Reuters: Ag Leaders Slam Trump’s USDA Budget Cut Proposal

News / In The News Mar 17th, 2017

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American Farm Bureau Federation’s John Newton was quoted in a recent Reuters article on proposed budget cuts at the Agriculture Department. Newton, director of market intelligence, explained how staffing cuts at the county level and decreased statistical services could hurt Farm Bureau members. “A lot of farmers and growers rely on USDA's statistical capabilities to make a lot of marketing and risk management decisions and planting decisions,” he said.

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The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee earlier this week approved the Farm Bureau-supported Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (S. 951).

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American Farm Bureau Federation’s John Newton was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article on trade relations between the U.S. and Canada. While “a fight over a little-known dairy product sits at the center of increasing tensions between the U.S. and Canada over broader trade issues” explained the Journal, U.S. agriculture is alarmed by the Trump administration’s attacks on the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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