Trump proposal would cut USDA budget by 21 percent
By: Georgia Farm Bureau
4/5/2017 1:38:21 PM
The Trump Administration released the president's federal budget blueprint for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 March 16. The blueprint only impacts discretionary funding and does not include mandatory funding or tax proposals, which are typically included in the president's budget. The complete budget is expected to be released in May. A copy of the blueprint can be found at http://bit.ly/17budgetblueprint.
The president's budget blueprint is the first step in the annual federal budget process. The president's budget establishes a marker but it's Congress that writes the budget.
Federal agencies for FY17 are still operating under a continuing resolution, which expires on April 28. Congress needs to pass the remaining 11 appropriation bills, an omnibus bill or extend the continuing resolution to keep the federal government operating beyond April 28.
The president's budget proposes $17.9 billion in discretionary funding for the U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) in FY18. This is a decrease of 21 percent or $4.7 billion below the FY17 continuing resolution.
The blueprint continues funding for farmer-focused research, extension partnerships at land-grant universities and provides around $350 million for USDA's competitive research program. Farm Bureau supports this critical funding that allows farmers to utilize technological advancement to feed a world's growing population.
Farm Bureau also supports fully funding the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which the proposed budget does.
Under the president's proposal, the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education program would be eliminated. Farm Bureau opposes the elimination of this program, which purchases U.S. commodities to provide food security to food deficit countries around the world.
The president's proposed budget reduces funding for USDA's statistical capabilities. Farm Bureau opposes this reduction, which would limit the essential business information farmers and ranchers use to guide their business decisions.
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