Trump budget proposes $4.7B in cuts to USDA

Trump budget proposes $4.7B in cuts to USDA
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is facing a $4.7 billion budget cut under President Trump's federal spending blueprint.

His proposed budget slashes USDA funding by 21 percent, to $17.9 billion.

The programs targeted for cuts are in the "discretionary" spending category. That includes food safety, rural development and conservation funding, and international food aid, The Washington Post reported.

The Trump budget does not cut programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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"The Budget request supports core Departmental and mission critical activities while streamlining, reducing, or eliminating duplicative, redundant, or lower priority programs where the Federal role competes with the private sector or other levels of government," the president's budget says.

The budget "reduces duplicative and underperforming programs by eliminating discretionary activities of the Rural Business and Cooperative Services, a savings of $95 million," it adds.

It also says the National Forest System will face cuts, with the budget instead focusing on "maintaining existing forests and grasslands."

The president's first federal budget blueprint dramatically reduces the size of government.

It calls for deep cuts at departments and agencies that would eliminate entire programs and slash the size of the federal workforce.

It proposes a $54 billion increase in defense spending, which the White House says will be offset by the other cuts.

Trump also calls for a 28 percent reduction to the State Department's budget.