Farmers Don’t Like Trump’s Budget
March 18, 2019
Trump wants to slash funding for vital programs farmers rely on. He’d cut $3.6 billion from the Department of Agriculture’s budget, slash $28 billion from crop insurance and commodity subsidies, and eliminate $220 billion in funding for SNAP.
Farmers are speaking out against Trump.
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson: “There is a very clear disconnect between President Trump’s priorities and the economic realities facing family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.”
It’s no wonder why – Trump’s latest budget proposal would cut funding for the Department of Agriculture by 15% at a time when farmers are tremendously suffering.
Reuters: “President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget on Monday proposed a 15 percent cut for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, calling its subsidies to farmers ‘overly generous’ at a time when they are going through the worst crisis in decades because of depressed commodity prices and Trump’s trade tariffs.”
Trump’s budget would also slash crop insurance and commodity subsidies.
CNBC: “The administration wants to slash the average premium subsidy for crop insurance from 62 percent to 48 percent. More than 100 crops are eligible for crop insurance, with majority of the program going to producers of corn, soybeans and wheat.”
Wichita Eagle: “Sen. Pat Roberts says President Donald Trump committed during a White House meeting that he won’t cut a key program for Kansas farmers despite placing reductions in his budget proposal. Kansas lawmakers have gone out of their way to emphasize their support for crop insurance, which Trump has proposed trimming as part of his budget.”
Trump wants to double down on cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that rural communities rely on.
Wall Street Journal: “The budget… calls for nearly $220 billion in cuts to SNAP over a decade, and revives a plan the Trump administration floated last year to shift some food-stamp dollars from benefit cards to a food-box-delivery program.”
Huffington Post: “Of the top 100 counties ranked by the share of population that participates in SNAP, 85 are rural, according to 2015 Census data.”