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Agriculture Headlines


Ag Secretary Reviews Budget

Sun, 06 Nov 2011 9:20:54 CST

Following the President’s release of his FY 2012 budget, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said, - we are cutting programs not because we want to, but because we have to. American families have been forced to tighten their belts and government must do the same. He said the budget fulfills the President’s pledge to - completely eliminate earmarks. In the end we must cut to grow.
Mr. Vilsack says, - we are proposing some targeted reductions in farm program payments which would save 2.5-billion dollars over 10 years, while only affecting 2 percent of participants. Also, “Overall, we propose cutting our Rural Development budget by 535-million dollars, reflecting targeted reductions and eliminations of programs.
Mr. Vilsack says, the budget also - recognizes that successful and effective rural economic development will occur on a regional basis. Rural communities have different attributes, and when they find ways to connect and cluster their economies geographically and based on these strengths they are able to efficiently increase productivity and build more robust, sustainable economies


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