ODESSA, Texas (Local 2/ Fox 24) - Recently President Trump released his first budget blueprint. He's proposing 54-billion dollars in cuts to large parts of the federal government including a 20 percent cut to the Department of Agriculture.
Local 2's Lupe Zapata Spoke with U.S. Representative and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway who says the possible 4 billion dollars in cuts could have a real impact on the way West Texas farmers operate.
He said the everyday farmers who currently have the option to go to a Farm Service Agency office near them might soon have to travel further to receive services.
"We don't need to be cavalier about these cuts, they will have real world impacts on some families in our communities if in fact farm service agencies offices get closed."
Although he agrees with the budget being looked over he says the proposed cut would be a hard transition into the new year.
"I'm trying to protect the mandatory spending side which is how our safety net keeps our production guys in production."
He says the cuts would follow a fifty percent drop in net bound income over the last four years.
"It's the worst since the depression and so production agriculture is in a world of hurt right now and so they are really sensitive to anything ay of these kinds of changes just based on their own personal circumstances."
If Congress adopts Trump's budget it would go into effect in October of this year.
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