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Wisconsin farmers await details of President Trump's proposed cut to their subsidies

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MADISON (WKOW) -- As Wisconsin farmers deal with a slow start to the 2017 growing season, they are anxiously awaiting details of President Trump's budget proposal that reportedly includes a cut to farm subsidies.

The 2014 Farm Bill cut crop subsidies by more than ten percent. but UW-Madison Professor Paul Mitchell, an agricultural economist, told 27 News that was during a time when farmers across the country were experiencing a rise in income.

Since then, agricultural profits have dropped off substantially.

Mitchell said the subsidies brought in over $200 million to Wisconsin farmers over the past two years.

"So, it's like taking a ten percent income cut in a year when you're already way behind what you've been used to having and, frankly, some farmers are losing money," said Mitchell. "And so, it's somewhat like kicking them when they're down is what it would feel like to them, I think."

Professor Mitchell said cuts to both crop subsidies and crop insurance would be be particularly difficult for farmers to absorb.

The head of the House Agriculture Committee calls cutting farm subsidies "wrongheaded."

"Production agriculture is in the worst slump since the depression - 50 percent drop in the net income for producers. They need this safety net," said Rep. Mike Conaway, (R-Texas) told the Associated Press.

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