How Will the President’s Budget Proposal Affect Rural America?

Because your work and your success might be impacted by the federal budget, we asked Anna Johnson of the Center for Rural Affairs to share this information about the President's proposed 2019 budget.   The president’s fiscal year 2019 budget was released on February 12, 2018. This is an annual event, where the president formally requests funding for government programs from Congress. Since government programs live and die by their funding, this is the major annual opportunity for the president to set comprehensive positions and priorities for the government’s work. This latest budget includes many proposals that would be detrimental to rural America. While Congress has the final say on how to fund or not to fund, the president’s budget starts those negotiations for the next fiscal year. We are concerned rural America has been dealt a very poor hand by this budget. Below, we unpack several of the most troublesome proposals. Rural Development Once again, the president has proposed to eliminate many of the programs under Rural Development, including the entire Rural Business-Cooperative Service, the Water and Waste Disposal Grant program for rural areas, and Single Family Direct Home Loans. Also included are the Value-Added Producer Grant Program and the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program. In a time when rural businesses often struggle and rural housing stocks are aging, this shows short-sighted thinking for the future of rural America.

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5 thoughts on “How Will the President’s Budget Proposal Affect Rural America?

  1. I’m glad to be informed of these proposed changes, but I have to wonder about the statement in the closing: “would do a great deal to hurt rural America”.
    Would it really?
    I understand these programs can be very nice; but if a farm is dependent on the government to extent it would be “hurt” without government assistance, something seems wrong.
    Just my thoughts. They’re worth what you paid for them.

    1. Joshua: I paid attention and agree with you. Our ancestors would cringe at the idea of accepting anything from the government. Some things like the county extension office is good. Most things come with steel cables that tangle us with regulation. Hey, do you think Hillary Clinton ever figured it out that cattleguards aren’t paid? 🙂

      1. Joshua/Red,

        I agree with both of you, besides everything you could possibly hope to learn is either on the internet or someone at the coffee shop could tell you.

        Cut Spending!

        1. Here’s something you might find interesting. The information on the internet that is useful to farmers and ranchers, including On Pasture, well the majority of it is government funded. And the internet? Well, it was created by researchers funded by government grants. (https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/yes-government-researchers-really-did-invent-the-internet/) I’m sure there’s wasteful spending in all parts of government. But my perspective is – I like to eat, I like healthy soil and clean water, and that doesn’t happen without farmers and ranchers. So I’d prefer spending tax dollars on the things that make them most successful. Just a thought.

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