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Will Sequester Hurt Farmers?


BRANCH COUNTY, MI (WTVB) - Farming is big business in Branch County and many may be wondering how hard they may be hit by the federal budget cuts that kicked in over the weekend. U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the effects of the federal budget cuts known as the sequester on agriculture haven't been completely ironed out yet.

Vilsack says crop insurance is safe in 2013 from the sequester, as those indemnities are under contract and shielded from the 85-billion dollars in across-the board federal spending cuts. He says the effects of the sequester won't be felt immediately.

Vilsack also says some farmers have received money from farm programs, but not everyone, and that brings up an unanswered question: when you have to cut the budget, what do you do, ask those folks who have already got their money to pay it back or do you cut those who haven’t received their funding a little deeper.