January 21, 2020

House Appropriations Hearing; Crop Insurance; Climate Issues; Trade; and Biofuels

House Appropriations Subcommittee for Agriculture

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “Congressmen questioned Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on a broad array of budget proposals Wednesday as USDA officials appeared before the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Agriculture to make their case about budget priorities for the next fiscal year.

“Vilsack explained USDA’s proposed budget, which could boost spending on child nutrition programs by $1 billion a year while effectively freezing the department’s discretionary spending, which accounts for about $21 billion a year. With a boost in mandatory spending tied to nutrition programs, the Obama administration actually proposes increasing USDA’s overall budget by $10.3 billion in fiscal 2011 to $129.6 billion.”