Agriculture spending and Crop Insurance faces cuts in latest 2020 budget

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(3/15/19) “On every front, we are fighting for our farmers,” said President Donald Trump.

It’s a promise repeated by the President since the campaign, but this week the Trump Administration announced plans to slash agriculture spending by 15% and cut $26 million from Federal Crop Insurance.

“You can’t just say something and then not have the policy that backs up what you say,” said Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.

Rep. Bustos blasted the president’s 2020 budget proposal saying the administration is kicking farmers while they’re down.

Rep. Bustos said, “Their income is down by half and the number of bankruptcies are at the highest level they’ve been in the last decade.”

Many farmers are struggling as corn and soybean prices sag due to the trade disputes with China.

Cuts to crop insurance, which helps farmers stay in business when crop prices depress, have struck a chord with the Ag industry.

The Trump administration says the program is overly generous.

More than 200 organizations, including the U.S. Farm Bureau, have already sent a letter to Congress asking it to step in.

Illinois republican Congressman Rodney Davis says not to worry though.

“Every year we get a lot of questions about the budget that’s introduced each year and not one time is that budget or any of the concerns ever implemented into law,” said Rep. Davis.

Davis says the President’s record proves he’s on their side.

He said, “We don’t need the budget to tell us where the priorities are for this administration.”

Davis and lawmakers from both parties are vowing to unite and protect the programs.

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