Friday, April 25, 2014

I'm Curious--Post Pigford

Some factoids and a question:
  •  Secretary Vilsack made a commitment to changing the culture of USDA's county level agencies. 
  • The Pigford II payments have been issued.
  • There have been changes in the farm loan legislation/programs, earmarking some dollars for socially-disadvantaged, etc. etc.
  • ERS has recently reported growth in the number of farms operated by various categories--minorities and women, etc. 
I wonder if there's a data collection and analysis effort which compares FSA/RD/NRCS efforts in the last couple years, with the new culture and the new programs, with the efforts 20 years ago?  How much has changed, and why?

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