (FTC) is doing a study on pharmaceutical industry 
practices relating to the Hatch-Waxman Act. The conferees do 
believe that additional information on this subject would be 
helpful to those with oversight responsibilities in this area, 
and request the Secretary of Health and Human Services to 
instruct the Food and Drug Administration to work with the FTC 
and provide a report on this subject to the Committees on 
Appropriations of the House and Senate within 8 months after 
completion of the FTC report. The report should provide 
information on FDA's evaluation of the FTC findings.
      In addition, the conferees direct the Secretary to report 
to the Committees by March 1, 2002, on the best methods to 
collect and disseminate information on the nature of patent 
extensions that have been granted on products appearing in the 
Orange Book, the effect those extensions would have on costs to 
consumers and a societal cost/benefit analysis in regard to 
such extensions.
      Senate Section 747.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 755) prohibiting the use of funds to the Food 
and Drug Administration to allow the admission of fish or fish 
products labeled as ``catfish'' unless they are from the family 
Ictaluridae as proposed by the Senate.
      Senate Section 748.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 756) that authorizes the Secretary to accept 
any unused funds that were transferred to the Alaska Railroad 
Corporation and retransfer such funds as a direct lump sum 
payment to the City of Valdez as proposed by the Senate.
      Senate Section 749.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 757) providing not more than $5,000,000 of 
funds of the Commodity Credit Corporation to pay claims of crop 
damage that resulted from the Bureau of Land Management's use 
of herbicides during the 2001 calendar year.
      Senate Section 750.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 758) regarding a pilot program for enrollment 
of wetland and buffer acreage in conservation reserve as 
proposed by the Senate.
      Senate Section 751.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 759) regarding tobacco and horses.
      Senate Section 752.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 760) making sweet potatoes eligible for crop 
insurance.
      Senate Section 753.--The conference agreement does not 
include a provision that requires the Secretary of Agriculture 
to submit a reprogramming request to address tornado damage at 
the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. The conferees 
expect the Secretary to assess the funding requirements for 
repair and/or replacement of damaged or destroyed facilities, 
and to take appropriate action to assure that facilities needs 
are met.
      Senate Section 754.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 761) that extends the date for citrus canker 
eradication payments as proposed by the Senate.
      Senate Section 755.--The conference agreement does not 
include language regarding Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome. The 
conferees encourage the Secretary to use the APHIS contingency 
fund to combat Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome in Kentucky.
      Senate Section 756.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 762) that allows the Secretary to make grants 
to state agencies for use by regulatory commissions in states 
with rural communities without local dial-up Internet access or 
broadband service to establish a competitively, technologically 
neutral grant program.
      Senate Section 757.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 763) regarding the Farmland Protection 
Program as proposed by the Senate.
      Senate Section 758.--The conference agreement (Section 
764) makes the City of Caldwell, ID, eligible for grants and 
loans administered by the Rural Housing Service as proposed by 
the Senate.
      Senate Section 759.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 765) that amends the Agriculture Marketing 
Agreement Act of 1937 as proposed by the Senate.
      Senate Section 760.--The conference agreement includes 
language (Section 766) that amends the Richard B. Russell 
National School Lunch Act as proposed by the Senate.
      Senate Section 761.--The conference agreement does not 
include language regarding West Nile Virus. The conferees 
encourage the Secretary to use the APHIS contingency fund to 
combat West Nile Virus in Illinois.
      Senate Section 762.--The conference agreement (Section 
767) makes the City of Mt. Vernon, WA, eligible for grants and 
loans administered by the Rural Housing Service as proposed by 
the Senate.
      Section 768.--The conference agreement provides that 
Watershed and Flood Prevention Operation funds shall be 
available for technical and financial assistance to implement 
the Ferry Creek Mainstream Watershed Plan in DuPage County, 
Illinois.
      Section 769.--The conference agreement provides that 
Watershed and Flood Prevention Operation funds shall be 
available for technical and financial assistance for a lake 
level stabilization project in Burnett and Washburn Counties, 
Wisconsin.
      Section 770.--The conference agreement includes language 
that makes any current Rural Utilities Service borrower within 
100 miles of New York City eligible for additional financing, 
refinancing, collateral flexibility, and deferrals for 
telecommunications, energy or water projects.
      Section 771.--The conference agreement includes language 
that amends section 17(r)(5) of the Richard B. Russell National 
School Lunch Act.
      Section 772.--The conference agreement includes language 
that amends section 141 of the Agricultural Market Transition 
Act.
      Section 773.--The conference agreement includes language 
that authorizes the Secretary to transfer refined sugar to the 
Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Co-op.
      Section 774.--The conference agreement includes language 
regarding tobacco.
      Section 775.--The conference agreement includes language 
that amends the Competitive, Special, and Facilities Research 
Grant Act.
      Section 776.--The conference agreement includes language 
that limits the program authorized by section 524(a) of the 
Federal Crop Insurance Act to a total of $4,000,000 in fiscal 
year 2002.
      Section 777.--The conference agreement includes language 
that amends section 501 of the Agricultural Trade Development 
and Assistance Act of 1954.

                   CONFERENCE TOTAL--WITH COMPARISONS

      The total new budget (obligational) authority for the 
fiscal year 2002 recommended by the Committee on Conference, 
with comparisons to the fiscal year 2001 amount, the 2002 
budget estimates, and the House and Senate bills for 2002 
follow:

                        [In thousands of dollars]

New budget (obligational) authority, fiscal year 2001...     $76,659,577
Budget estimates of new (obligational) authority, fiscal 
    year 2002...........................................      73,976,108
House bill, fiscal year 2002............................      74,359,843
Senate bill, fiscal year 2002...........................      75,797,465
Conference agreement, fiscal year 2002..................      75,794,443
Conference agreement compared with:
    New budget (obligational) authority, fiscal year 
      2001..............................................        -865,134
    Budget estimates of new (obligational) authority, 
      fiscal year 2002..................................      +1,818,335
    House bill, fiscal year 2002........................      +1,434,600
    Senate bill, fiscal year 2002.......................          -3,022

                                   Henry Bonilla,
                                   James T. Walsh,
                                   Jack Kingston,
                                   Tom Latham,
                                   Jo Ann Emerson,
                                   Virgil H. Goode, Jr.,
                                   Ray LaHood,
                                   C.W. Bill Young,
                                   Marcy Kaptur,
                                   Rosa L. DeLauro,
                                   Maurice D. Hinchey,
                                   Sam Farr,
                                   Allen Boyd,
                                   David R. Obey,
                                 Managers on the Part of the House.

                                   Herb Kohl,
                                   Tom Harkin,
                                   Byron L. Dorgan,
                                   Dianne Feinstein,
                                   Richard J. Durbin,
                                   Tim Johnson,
                                   Robert C. Byrd,
                                   Thad Cochran,
                                   Arlen Specter,
                                   Christopher S. Bond,
                                   Mitch McConnell,
                                   Conrad Burns,
                                   Larry Craig,
                                   Ted Stevens,
                                Managers on the Part of the Senate.