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Perdue Testifies on FY 2019 Appropriations

Monday, April 23, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue last week testified before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee regarding the administration's fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget. The administration is proposing to provide $134 billion to USDA in FY 2019, with $120 billion in mandatory funding and $14 billion in net discretionary funding. Perdue told the Committee the proposed budget would fully fund meat and poultry inspection services, and focuses on core mission-critical activities, including expansion of agricultural production jobs and research and USDA's reorganization efforts.

The budget includes mandatory funds to fully support estimated participation levels for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Child Nutrition programs, and discretionary funds to fully serve the expected participation level in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, according to Perdue. In addition, the budget would provide more than $1 billion for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and $2.6 billion for agricultural research and extension activities. The budget also would fund USDA's efforts to promote American agricultural exports, remove trade barriers by monitoring and enforcing existing trade agreements and negotiate new trade agreements.

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