The White House released the details of President Biden’s $6 trillion Fiscal Year 2022 budget on Friday. There’s a major funding boost for the USDA, an increase of nine percent compared to the previous year at $29.9 billion. Included in that is $700 million for broadband access, a request of $6.7 billion for the SNAP and WIC programs, $1.5 billion to address climate needs and $4 billion for USDA research, education and outreach programs. There are no proposed cuts in farm programs included. In a statement, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said the budget would give USDA the tools to address urgent challenges.
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