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On May 24, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a $145.1 billion appropriations bill to support federal agriculture and nutrition programs for the 2019 fiscal year. The $145.1 billion in discretionary and mandatory funding is $6.2 billion above the President's budget request and $710 million below the enacted level for the 2018 fiscal year.
The bill provides $2.73 billion to support agricultural research, $449 million more than the President's budget request. Total funding for the Agricultural Research Service, which houses the Aerial Application Technology Research Program, is $1.301 billion, $282 million more than the President's budget request. The bill does not allow for the termination of any research programs or the closure of laboratories.