Department of Agriculture: Agency announces that farm payments have resumed
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency resumed farm payments, which were previously suspended due to sequestration, on May 8.
The agency temporarily suspended its program payments March 4. The stoppage was instituted to gauge the effect of sequestration in order to determine a method for carrying out required cuts while minimizing disruptions during the process. By using the Secretary’s limited authority to transfer funds, the department hopes to avoid reducing the payments.
Deadlines are approaching for sign-up periods already underway: June 3 — 2013 Average Crop Revenue Election Program; June 7 — 2011 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program; and Aug. 2 — the 2013 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program. Appointments should be made at a local farm service agency by producers interested in enrollment.
Despite the Budget Control Act mandating across-the-board budget cuts, the department is still working to deliver results to United States citizens. Budget reductions since 2009 have save more than $828 million in taxpayer funds.