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Agriculture should benefit from budget increase

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A conservative majority in Congress recently passed a large spending increase to settle a government shutdown. The move makes fears of cutting staff and programs irrelevant by literally throwing money at agencies previously targeted for major reductions.

President Donald Trump last year proposed cutting $5 billion, or 21-percent, of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) 2018 budget. However, the latest government shutdown was resolved by lifting budget caps and adding close to $400 billion in new spending. American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) representative RJ Karney on the possible ‘disconnect’ if Trump proposes new cuts in his budget to be released today.