Interim Final Rule Issued by USDA on 2009 Payment Limits

Changes made to meet 2008 Farm Bill requirements.

With the publication of an interim final regulation in the Federal Register this week, the USDA announced changes to Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) qualifications, program payment limitations, and direct attribution for Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) programs, which became effective in accordance with the 2008 Farm Bill.

"Changes to program participation rules and qualifying income requirements will make farm program payments more defendable to America's taxpayers," Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer said. "This is a step in the right direction to ensuring that program benefits are targeted to active qualifying farmers and ranchers."

Public comments will be accepted on the interim final rule for 30 days following its publication.

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