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Legislation of Agricultural Significance Passed by the 96th
Congress. See Supplement to ALIN vol. 7, no. 3, March 1981 for
a fuller listing.
Authorize appropriations for environmental research,
development, and demonstration for 1980.
Authorize appropriations to carry out national sea grant
program for 1981, 1982, and 1983, and for other purposes.
Provide for accelerated program of wind energy research and
demonstration, to be carried out by Department of Energy with
support of NASA and other Federal agencies.
Amend Rural Development Act of 1972.
Amend and extend Higher Education Act of 1965. October 3. In
part, gave land-grant status to Community College of American
Samoa and to College of Micronesia. The Law says that any
provision of Federal law related "to the operation of or
provision of assistance to the land-grant college in the Virgin
Islands and Guam shall also apply to the land-grant colleges in
American Samoa and Micronesia." This means they both become
eligible for Hatch funding and for any other Federal support for
an agricultural research program, just like any other land-grant
Extend certain authorities of Secretary of the Interior with
respect to water resources research and development and saline
water conversion research and development programs.
Provide for research in diagnosis, prevention, and control of
malignant tumors in domestic animals, poultry, and wildlife.
Methane Transportation Research, Development, and Demonstration
Act of 1980.
Promote the full use of human resources in science and
technology through a comprehensive program to maximize
potential contribution and advancement of women in scientific,
professional, and technical careers.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS
SCIENCE AND EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
VOL. 7, NO. 7 JULY 1981
BELTSVILLE, MARYLAND 20705
Making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, and
related agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September
New Legislation Introduced in the Congress.
Established the Domestic and International Hunger Foundation.
Rep. Gilman (NW). To Committees on Agriculture and Foreign
Affairs. January 16. Bill provides, among other things, for
Foundation to lend assistance for research and studies on world
hunger problem and public perception of this problem; and to
publish and otherwise disseminate results of hunger-related
research, studies, or investigations deemed appropriate by
Establishes a commission to study alternative methods to use of
live animals in laboratory research and testing. Rep. Rosenthal
(NW). To Committee on Science and Technology. January 19.
Provides grants to 1890 land-grant colleges, including Tuskegee
Institute, for the purpose of assisting these institutions in
purchase of equipment and land, and planning construction,
alteration, or renovation of buildings to strengthen their
capacity for research in food and agricultural sciences. The
whole Committee met for markup of the bill June 9 and reported
the bill out to the full House. The only change made in the
bill was in the subcommittee--where in Sec. 4 the provision
concerning a report to Congress 69 days prior to a grants award
Promotes the development of methods of research,
experimentation, and testing that minimize the use of, and pain
and suffering to, live animals. Rep. Donnelly (MA). Jointly
to the Committees qn Energy and Commerce, and Science and
Technology. February 25.
Amends Potato Research and Promotion Act. Reps. Panetta (CA)
and Morrison (WA). To Committee on Agriculture. February 25.
Establishes a National Energy Trust Fund, and provides for use
of such Fund by Secretary of Energy in conducting and supporting
research, development, and demonstrations designed to develop
alternative energy sources. Reps. Pursell (MI), Weiss (NW),
Sawyer (MI), Jeffords (VT), and Stokes (OH). To Committee on
Science and Technology. February 26.
Increases by 5 years period during which activities may be
carried out under Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching
Policy Act of 1977, expands scope of activities authorized in
such act, and for other purposes. Rep. Wampler (VA). To
Committee on Agriculture. March 17.
Transfers to Secretary of Agriculture certain functions relating
to fish research. Rep. Bethune (AR). To Commnittee on Merchant
Marine and Fisheries. March 23. Transfers from Department of
the Interior to USDA the Stuttgart Fish Farming Experimental
Beginning Farmers Assistance Act of 1981. Hearing on June 17 by
Committee on Agriculture: Subcommittee on Forests, Family Farms
and Energy and Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit and Rural
Authorizes appropriations for environmental research,
development, and demonstrations for 1982, and for other purposes.
Rep. Scheuer (NY) et al. To Committee on Science and Technology.
Maintains and enhances U.S. leadership in information science and
technology by establishing an Institute for Information Policy
and Research to address national information policy issues;
provides a forum for interaction of government, industry, and
commerce, and educational interests in formulation of national
information policy options; provides a focus and mechanism for
planning and coordinating Federal research and development
activities related to information science and technology; and
amends National Science and Technology Policy, Organization, and
Priorities Act of 1976 to create a new position of Special
Assistant for Information Technology and Science Information.
