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Farm Bureau meeting: State Ag Department may face budget cuts

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BROOKLYN PARK - The state Department of Agriculture could face as much as 10 percent budget cut in the next biennium, forcing the agency to prioritize programs.

What was thought to be a $2 billion state budget problem this summer for the next two-year state budget has grown now to $4 billion or $5 billion, partly because of the economic downturn, state Agriculture Commissioner Gene Hugoson says.

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