Published: Tue, March 28, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Trump budget cuts deep into rural America

Trump budget cuts deep into rural America

FDA is housed under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a completely separate entity not associated with USDA. "Field office staff are USDA's boots on the ground, providing farmers with essential technical assistance and outreach, yet President Trump wants to cut these positions which have an enormous impact in rural communities".

"The president's first budget request misses the mark entirely when it comes to the needs of rural America", said a spokesman for the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

He said "the president is right to take a close look at spending" but said the budget proposals "aren't specific enough to know exactly how Iowans would be affected".

"Reduces funding for USDA's statistical capabilities, while maintaining core Departmental analytical functions, such as the funding necessary to complete the Census of Agriculture".

Peterson said in his statement he did not think the cuts would go forward.

"Now we look to Congress to provide the resources necessary to help America's farmers and ranchers through this very hard period", the groups wrote.

"While we do not yet have a full-fledged financial crisis in rural America, a good many farmers and ranchers are not going to be able to cash-flow in 2017", the groups wrote.

Departments scheduled to receive funding increases include Defense, Housing and Urban Development, and Veterans Affairs.

"As a member of the House Budget Committee, I will work with the administration and push for a final budget that fully supports our servicemen and women, limits the size of government and strengthens agriculture and rural communities". "USDA programs generated budget savings and continue to do so, as shown by the recent Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate that the 2014 Farm Bill actually reduced spending by $100 billion over ten years".

The cuts are part of the discretionary spending, not the mandatory spending. Rural communities can be served by private sector financing or other Federal investments in rural water infrastructure, such as the Environmental Protection Agency's State Revolving Funds.

"I strongly oppose the Trump administration's proposed budget cuts to programs that are critical to farmers, ranchers, and families in small towns across America", said Sen.

Among the organizations participating in the (March 15) meeting were the American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, Corn Refiners Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Grain and Feed Association, National Oilseed Processors Association, North American Export Grain Association, Southern Peanut Farmers Federation and the USA Rice Federation.

If the cuts are enacted, "Rural communities will lose grants and loans to build water facilities and financing to keep their airports open". But Verett said it does indicate what the administration's priorities are, and he said it doesn't appear to be agriculture. Farm incomes are down 50 percent from four years ago, he added. "I'm not saying there's not ways for efficiency, but just to cut blankly, that's very troubling to me", Verett said.

President Donald Trump's budget plan includes a $4.7 billion, or 21 percent budget cut to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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