WASHINGTON, D.C., On February 5, 2007 the Administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year FY08.

The Administration’s budget requests $89 billion for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA); this is nearly $4 billion below the Administration’s FY07 funding request. This includes $67 billion of mandatory funding for programs required by law (nutrition, commodity, etc.) and $22 billion for discretionary programs (rural development, research, etc.)