Ag Budget Request Increases 16%
Earlier this month, The Biden Administration presented to Congress the President’s priorities for the Fiscal Year 2022 discretionary spending, including $27.8 billion for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), a $3.8 billion, or 16% increase from the 2021 enacted level. The increase is intended to improve key agency priorities, including economic development and growth in rural America, maintaining support for American agriculture, rebuilding scientific expertise in the agencies, aiding in an all-of-government approach to mitigate and adapt to climate change, and supporting a strong safety net to address hunger and nutrition insecurity.
“The President’s budget provides the resources to build back better, stronger, and more resilient and equitably than ever before,” said USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, in a department press release. “This is our moment to solve big challenges by acting boldly—to close the broadband gap facing rural America; to work with farmers, ranchers, and producers to transform our nation’s food system and build new markets here and abroad; to protect and manage our nation’s forests and grasslands from catastrophic wildfires, and to ensure Americans have access to healthy and nutritious food. The President’s budget commits to building back better and USDA is at the heart of that historic commitment.”
The request includes spending to expand broadband access for rural Americans, invest in critical research and development capacity for farmers, address the growing threat of wildfires, and support a strong nutrition safety net. These discretionary investments reflect only one element of the President’s broader agenda. In the coming months, the Administration will release a Budget that will build on this discretionary funding request and detail a comprehensive fiscal plan.
Read the White House Press Release here.