U.S. General Accounting Office

Survey Results on USDA's Implementation of Food Security Act Compliance Provisions

Legislative Effects

22. The Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2000 eliminated the provision that precluded producers from receiving continuing Conservation Reserve Program payments if they converted grassland to cropland, commonly referred to as "supersodbuster." Of the grassland that has been converted to cropland in your county, what portion do you believe is a result of this change?
(CHECK ONLY ONE ANSWER)
1. All or almost all
2. More than half
3. About half
4. Less than half
5. None or almost none
6. Not applicable-- no grassland in my county
7. Not applicable-- no grassland converted in my county
8. Not applicable-- no land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program in my county
9. Don't know
23. In your county, how did the following changes in the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (farm bill) strengthen or weaken monitoring of HELC compliance?
(CHECK ONE FOR EACH CHANGE.)
    Significantly strengthened Strengthened Neither strengthened nor weakened Weakened Significantly weakened Don't know No response
23a Instituted good faith exemption allowing graduated reductions in program benefits for HELC violations
23b Instituted variance for compliance violations that are considered technical and minor in nature
23c Instituted tenant exemption
23d Required additional farm program benefits be subject to denial for violations of HELC
23e Other (please specify in text box below)
   
  If you responded "Other" above, please specify below.
24. In your county, how did each of the following changes in the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (farm bill) strengthen or weaken monitoring of HELC compliance?
( CHECK ONE FOR EACH CHANGE.)
    Significantly strengthened Strengthened Neither strengthened nor weakened Weakened Significantly weakened Don't know No response
24a Instituted variance for weather, pest, diseases, or other natural disasters
24b Instituted exemption and grace period for compliance violations found while providing on-site technical assistance
24c Instituted Farm Service Agency variance and grace period for economic hardship relief
24d Instituted provision allowing producers to self-certify compliance with their conservation plan when applying for benefits
24e Eliminated graduated reductions in program benefits for conservation compliance violations
24f Eliminated crop insurance payments from the list of benefits subject to denial for violations of HELC
24g Revised good faith exemption by removing the 1-in-5 year rule and allowed for compliance grace period
24h Other (please specify in text box below)
   
  If you responded "Other" above, please specify below.
Index | Previous | Next