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Farm Spending: $7 Billion Down, $43 Billion to Go

According to the Monthly Treasury Statement issued by the Department of Treasury, USDA has spent about $149.53 billion so far this fiscal year. That means there is about $6 billion left in USDA’s regular budget checking account for the last two months of the fiscal year, and the CARES Act passed in May provides another $14 billion in CCC authority leaving the agency about $20 billion on hand for the next two months.  Below shows monthly spending this year compared to FY 2017, the last year there were no MFP or CFAP payments.   Of course, this is total USDA spending on everything from the Forest Service to feeding programs, as well as ARC and PLC, and not all is spent on CFAP. Though the category of “other spen...

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