ASA Voices Concerns Over Budget Cuts

Cutting funding for agricultural research is big issue.

Published on: Mar 14, 2011

The American Soybean Association is reaching out to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to adopt a comprehensive plan for reducing deficits that is not disproportionate and/or devastating to key agriculture-related programs and operating budgets for the USDA.

ASA is urging Congress to take into account that domestic discretionary spending represents only 12% of federal spending, and should not be targeted for large cuts that will have no meaningful impact on reducing federal deficits and the growth of the national debt. ASA is asking that substantive cuts in domestic discretionary spending be considered only as part of a comprehensive deficit and debt reduction plan in the FY-2012 budget that encompasses all entitlement as well as all discretionary programs.

ASA Chairman Rob Joslin, a soybean producer from Sidney, Ohio, says  they strongly object to the proposed reduction in funding for agriculture research. Research is the foundation of U.S. agriculture's international competitiveness and of efforts to keep pace with world demand for food, feed, and fiber.