Some in agriculture have expressed concern with the fiscal year 2012 budget resolution offered by House Budget Chair Paul Ryan, R-Wisc. Among other things, the proposal would make heavy cuts from commodity, crop insurance and trade promotion programs. The plan would cut farm programs by $30 billion over 10 years, a reduction that would put considerable pressure on 2008 Farm Bill energy title programs, and slashes conservation funding by $18 billion over the next decade.
There is some opposition from other House members as to the size of the cuts to agriculture. Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee Collin Peterson, D-Minn., says that planned cut is three times the $10 million in farm program cuts that President Obama's deficit commission had called for.
"That's something people can live with," said Peterson. "However, there's no justification for a $30 billion cut. Overall, we're talking about a 25% cut for ag, and we're not seeing 25% cuts to other parts of the budget bill."
Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, believes the proposed budget will pass with limited changes. Even so, he says it's important to remember that the budget never becomes law; it's just a spending discipline for the committees of Congress.