President Barack Obama on Tuesday proposed eliminating a $600 million program that funds agricultural programs that help farmers, but left open the possibility of reauthorizing it in the future.
In a letter to the Farm Bill Commission, Obama asked that Congress pass a farm bill by March 2, 2015, so that farmers can begin the difficult work of replanting crops in the coming months.
In the letter, Obama said that the Agriculture Department should not provide funding to farmers until Congress passes a farm-friendly farm bill.
“While it is important to continue funding agriculture in the current fiscal year, we do not believe that this funding should be used to provide subsidies to farm-owned businesses or farmers in the near future,” the letter said.
The Agriculture Department’s Bureau of Rural Development has been working to improve agricultural practices and help farmers grow their businesses.
Last year, the department provided $200 million in federal grants to help farmers with planting and crop-repair projects, and another $200 to help them develop seed varieties.
The Department of Agriculture has been struggling with declining seed production, and farmers say they don’t know how to farm crops or how to keep them healthy.
“The federal government is not a good partner in the field,” said Michael Pappas, director of the Center for Rural and Urban Research at Indiana University.
“If the government is going to give money to farmers and give money for research, they should at least do it for the research and development.”
The president’s proposal to cut agricultural funding is one of many steps the administration has taken to address the rising cost of living.
Last week, the administration proposed reducing farm subsidies from $12,000 to $5,000 per acre, and it is seeking to cut food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other programs.
On Tuesday, the White House announced that the president would continue to support the Supplemental Food Program for Elderly Americans (S.N.E.A.E.), which provides food and cash assistance to those ages 65 and older.
A, which was created in 2008, has been under heavy criticism for its poor treatment of elderly people and its impact on the cost of food.
The S. N.
E, or Supplemental Nutrition Allowance, is one part of the $500 billion farm bill that was passed in 2015, and the administration is seeking more support for the program.
According to the Department of Labor, the S. n.
E ofA., or Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, provides cash assistance for the elderly.
“We have a very large and growing need for food assistance for seniors and people who are frail or disabled,” the White the president said in a statement.
“And this farm bill includes support for an additional $10 billion for the Supplemental Nutrient Assistance Program.
This additional $5 billion will provide $10.3 billion for food stamps to seniors, disabled Americans and people living with cancer, diabetes and other conditions.”