Rep. Brown (CA). To Committee on Science and Technology.
Extends Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, as
amended, for 1 year. Rep. Brown (CA). To Committee on
Agriculture. April 28.
Amends Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. Rep.
Wampler (VA). To Committee on Agriculture. April 30.
Water Resources Policy Act of 1981. Committee on Agriculture:
Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit and Rural Development,
hearing June 16.
Establishes a coordinated program under direction of Office of
Science and Technology Policy for improving and facilitating use,
of risk analysis by those Federal agencies concerned with
scientific and technological decisions related to human life,
health, and protection of the environment. Reps. Ritter (PA)
Fuqua (FL), and Brown (CA). To Committee on Science and
Technology. May 5.
Provides price and income protection for farmers, assure
consumers an abundance of food and fiber at reasonable prices,
continue food assistance to low income households, and for other
purposes. Reps. de la Garza (TX) for himself and Foley, Bedell,
Bowen, Brown, Coelho, Harkin, Hatcher, Huckaby, jeffords, Jones
(TN), Jones (NC), Richmond, Rose, and Volkmer. To Committee on
Agriculture. May 18. Committee reported bill, as amended, to
House on May 19. On May 20, bill was referred by the Speaker of
House to Committee on Appropriations for a period not to exceed
15 legislative days, with instructions to report back to the
House. This is the Ag Committee's "Food and Agriculture Act of
H.R. 3613 Enables producers and importers of flowers and plants to
establish, finance, and carry out a coordinated program of
research, producer and consumer information, and promotion to
improve, maintain, and develop markets for flowers and plants.
Rep. Coelho (CA) et al. To Committee on Agriculture. May 19.
S. 716 Amends Federal Property and Administrative Service Act of 1949 to
permit State and county extension services, and any State
agricultural experiment station, to obtain excess property from
the United States. Sens. Nunn (GA), Chiles (FL), and Sasser
(TN). To Committee on Governmental Affairs. March 13.
S. 842 Provides for stability and certainty in planning and management
of certain National Forest lands. Committee on Energy and
Natural Resources: Subcommittee on Public Lands and Reserved
Water concluded hearings June 17 after receiving testimony from
Senator Hart; John Crowell, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture
for Natural Resources and Environment, and Max Peterson, Chief,
U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture.
S. 862 Amends Potato Research and Promotion Act. Sen. Armstrong (CO).
To Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. April 2.
Would change the method by which assessment is calculated to link
assessment to the value of potatoes themselves, rather than set
it "at an arbitrary level which inflation rapidly erodes" as is
S. 884 The Senate version of the Food and Agriculture Act of 1981, was
reported out of Committee to the Senate June 1. (S. Rept. No.
S. 945 Amends Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act and Small
Business Act. Sen. Helms (NC) (by request). Jointly to
Committees on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and Small
Business. April 8.
S. 994 Provides price and income protection for farmers and assures
consumers of an abundance of food and fiber at reasonable prices,
and for other purposes. Sen Huddleston (KY) et al. To Committee
on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. April 10. A revision
of the Food and Agriculture Act of 1977.
S. 1007 Food Stamps and Commodity Distribution. Senate passed S1007,
authorizing funds for fiscal years 1982 through 1985 for program
after agreeing to a committee amendment in nature of a substitute
and taking action on additional amendments proposed. June 10.
S. 1036 Extends Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act, as
amended for two years, and for other purposes. Sen. Helms (NC)
by request. To Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and
Forestry. April 29.
S. 1037 A bill entitled the "National Rangeland Research Act of 1981."
Sen. Melcher (MT). To Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and
Forestry. April 29.
S. 1295 Establishes a Soybean Research Institute for the purpose of
coordinating and conducting research programs, encouraging
soybean exports, and providing the leadership for a national
soybean policy. Sen Heflin (AL). To Committee on Agriculture,
Nutrition, and Forestry. June 2. Subcommittee on Agriculture
Research and General Legislation held hearings on June 19.
S. 1237 Provides grants to 1890 land-grant colleges, including Tuskegee
Institute, for purpose of assisting these institutions in
purchase of equipment and land, and planning, construction,
alteration, or renovation of buildings to strengthen their
capacity for research in the food and agricultural sciences.
Sen. Heflin (AL). To Committee on Labor and Human Resources.
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