Morning Agriculture: A Not So ‘Sonny’ USDA Budget Outline — The Lighthizer Show Amid D.C. Snow — SXSW Looks at the Future of Food

A NOT SO ‘SONNY’ USDA BUDGET OUTLINE: When the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 “skinny budget” is released Thursday, its USDA-specific mentions will have been crafted without the help of an Agriculture secretary, marking the first time since the Clinton administration that a president’s first formal budgetary proposal will have been developed without a confirmed USDA head in place.

That’s a big problem, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson told MA recently. He argued that since the agriculture industry lacks a Cabinet-level voice within the administration, key programs at the already-lean USDA could be on the chopping bloc — especially as the Trump administration eyes major cuts to nondefense spending…

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