Budget Cuts and Baselines: Shedding Light on Endangered Farm Bill Programs

While the leaders of the Congressional Agriculture Committees have yet to announce the final details of their proposed Farm Bill cuts to the Super Committee, they have announced a goal of $23 billion in cuts to FB programs. We expect that cuts will touch commodity supports, conservation, and nutrition. The most recent information suggests that the proposal will cut:

  • Conservation programs by $6.5 billion (a 10 percent cut relative to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) currently projected baseline for the Farm Bill).
  • Commodity supports by $14 to $15 billion (24 percent)
  • Nutrition programs by $4 to $5 billion (1 percent)

At first blush the cuts to conservation and nutrition may seem small, but there’s  more at risk than meets the eye. Read More >