Funding for mandatory programs is proposed at $123 billion, an $11 billion decrease from 2014. Mandatory funding decreases largely come from the Commodity Credit Corporation Fund and reduced crop insurance expenses. A look at the budget shows funding for the CCC will go from $10.3 billion in 2014 to $4.6 billion in 2015. RMA funding will go from $9.9 billion in 2014 to $8.6 billion in 2015.

Also, according to the budget, a USDA-commissioned study “found that when compared to other private companies, crop insurance companies rate of return (ROR) should be around 12 percent, but that it is currently expected to be 14 percent. The administration is proposing to lower the crop insurance companies' ROR to meet the 12 percent target. This proposal is expected to save about $1.2 billion over 10 years.”

The budget also looks to decrease premium subsidies paid on behalf of producers by 3 percentage points for those policies that are currently subsidized by more than 50 percent. This proposal is expected to save about $3.8 billion over 10 years.

It will also decrease the premium subsidy paid on behalf of producers by 4 percentage points on policies where the producer elects policies that provide protection against price increase. This reduction is in addition to the 3 percentage point reduction on policies currently subsidized by more than 50 percent. These policies provide upward price protection which provides a higher indemnity if the commodity prices are higher at harvest time than when the policy was purchased. This proposal is expected to save about $6.3 billion over 10 years.