The administration released its detailed fiscal year 2010 budget the end of last week and it contains many of the earlier proposals that received strong criticism from the agriculture community.
The budget again contains the proposal to phase out direct payments to producers with gross sales revenue of more than $500,000 annually. The proposal also contains the proposal to limit commodity payments to $250,000/person.
USDA programs that the budget proposes to terminate are the Conservation Reserve Program Set-Aside for Public Access, Cotton Storage Payments, Economic Action Program, High Energy Cost Grant, Public Broadcasting Grants, Resource Conservation and Development Program, Rural Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities Grants, and Watershed Flood Prevention Program. Programs that cuts are proposed include the Agricultural Research Service Buildings and Facilities, Crop Insurance Premiums/Underwriting Gains & Fees, and Market Access Program (MAP).