President Donald Trump speaks at Snap-On Tools April 18, 2017, in Kenosha, WI Scott Olson/Getty Images
President Donald Trump speaks to workers at the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-On on April 18, 2017, in Kenosha, Wis.

President’s ag budget calls for deeper cuts

Ag industry criticizes cuts in crop insurance and foreign market access and development programs.

In a continued effort to eliminate the national debt in 10 years, President Donald Trump again proposed deep cuts for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and rural America in his fiscal 2018 budget proposal. Specifically, it calls for discretionary spending to be set at $21 billion, approximately $4.8 billion below 2017 levels, with a 5.5% total reduction in staff (5,263 jobs).

This proposal follows a previous “skinny budget” Trump released earlier this year ahead of the ap

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