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Concern over ACRE, other provisions
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After the 2002 Farm Bill was passed, it
did not take long for some farm-state lawmakers and farm groups to complain
about some USDA decisions regarding implementation. Ditto for the 2008
Initial concern over ACRE. The latest complaints center
on the as-yet officially announced procedure for USDA's implementation
of the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program – it seems
budget types want USDA to use 2006 and 2007, rather than 2007 and 2008
season average prices for the ACRE formula.
Another complaint: how USDA determines halting any
gov't payments on farms with 10 or fewer acres.
lawmakers, as usual, will have the final say on how USDA implements the
omnibus farm bill: if it is not farmer-friendly, Congress will write legislation
mandating certain procedures be followed, as they have done – or
threatened to do – in the past.
Leverage: Some of the disgruntled are threatening
to hold up the confirmation of current USDA Undersecretary Mark Keenum
to join the Farm Credit Administration board – until farm-state
senators are assured that USDA is implementing the farm bill the way
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