USDA BUDGET BOOSTS SPENDING

WASHINGTON -- Farm safety-net programs and homeland security come out winners in the Bush administration's proposed fiscal year 2003 budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, released by Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman.The budget proposes a $146 million increase for programs to protect the nation's food supply from animal and plant pests and diseases, strengthen food-safety programs and

WASHINGTON -- Farm safety-net programs and homeland security come out winners in the Bush administration's proposed fiscal year 2003 budget for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, released by Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman.

The budget proposes a $146 million increase for programs to protect the nation's food supply from animal and plant pests and diseases, strengthen food-safety programs and support specific research activities, Veneman said. The spending plan also provides grea

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