Friday, April 22, 2011

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Vilsack: Farm Program Cuts on Table

Des Moines--During Tuesday’s Iowa farm tour with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said farm program cuts will be on the table as the government seeks to reduce spending. But he cautioned against cutting too deep

“As folks look at this budget discussion, we need to make sure there is a proper balance between reducing spending but not limiting our capacity to expand the economy,” Vilsack said.

“There will not be painless reductions,” he said.

The Agriculture Department and President Barack Obama have proposed “some modifications and adjustments” to farm program payments, according to Vilsack. In particular, they are reviewing direct payments, he said.

Associated Press article

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