NC Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says that Governor Beverly Perdue's proposed budget, released late last week, has cuts to NCDA of nearly 30%, and if you look at those cuts, plus those of ag related programs in other state agencies, it's clear that agriculture is taking a disproportionate hit.
One of the programs that would be slashed is the Research Stations Division. The governor's budget would close seven research stations across the state, which she proposes to sell. Troxler says this recommendation is based on flawed research from 2008, and he's determined to fight it again.
Another item in her proposal would transfer the Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund from NCDA to two other agencies, one of which is a government subsidized non-profit.
In addition, the budget proposal would also require cuts of $5.2 million, which would likely mean the end of programs or services that affect farmers or even public safety.
The Commissioner says that the budget process is just getting started, and that he's committed to fighting for every dollar that NCDA needs to continue to assist farmers and ranchers, as well as maintian public safety.
NCSUCollege of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Dean Johnny Wynne's "Budget Message" ...can be read here...