How to spot a commercial farmer: ‘They’re not just trying to sell’
The federal government is looking into whether commercial farmers who have already sold their crops to consumers are trying to skirt rules by failing to report a major loss.
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is reviewing a report by the Federal Agriculture Risk Assessment Office (FARRA) on commercial agriculture, which is recommending that all commercial farms reporting losses of $5 million or more in the last three years be required to provide a copy of the loss to the government.
The agency also recommended that the commercial farm operator must provide a complete list of its farms for reporting to the FARRA, and must include the date the loss occurred.
The report, issued in June, also recommended more stringent reporting requirements for the commercial sector.
It also said that a farmer with 10 years of sales experience, or a farm with 20 farms, should be required, by law, to provide all relevant information to the USDA for the purposes of the FSA.
The agency said the agency was considering further actions.
The USDA said in a statement on Wednesday that the report “reaffirms the importance of reporting information on farms and how to do so.”
But commercial farmers are fighting back, saying the government’s guidance is unnecessary and unfair.
“This is just another attempt to stop the sale of our crops, which have been going for years,” said David Wohl, president of the Farm Bureau Federation.
“They’re trying to take away the right to sell our farm products, and they’re using the FSA to try to do that.”
Wohl said commercial farms can already sell their crops for less than the federal price, and many have reported losses of up to $5.7 million.
“You have to be very careful,” he said.
“Commercial farms should be able to sell the farm product they are selling and sell it at market price.
This is ridiculous.
You can’t make an exception for the big guys.””
We can’t have a system where we can make rules to limit how much commercial farming can do,” he added.
A spokesperson for the USDA’s Office of Farm and Food Safety said that while the agency has not received the report, it is “currently reviewing the results of this analysis and will determine appropriate actions based on the recommendations.”
The FARRAB study also recommended the USDA take more aggressive action against those who fail to report losses and have their crops be damaged by pests or disease.
It said the USDA should make it easier for farmers to sue farmers who violate the rules, and increase the penalty for failing to file a loss report.