2005 February 14
By law, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns released President George W. Bush’s budget plans for helping farmers and ranchers the first Monday in February. According to the proposed budget, there will be a $587 million cut in farm subsidy spending in 2006. However, continued spending is planned for BSE testing and implementation of a National Animal Identification System. Johanns began the announcement by commending the President for proposing a budget for USDA that meets agriculture’s most important priorities while exercising the kind of fiscal discipline that is absolutely necessary right now. "Many proposals in this budget produce savings wherever possible,” said Johanns.