Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trump wants to cut farm subsidies

United States President Donald Trump wants to cut farm subsidies by $38 billion over the next 10 years, but is already running into stiff opposition.

The companies that market crop insurance said Trump is copying budget cuts proposed by Barrack Obama and others, but Congress has always rejected those cuts.

And the association representing soybean growers said it will fight the proposal to cut price supports.

But one of the big cuts is to the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) which helps low-income families buy good nutrition and provides school lunches and similar programs.

That program was heavily criticized by the General Accounting Office, which operates in the U.S. much like the Auditor-General in Ottawa.