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President’s FY 2025 Budget Request for USDA

While Congress is finishing the last six appropriations bills for FY 2024 (with a deadline of this Friday), President Biden submitted his FY 2025 budget proposal last week with few changes proposed to USDA’s budget.   Overall, USDA spending under the President’s request is $231 billion, down from the forecast $238 billion in FY 2024 and up from $229 billion in FY 2023. That request assumes current law, i.e., the 2018 farm bill. Mandatory spending is comprised of program funding, such as crop support, conservation, and nutrition programs. Discretionary spending is the annually appropriated funds that are for salaries and operating funds for the year. The breakdown of mandatory spending projected for FY 2025 is shown...

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On behalf of a Canadian oilseed processer WPI's team provided market analysis, econometric modeling and financial due diligence in support of a $24 million-dollar investment in a Ukrainian crush plant. Consistent with WPI's findings, local production to supply the plant and the facility's output have expanded exponentially since the investment. WPI has conducted parallel work on behalf of U.S., South American and European clients, both private and public, in the agri-food space.

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