AFBF: Farm Bill cuts shouldn’t take heavy toll on any one sector

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A new $110 billion fiscal policy proposal from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada is raising concerns with the American Farm Bureau Federation.

In a statement, AFBF President Bob Stallman said that although the proposal would “help put the nation on the long road toward greater fiscal responsibility, the details on how he proposes to do so raise some strong concerns.”

Stallman reports that it appears as though the lion’s share of budget reductions will come from cuts to agricultural programs that could harm farm country.

“We recognize there are many steps on the road toward restoring fiscal responsibility to our federal government and that some will be painful. That pain, however, should be a shared experience and not take such a heavy toll from any one sector. Once again, agriculture is being asked to step up to the cutting table and hand over substantially more than its fair share. We sincerely hope our lawmakers are not eating the seed needed to sow a viable risk-management program to help secure our nation’s crops and livestock,” Stallman said.

Stallman’s full statement can be seen at

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