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Secretary Vilsack Explains $23 Billion USDA Budget Request

Washington, DC
Friday, February 17, 2012

Secretary Vilsack testifies before the House Appropriations Cmte. on the President's 2013 budget request for his department. The request provides $23 billion in funding, which is a nearly 3% decrease from 2012.

It includes $6.1 billion in funding for renewable and clean energy and environmental improvements and $700 million in administrative and other cuts.

The request outlines a plan to reduce the deficit by $32 billion over 10 years by cutting direct farm payments, decreasing subsidies to crop insurance companies and better targeting conservation funding.

Updated: Monday, February 20, 2012 at 6:56pm (ET)

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