USDA’s Chief Economist Rob Johansson says USDA is working on details of a sign-up program. This will be part of a rule making action in a few weeks with estimated payment rates. USDA’s Assistant Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs Brad Karmen says sign-ups won’t start immediately. “Basically for the crops the secretary mentioned, we will use what farmers actually produced in 2018 and multiply it times a payment rate and give them a payment based on that formula.”
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