On Monday, March 28, Vice President Biden released his budget proposal for the fiscal year 2023, which will take effect in July.
The $5.8-trillion idea is intriguing; we’ve already had one year since, hopefully, the worst of COVID-19 and the government is keen to get spending back to more normal levels, which is why the suggestion is intriguing.
Then, what exactly is contained within this budget request for food and agriculture?
Mandated money, as opposed to discretionary spending, is that it reflects ongoing programmes that do not need to be re-upped each year; SNAP, for example, is a mandatory programme.
The total proposed spending for the 2023 budget is not significantly different from the amount planned for the 2022 budget, however, discretionary funding has been increased by around $4.2 billion, or approximately 17 per cent.
In general, there haven’t been any major shakeups at the USDA, but some shifts in emphasis, as well as other decisions that haven’t altered, can provide insight into President Biden’s vision for the organisation.
Climate action ideas in the budget include $1 billion for climate-smart and conservation activities, increased support for climate monitoring and education,
as well as financing for the ten USDA “Climate Hubs,” which will promote the use of climate action in their respective regions.
In order to maintain its position as the USDA’s most important programme, the SNAP budget will be increased to $111 billion from $105.8 billion.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has, according to Politico’s reporting, refused to extend some of the universal nutrition assistance programmes that were established during the worst of the pandemic.
SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp programme, is an incredibly efficient programme both for those who use it and for the economy as a whole.
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According to DTN Progressive Farmer, the proposal also includes $44 billion for the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to assist smaller processing facilities, in an effort to diminish the grip that the major meat processors have over the sector as a whole.
A small amount of additional financing has been allocated to minority farmers (for heirs’ land resolutions, for example), rural communities (for the growth of rural internet), and Indigenous groups (funding for research, education and grants).
Aside from higher military funding and greater funding for police, Biden’s budget proposal includes a new tax on the ultra-wealthy in addition to increased military funding and increased police funding.