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Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack rang in the New Year with budget issues weighing heavily on his mind.
 
Vilsack revealed in a year-end interview that he’ll be making a series of announcements early in 2012 that will detail how USDA plans to operate within budget constraints mandated by Congress.
 
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    Vilsack suggested the impending changes will alter the size, structure and scope of USDA for decades to come.
 
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USDA’s discretionary funding has been cut by 15-percent since fiscal 2009. Vilsack said he's working to ensure that USDA manages the change needed to fit within the new budget reality - not the other way around.

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