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Several commodity groups expressed concern to Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer on how USDA plans to implement the
By statute, the
Press reports have indicated that the Department plans to make the price guarantee for the first year of
The commodity groups wrote Schafer:
"In our view, Section 1105 (d) (3) is quite clear on the determination of the
"By moving the
Organizations signing the letter included American Farm Bureau Federation; American Farmland Trust; American Soybean Association; National Barley Growers Association; National Corn Growers Association; National Farmers Union; National Association of Wheat Growers; National Sorghum Producers; National Sunflower Association; U.S. Canola Association and USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council.
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Harkin criticizes USDA
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Tom Harkin, (D-Iowa), also is urging USDA to implement the revenue protection program as intended.
USDA has hinted that computer problems at USDA offices may prevent its implementation. Harkin countered that "USDA's antiquated computer system is not a problem that developed overnight," and no official requests have been made for funding through the annual appropriations process. "Still, this problem should not interfere with
Harkin criticized that the agency may use 2006 and 2007 crop year prices instead of 2007 and 2008.
"One of the key distinctions of the
This week Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Conner said the program will be available in time for 2009, including fall-seeded 2009 crops.
"It's our hope to get a lot of these core decisions made and out there during the month of September," he said.