The White House is proposing a 2022 discretionary budget of $27.8 billion for USDA. That’s $3.8 billion more than what was authorized this year. There’s more money for research, education and outreach and a program to increase access to broadband. The proposal also calls for more dollars to increase the capacity of small and regional meat processing facilities. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will have an opportunity to lay out the budget request during a hearing with the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday.
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