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Jan. 30, 2012ST. JOSEPH, MO | By: Wayman
The US AG secretary's visit to St. Joseph over the weekend was preceded by news of a shrinking budget for the USDA.
He says that could impact assistance to producers. The department is calling it the "Blueprint for stronger service", but proposes cutting 10 USDA offices in Missouri, none of those are in our region. But AG secretary Tom Vilsack says the main impact to local farmers could be cutting a proposed 23 billion dollars or more in this year's farm bill.