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Perdue, Hoosier Farmers Await Federal Budget

Perdue completed a tour of the National FFA Organization Headquarters in Indianapolis. (Brock Turner, WTIU/WFIU News)

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, spoke about President Trump’s proposed budget during a visit with FFA members in Indianapolis on Tuesday. 

Trump’s proposal calls for reducing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s budget by 15 percent. That could result in cuts to the federal crop insurance program, which most Hoosier farmers rely on. 

Perdue says while he supports the plan for a more balanced budget, the decision is ultimately up to Congress – not the president.

"I really wish that we could move forward with a budget that would let us know from a financial accountability standpoint what resources we have to deal with," Perdue says.

Perdue says Congress must pass a budget—or continuing resolution—by the end of the federal fiscal year in September.

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