$2.8 billion in ag cuts stand firm

Posted March 25, 2005, summarized from original report on feedstuffs.com: The 2005 agriculture budget will be $2.8 billion lighter as the Senate votes to keep the deep cuts proposed by the Bush administration.

Republicans prevailed 54-46 after Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Saxby Chambliss (R., Ga.) pledged that cuts "would not change policy" -- an apparent reference to the President's proposal to cap farm program benefits at $250,000 per farm.

The vote effectively banished an amendment that would have restored full funding to the ag budget.