FY 2012 Budget Proposal Released; Once Again Proposes User FeesWednesday, February 16, 2011
(American Meat Institute)
The Obama Administration this week released its budget proposal for FY 2012, which once again proposes user fees for basic inspection services and for repeat inspections triggered by non-compliance. According to the proposed budget, the user fees would generate $11 million from the regulated industry in 2012.
“AMI continues to stand strong in our
opposition to meat and poultry inspection user
fees, which have been rightfully rejected by
Congress time and time again,” said American
Meat Institute President and CEO J.
A $5.5 million increase is being sought for for expanded regulatory sampling, including an additional baseline study and $700,000 for non-O157 STEC testing.
The Administration is seeking aa$14.5 million for the Animal Disease Traceability program, which is the rebranded National Animal ID System. FY11 funding for the program was $8.9 million.
It is also requesting for $34 million for the Market News program; $200 million for the Market Access Program (MAP); $34.5 million for the Foreign Market Development Program (FMD); and $10 million for the Emerging Markets Program (EMP). These are all consistent with FY11 spending .The budget includes $20 million for the new National Export Initiative, which seeks to double exports over the next five years.
The budget requests a $2 million increase for the Packers & Stockyards program, and is once again requesting legislative authority to collect a licensing fee on entities regulated under the Packers & Stockyards Act.
To view the FY2012 budget proposal for
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA),