Budget

China Buys U.S. Soybeans; USDA Spending Cuts
**Democrats voiced strong objections to funding levels and legislative riders in the Interior/Environment spending bill, but saved amendments for this week when the full House Appropriations Committee will mark up the fiscal 2018 bill.
At last week’s hearing, the bill was cleared for …
Trump’s Ag Cuts Rejected and EPA/Corps Rescind WOTUS
**House appropriators are rejecting President Trump’s proposals to slash spending on rural development, international food aid, research and other key areas of the Agriculture Department’s fiscal 2018 budget.
But a draft appropriations bill would still require cuts in some programs, providing a total…
Trump Calls Ag American Backbone; USTR Wants Speedy NAFTA
**During a visit with Ag leaders in Cedar Rapids, Iowa last week, President Trump delivered an optimistic campaign-style speeches embracing farmers and ranchers as the “backbone of America.”
The president has come under fire from rural Democrats for proposed cuts in his fi…
63 Indicted in Brazilian Meat Scandal and Trump Budget
**63 people have been indicted for their role in the Brazilian meat scandal and corruption in the Ministry of Agriculture. Federal auditors are accused of taking bribes in exchange for fraudulent sanitary permits.
The suspects are also charged with falsifying medical records and certificates, tamperi…
Trump Proposes USDA Cuts; More Bird Flu in Tennessee
**President Trump is proposing to slash the Agriculture Department’s field staff and also make deep reductions in research, rural development and international food aid.
A 62-page budget summary released by the White House is skimpy on details but it calls for a $4...
Halloween Costume On A Budget
On Saturday, still 2 days away from payday, I found myself short on funds but in need of a costume for the Halloween Party we had at Jack-sons. I found the basic top hat, bow tie and vest at Value Village for $15 and got the hair and white makeup for my beard and brows for another $6...