WASHINGTON (LEARFIELD)  —  Seventh District Congressman Collin Peterson is blasting cuts to farm programs in the White House’s proposed 2021 budget.

The chairman of the U-S House Agriculture Committee says it calls for an eight-point-two-percent reduction in discretionary spending at the U-S-D-A when the department’s field operations are significantly understaffed.

He says the budget also proposes billions in mandatory cuts to crop insurance, conservation spending, disaster assistance, SNAP and other programs.

Peterson said, “the past year has brought serious economic damage to farmers and rural communities, yet the Administration is proposing to cut billions in programs that they count on in many different ways.”