Agriculture budget cuts run deep

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Under the Trump administration’s proposed budget released in mid-March, USDA would face a steep, 21-percent cut in “discretionary” spending.

Among programs and personnel potentially on the chopping block are rural clean water initiatives, county-level USDA staff, conservation programs, food safety, the National Forest System and research grants, according to the White House budget document.

The $4.7 billion in cuts would leave USDA with a budget of $17.9 billion. The proposed reductions do not cover “mandatory” spending established by law, like farm subsidies and food stamps, only “discretionary” programs where lawmakers can adjust spending.

The budget proposal provided little information about how the cuts will be carried out, but more details are expected to unfold when a traditional full budget is released in mid-May.

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