The USDA is working on addressing quality losses in the WHIP Plus program. James Callan Associates CEO Jim Callan says the agency has been entertaining data from states and calculating loss for payments. “I heard that they have the data they need. At this point, I think they have what they need and they need to come up with a method to determine what the losses would be for the purposes of providing payments.” Earlier this month, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told the Red River Farm Network establishing quality provisions in the WHIP plus program would take some time. Perdue said the USDA wants to get rules established and it could be finalized by late spring or early summer. According to Callan, the final rule timeline is still an unknown. “The indication is that it would be ready sometime in the spring. It could also be delayed some. I haven’t heard there will be a significant delay, but we’ll keep in touch with USDA on it.”
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