From Northern Ag Network,
by Chris Clayton, DTN Ag Policy Editor
In weighing the enrollment options for the new commodity programs, USDA decided sign up would begin with fall-planted crops such as wheat, Vilsack told reporters at Commodity Classic.
Vilsack said USDA has to operate the new commodity programs and roll them out in a thoughtful, constructive manner. He said he wants to ensure farmers understand the choices they have to make, the rules involved and impact of those choices as they relate to buying crop insurance. Read More…
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Vilsack also addressed concerns about Farm Service Agency staff, saying the legislation provides $100 million to implement the bill. USDA will use some of those funds to hire staff, but Vilsack noted those would be temporary.
“This is not going to lead to permanent employment for folks,” he said.
FSA will continue to have small offices with one to two staffers. That will still require USDA to redesign the structure of FSA offices as technology is improved. Such plans have caused clashes between USDA and members of Congress in the past. Vilsack argued that restructuring FSA offices and work responsibilities will make FSA more responsive to helping farmers and others tap USDA programs.
“There is still some redesign of those FSA offices that is needed to help them prepare for the future,” he said.