All eyes are on Congress to see if both houses can pass a stack of budget bills and an extension to keep the government running through mid-December. This week Congress is debating and voting on eminent funding cuts to numerous ag programs, including those tied to the Natural Resource Conservation Service or NRCS.
According to Cox Radio reporter Jamie Dupree, the current agreement provides $844 million to NRCS programs. That's a reduction of $45 million below the 2011 fiscal year level. In addition, the current agreement includes $828 million for conservation operations. This includes funding to help farmers conserve, protect and enhance their land. You can see the list of programs here.
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