“The Commission is seeking more detailed information on the effects of tighter payment limitations,” said Commission Chairman Keith Collins. “Agricultural program experts have been invited to the Commission’s next meeting to present their views on the topic.”

The 2002 farm bill created the Commission to conduct a study on the potential impacts of further payment limitations on agricultural producers and others. The Commission has met several times since January 2003 and solicited written public comments during February 2003.

At its most recent meeting, the Commission concluded that input from agricultural program experts would be important as it completes its assessment. The Commission is scheduled to complete its study after the public workshop.

Experts invited to make presentations include:

  • Representative from the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute, University of Missouri and Iowa State University;
  • Bruce Gardner, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland;
  • Roger Johnson, Commissioner of Agriculture, State of North Dakota;
  • Mark Lange, President, National Cotton Council;
  • Daryll Ray, Professor and Blasingame Chair of Excellence, and Director of the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center, University of Tennessee; and
  • Daniel Sumner, Professor and Frank H. Buck, Jr. Chair in Agricultural Business, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis, and Director of the Agricultural Issues Center, University of California.
Each presenter will provide comments to the Commission followed by questions from and discussion with the Commission. After the presentations, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to provide comments.

The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on June 17 in room 107-A at the USDA Whitten Building, Jefferson Drive, Washington, D.C. To register to attend, please call or email Shirley Brown at (202) 720-4164 or shirley.brown@usda.gov

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