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PUBLIC LAW 99-000—MMMM. DD, 1985

PUBLIC LAW 99-198—DEC. 23, 1985

99 STAT. 1543

on the structure of agriculture and to improve agricultural policy decisionmaking."; (D) inserting after subparagraph (D) (as redesignated by subparagraph (B)) the following new subparagraph: "(E) COORDINATION OF BIOTECHNOLOGY RESPONSIBILITIES OF FEDERAL GTOVERNMENT.—Biotechnology guidelines and regulations must be made consistent throughout the F ^ e r a l Government so they may promote scientific development and protect the public. The biotechnology risk assessment processes used by various Federal agencies must be standardized."; (E) striking out subparagraph (F) (as redesignated by subparagraph (B)) and inserting in lieu thereof the following new subparagraph: (F) NATURAL RESOURCES.—Improved management of soil, water, forest, and range resources is vital to maintain the resource base for food, fiber, and wood production. An expanded research program in the areas of soil and water conservation and forest and range production practices is needed to develop more economical and effective management svstems. Key objectives of this research are— (i) incorporating water and soil-saving technologies into current and evolving production practices; "(ii) developing more cost-effective and practical conservation technologies; "(iii) managing water in stressed environments; "(iv) protecting the quality of the surface water and groundwater resources of the United States; "(v) establishing integrated multidisciplinary organic farming research projects, including research on alternative farming systems, that will identify options from which individual farmers may select the production components that are most appropriate for their individual situations; "(vi) developing better targeted pest management systems; and "(vii) improving forest and range management technologies that meet demands more efficiently, better protect multiresource options, and enhance quality of output."; (F) in subparagraph (G) (as redesignated by subparagraph (B))(i) striking out "to" before "the economy"; and (ii) striking out "owner-operated" before "family farms"; and (G) striking out subparagraph (I) (as redesignated by subparagraph (B)) and inserting in lieu thereof the following new subparagraph: (I)



Forests and forest products. Conservation.

Schools and

States agricultural production has proven its ability to colleges. produce abundant quantities of food for an expanding world population. Despite rising expectation for improved diets in the world today, there are instances of drought, civil unrest, economic crisis, or other conditions that preclude the local production or distribution of food. There are instances where localized problems impede the ability of farmers to produce needed food products. It is also recognized that