As rural America looks for better economic conditions, it remains without a leader for USDA. Sonny Perdue’s confirmation hearing is now scheduled for Thursday.

Mr. Perdue will enter the Senate’s committee room with less agency to oversee if President Trump’s budget holds.

Funding was eliminated for several government agencies including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- which indirectly supports Market to Market and the stations that carry this program.

Josh Buettner has more.

Financial cuts could trickle down from Pennsylvania Avenue to Main Street under the President’s budget proposal, which would eliminate 21 percent of the Agriculture Department’s discretionary spending.

The bone-deep cut to $17.9 billion would help offset the $54 billion balloon in the Defense Budget that adds personnel, new equipment and more nuclear weapons.

The blueprint leaves mandatory expenditures like farm subsidies untouched, but USDA would see a $4.7 billion decrease in programs lawmakers can tweak from year-to-year. Under the plan, financial whittling would affect rural water quality initiatives, forestry, international food aid, and county-level data collection.

And while additional cuts to WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children would add another $150 million in savings to the $273 million slashed by Obama in recent years, Trump would maintain the status quo for other assistance like SNAP – the program formerly known as food stamps.

For Market to Market, I’m Josh Buettner.