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Family Farms Could Lose Payments Under Proposed USDA Rule

PHOTO: New proposals could limit who can get farm bill payments. Under the USDA's newly-proposed rule, people who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm operations would no longer receive them. Photo credit: Scott Bauer/USDA.
PHOTO: New proposals could limit who can get farm bill payments. Under the USDA's newly-proposed rule, people who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm operations would no longer receive them. Photo credit: Scott Bauer/USDA.
April 7, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to limit those who can receive federal farm payments.

Under the agency's newly-proposed rule, people who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm operations would no longer receive payments.

Congress gave the USDA the authority to address the loophole for joint ventures and general partnerships as part of the new farm bill, while exempting family farm operations from whatever new rule the USDA ultimately implements.

Traci Bruckner, senior associate for agriculture and conservation policy at the Center for Rural Affairs, says the current proposal doesn't don't go far enough.

"We think there are still plenty of loopholes in the rule they drafted," says Bruckner. "They say we're not allowed to apply it to farm structures solely as ones made up of family members. We disagree with that, and think they still have the authority to write a stronger rule than they did."

Bruckner says the Agriculture Department also creates more problems by leaving more than one rule in effect.

"You basically have two rules now, in a sense," she says. "One that applies to farms structured as non-family members, and no rule that applies to farms structured as family members. So basically, those farms who currently are structured with non-family members will hire an attorney and reorganize so they don't lose their pay."

Public comments on the proposed rule can be made online at regulations.gov, and can be made until May 26.

Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service - IN