The FY15 budget proposed for USDA, released on March 4, does not include much that was unanticipated. In his remarks to agricultural groups, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack emphasized the importance of stimulating job creation in the rural economy and noted that for the first time, rural populations are declining. The budget includes a number of rural development programs to promote rural growth along with numerous proposals that Congress has rejected in the past. These include reductions in ...

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