Censky: farm bill implementation tracker will ensure timely roll-out
USDA Deputy Secretary Steve
Censky says the USDA will move as quickly as possible to implement the 2018 Farm
He says the department has
created a farm bill implementation tracker system to ensure there is a timely
“We have asked all of our agencies to fill out this farm bill implementation tracker and they’re in the process of completing that now,” he says. “I hope that in just a few weeks we’re going to be back with some of the general timelines we see for the implementation.”
The farm bill was signed into
law in December, two days before the longest government shutdown in history.
Censky says the USDA will share
general timelines for the various provisions soon.
“We are working to move just as quickly as we can to implement the provisions and look forward to sharing more details of what those timelines are going to be,” he says.
Censky made those comments during a Farm Foundation Forum in Washington D.C. this morning.
Kansas Senator Pat Roberts,
who was also part of the forum, says the bill provides the certainty and predictability
farmers need. The Senate Ag Committee Chair says he is hopeful there will not
be another shutdown to further delay the implementation of the farm bill.