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House passes ODA budget

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Department slated to get almost $95 million for next two years



By MITCH LIES



Capital Press



SALEM -- The House has sent the Oregon Department of Agriculture's proposed 2013-15 budget to the desk of Gov. John Kitzhaber.



The House on June 19 passed the budget, contained in Senate Bill 5502, by a vote of 49-9.



Previously, on June 13, the ODA budget passed the Senate with only 1 "no" vote.



The bill increases the department's budget from $84 million in 2011-13 to just under $95 million for the next biennium.



Full-time staff under the budget would increase from 343 to 351.



The budget includes an increase in the state's wolf compensation and assistance fund, from $100,000 in the current biennium to $200,000 for the next two years.



Lawmakers also continued to fund the state's pesticide stewardship partnership program, putting $1.49 million into the partnership.



And lawmakers put $4.4 million into the department's agricultural water quality program, including $1.9 million of general funds.



Lawmakers also provided the department a water-quantity position to work on increasing water supply development in Oregon.



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