New Farm Bill, Same Concern: Implementation

August 10, 2008 07:00 PM
 

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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 Farm Bill.

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.


Comments: Farm-state 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 Congress intended.


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