South Dakota Agricultural Law - USDA Looking to Change "Farm Manager Loophole"

Posted on Apr 09, 2015

Since 1987, there has been a "Farm Manager" loophole in the Farm Bill.

The USDA is moving to close the loophole by limiting payments to those with documented significant contributions to the farm (500 hours or 25% contribution to critical management time). It is possible that there will only be one to three managers allowed per farm operation. The payment changes would take affect in 2016, but federal officials are sure to express that family farms will not be affected, and only non-family joint ventures will see the change.

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