USDA proposes 'actively engaged' rule

USDA proposes 'actively engaged' rule

USDA rule sets requirements farm managers must meet to be able to collect safety net payments.

DURING the last farm bill debate, Congress punted on deciding how to tighten U.S. Department of Agriculture payment limitations.

Last week, USDA officially proposed a rule to limit farm payments to individuals who may be designated as farm managers but are not "actively engaged" in farm management.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the agency's actions will help close a loophole that some larger joint ventures and gener

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