2015 Presidential Recommended Budget of the United States Department of Agriculture.

  • Funding Highlights:
    • Provides $23.7 billion in discretionary resources for the Department of Agriculture to invest in rural communities; nutrition assistance for vulnerable populations; renewable energy and energy improvements to cut carbon pollution and make America more energy independent; and agricultural research in key areas such as climate resilience and improved crop
    production techniques. This includes: Doubling funding for broadband access to rural communities in need; Launching three new multidisciplinary agricultural research institutes dedicated to crop science and pollinator health, advanced biobased manufacturing and anti-microbial resistance research; Providing the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) the resources it needs to support estimated participation, which will improve birth
    outcomes and support child development; and Strengthening bee and other pollinator habitats, a key component of strong U.S. food production. 

  • Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative:
    • Through the Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative, supports:
    | Construction of a new biosafety research laboratory;
    | Reforms to encourage a shift toward competitively awarded research funding;
    | Forest Service construction and renovation projects, as part of the National Parks
    Centennial Initiative and the President’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative; and
    | Activities to increase the resiliency of the Nation’s natural resources including landscape
    and watershed restoration, hazardous fuels reduction, and community forest enhancement
    and protection.

    Reforms:
    • Brings about a fundamental shift in wildfire funding to safeguard communities and ecosystems,
    investing in programs to improve the resilience of the Nation’s forests and rangelands and
    providing a stable funding source for wildfire suppression.
    • Reforms crop insurance subsidies to companies and farmers to make the program less costly
    to the taxpayer while still maintaining a quality safety net for farmers.

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