WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a proposed rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill.

The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm management. In the Farm Bill, Congress gave USDA the authority to address this loophole for joint ventures and general partnerships, while exempting family farm operations from being impacted by the new rule USDA ultimately implements.

Stakeholders interested in commenting on the proposed definition can do so at www.regulations.gov by May 26. The proposed rule is available at http://go.usa.gov/3C6Kk.

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