52311AgricultureSubMarkUpSummaryTable.pdf-Over-the-last-couple-of-years-we-have-spent-some-time-writing-about-the-importance-of-food-safety-issues.-The-Food-Safety-and-Inspection-Service-budget-is-cut-by-34.6-million-to-972.2-million.-Similarly-the-committee’s-budget-for-2012-cuts-APHIS-Animal-and-Plant-Health-Inspection-Service-funding-by-73.6-million-8.5-percent.-The-Food-and-Drug-Administration-which-is-also-responsible-for-food-safety-will-see-its-discretionary-funding-budget-cut-by-284.8-million-11.5-percent.-The-Grain-Inspection-Packers-and-Stockyards-Administration-budget-is-cut-by-3.1-million-to-37-million.-In-addition-section-721-of-the-House-agriculture-appropriations-bill-states-“None-of-the-funds-made-available-by-this-or-any-other-Act-may-be-used-to-write-prepare-develop-or-publish-a-final-rule-or-an-interim-final-livestock-marketing-rule.”-Conservation-programs-will-be-cut-by-102-million-and-rural-development-will-see-338-million-less-in-fiscal-year-2012-than-in-2011.-Nutrition-including-the-highly-rated-WIC-Women-Infants-and-Children-program-will-be-cut-by-909.5-million-a-12.8-percent-decline.-At-the-same-time-the-committee-added-1.5-billion-to-child-nutrition-programs-and-6.0-billion-to-SNAP-formerly-the-Food-Stamp-program.-The-committee-says-this-“includes-3-billion-in-reserve-funds-in-case-of-unanticipated-increases-in-participation-of-food-price-increases.-The-number-of-people-using-the-SNAP-program-increased-following-the-financial-meltdown-in-2008.-SNAP-and-child-nutrition-are-mandatory-programs-and-the-budgets-cannot-be-changed-without-a-change-in-the-law.-Farm-programs-are-slated-to-take-a-127-million-cut-and-Federal-Crop-Insurance-is-looking-at-a-cut-of-4.5-billion-a-58.7-percent-cut.-However-all-is-not-what-it-seems-and-despite-the-numbers-in-the-bill-crop-insurance-will-be-fully-funded-with-only-3.1-billion-of-the-7.6-billion-being-charged-against-the-2012-fiscal-year-budget—we-are-not-making-this-up.-It-seems-that-the-numbers-are-a-result-of-the-way-the-2008-Farm-Bill-was-written-to-come-up-with-the-right-numbers.-Under-the-proposed-budget-research-at-USDA-United-States-Department-of-Agriculture-will-be-cut-by-13.7-percent-353.6-million.-Overall-discretionary-funding-is-cut-by-2.7-billion-while-mandatory-funding-is-increased-by-3.0-billion-leaving-a-net-gain-of-300-million-a-change-of-two-tenths-of-one-percent.-In-the-coming-weeks-all-of-the-affected-groups-will-likely-begin-to-make-their-reactions-to-this-budget-known-to-both-the-public-and-committee-members.-emDaryll-E.-Ray-holds-the-Blasingame-Chair-of-Excellence-in-Agricultural-Policy-Institute-of-Agriculture-University-of-Tennessee-and-is-the-Director-of-UT’s-Agricultural-Policy-Analysis-Center-APAC.-Harwood-D.-Schaffer-is-a-Research-Assistant-Professor-a

Food safety and food inspection were cut by the House Appropriations, in its first take on the federal agriculture budget. Above, millions of dollars in Spanish cucumbers were thrown after German officials surmised the crop was the source of the e. coli outbreak in Europe.

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