The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved the FY 2012 Agriculture appropriations bill on a 23-6 vote. According to the committee , the bill provides $1.1 billion for the Agricultural Research Service, about even with FY 2012 levels, 6.9 percent above sequester estimates, and 13.8 percent below the request. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture would receive $1.3 billion, 6.3 percent above FY 2012, more than 10 percent above FY 2013 sequester estimates, and 0.8 percent below the request. These numbers are somewhat above the House figures, described below. We'll post additional details soon.