Senator Releases GAO Report Citing Need to Close Farm Payment Loopholes
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley released a Government Accountability Office report yesterday (Tuesday) showing additional changes are needed to the eligibility requirements for being actively involved in farming. Grassley says the report shows there is far too much subterfuge of the law. He says taxpayers are footing the bill for farm payments to 11 active managers of one farm - who supposedly provide significant management experience - but don't perform any labor. The loophole has been allowed to stand for too long - according to Grassley - who says it's time to close it once and for all to maintain a safety net for the farmers who really need it. Grassley says this is just one more reason his payment limits provisions to the Senate and House farm bills should stay untouched.
The GAO report reviews the Farm Service Agency's compliance review of farming operation members' claimed contributions of active personal management and personal labor. It also examines the FSA's state offices' timeliness in completing and reporting compliance reviews and the results. The GAO recommends Congress consider modifying the definition of significant contributions of management activities. To view the report - visit Grassley dot senate dot gov (http://grassley.senate.gov).