Almost 400 organizations oppose new farm bill budget cuts
By Sara Wyant
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WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2015 - Almost 400 organizations with ties to agriculture, food, conservation and rural America wrote a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Budget Committees, calling on them to reject demands for additional cuts in programs that fall under the jurisdiction of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.
The letter noted that the 2014 Farm bill resulted in the consolidation of over 100 programs and was estimated to contribute $23 billion in deficit reduction over 10 years.
“These difficult cuts were made across the farm safety net, conservation programs, and nutrition programs. The policy changes and reforms associated with these cuts are only now being fully implemented by the United States Department of Agriculture. As such, no additional cuts to these programs should be considered, at least until these policies have time to take place and be thoroughly evaluated,” the letter emphasized.
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