Implementation of 2014 Farm Bill allows farmers time for choices
So, we want to assure you are that we are going to give you the ability prior to the coverage recording deadline to opt out of the decision as you may on the Supplemental Coverage Option. And if you opt out prior to that date, you won't incur any responsibility for the payment of premiums. This should give you a reassurance that we are aware of challenges that we are presented.”
To gear up for these new programs, the USDA has been authorized to hire temporary staff. FSA offices cannot expect a permanent increase in the size of their office staff.
As required by the new legislation, the USDA will also be working on the definition of “actively engaged” in farming in order to receive program payments.
Vilsack concluded the portion of his remarks on the new legislation saying his prior statements “should give you some reassurance that we are going to be able to make the payments that are due and expected in 2014, and that we are going to set the table, lay the ground work, do the education and training that will allow all of us to have a better field and understanding of new programs so that when we hit the 2015 year, for the most part, we are ready to be engaged.”
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