Cornucopia’s Take: The President’s budget proposal for 2019 is unlikely to be adopted as written, but it shows clearly where the administration’s loyalties lie. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition details what that proposal holds for the sustainable agriculture community, below.
PRESIDENT’S BUDGET PROPOSAL THREATENS FOOD, FARM, AND NUTRITION PROGRAMS
The deeply problematic proposals of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget, released on Monday of this week, include devastating cuts to critical farm and food programs. The budget, if enacted, would reduce the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) budget by a whopping 25 percent, from $24 billion to $18 billion. In addition to cutting discretionary funding, the budget request proposes to dramatically reduce farm bill funding for nutrition, conservation, and other farm and food programs.
The ill-advised proposals in this budget create few winners, but many losers. In addition to harming American family farmers, the proposal will strip rural communities of tools and resources needed for job creation and enterprise development, deny low-income individuals and families critical nutrition support, damage the health of our natural resources, and undercut years of advancements in agricultural research and seed breeding. Read Full Article »