The U.S. Department of Agriculture would take a $4.7 billion cut in discretionary programs next year under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget, or about a 21 percent cut from 2017 spending levels.
The budget blueprint released Thursday by the White House proposes a $17.9 billion discretionary budget at USDA, down from $22.6 billion for the current budget year.
The budget does not call for cutting direct farm programs, which are considered mandatory spending programs. USDA’s mandatory budget, dominated by domestic food programs, is about $130 billion annually. Read the rest of the story here.