Cuts totaling more than $30 billion in agriculture program spending over 10 years are included in the fiscal 2013 budget released by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.,
last week. According to Ryan “The record breaking prosperity of American farmers and farm communities demands reexamining farm programs to ensure that taxpayers aren’t funding support for a sector that is more than capable of thriving on its own.”

Under the House budget, farmers would be required to pay higher premiums for crop insurance and have reduced “fixed payments”. The budget would also cut about $122 billion from spending for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (i.e. food stamps) over 10 years. (The House budget is at least in part an effort to reduce spending on some programs so automatic cuts in defense spending can be avoided.)