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Biden administration issues FY25 budget

Two days after President Biden approved the fiscal year 2024 budget for USDA, the administration released their proposed budget for the next fiscal year.

“It’s a very difficult budget to put together when you don’t have the 2024 budget done.”

Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters at the National Farmers Union Convention the new budget provides enough money to ensure USDA is adequately staffed.

“It focuses on making sure we’re adequately staffed and it supports the buildings and facilities people work in so we can retain and recruit new people. It focuses on the ability to service farmers, ranchers and producers with adequate support in the Farm Service Agency offices,” he says. “It focuses for sure on supporting the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The 2024 budget took away a lot of the budget for NRCS. We want people to have access to the conversation resources included in the Inflation Reduction Act.”

He says there were significant reductions in USDA’s operating budget for the current fiscal year.

“If you look at the budget, you go, oh gosh there was an increase from 2023. The problem is a substantial amount of money went to the Women, Children and Infants program. There were significant increases in the Congressional directed spending and the result of that required reductions on some of the other line-items in the budget.”

Vilsack says USDA will have to scramble to support its workforce and make sure the agency can get its work done.

Congress still has six appropriation bills to pass for the current fiscal year with an upcoming deadline on March 22. Read more about USDA’s 2025 FY budget proposal.

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