Farm Commodity Programs: Base Acreage and Planting Flexibility

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This report discusses two policy issues that have arisen regarding planting flexibility on base acres, particularly restrictions on growing fruits and vegetables as an alternative crop. First, some Midwestern producers felt penalized because their history of growing fruits and vegetables reduced their soybean bases under the 2002 farm bill. H.R. 2045 and S. 1038 would allow certain fruits and vegetables to be grown without penalizing any future recalculation of base, while reducing a farm’s subsidy payments for one year. S. 194 would allow chicory to be grown on base acres. Second, a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement panel found ... continued below

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Monke, Jim September 14, 2005.

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This report discusses two policy issues that have arisen regarding planting flexibility on base acres,
particularly restrictions on growing fruits and vegetables as an alternative crop. First,
some Midwestern producers felt penalized because their history of growing fruits and
vegetables reduced their soybean bases under the 2002 farm bill. H.R. 2045 and S. 1038
would allow certain fruits and vegetables to be grown without penalizing any future
recalculation of base, while reducing a farm’s subsidy payments for one year. S. 194
would allow chicory to be grown on base acres. Second, a World Trade Organization
(WTO) dispute settlement panel found that the restriction on planting fruits and
vegetables made direct and counter-cyclical payments ineligible to be a nondistorting
payment (green box) for international trade purposes.

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Monke, Jim. Farm Commodity Programs: Base Acreage and Planting Flexibility, report, September 14, 2005; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs9113/: accessed October 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.