May 12, 2017
The budget fully funds the Concentrated Animal Feed Operations (CAFO) program at the Alabama Department of Environmental Management at $575,000.
The House of Representatives Thursday concurred with the Senate-passed General Fund (GF) budget. The funding bill now goes to Gov. Kay Ivey for her signature.
The budget fully funds the Concentrated Animal Feed Operations (CAFO) program at the Alabama Department of Environmental Management at $575,000. This is an increase of $175,000 from last year. The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) also received $81,403 in state matching funds, the full amount requested. Alabama Farmers Federation is the lead partner with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on RCPP projects to expand irrigation of cropland. RCPP was formerly called the Agriculture Water Enhancement Program (AWEP).
Funding for the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) increased $350,000 compared to the current fiscal year. The budget also moves the Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) program from the Soil and Water Conservation Committee to the ADAI.
Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) received $7.5 million, up $800,000. The appropriation includes an additional $99,100 for rural and community fire protection.
The final House vote on concurrence was 93-6 with 3 abstentions.