Statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on the proposed FY 2015 budget

Author: Amy Volk | Posted: 3/5/2014

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2014—Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today made the following statement on the proposed FY 2015 budget:

"The President's 2015 USDA budget proposal achieves reform and results for the American taxpayer; fosters opportunity for the men and women living, working and raising families in rural America; and supports innovation through strategic, future-focused investments."

The budget focuses on creating jobs and building a foundation for future economic growth, particularly in rural America, where 85 percent of our nation's persistent poverty counties are located.

It supports farmers, ranchers and growers as they achieve net farm income well above the average of the previous decade. Mid-sized farms and livestock producers continue to face challenges as a result of prolonged drought. We are hopeful that implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill, which restores disaster assistance and invests in programs to help beginning, small and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, will provide much-needed stability for producers moving forward.

To support hardworking Americans as they find and keep jobs and transition out of nutrition assistance programs, we have invested in programs that will build the skills they need to get back into the workforce.

Source: USDA