AGRIBUSINESS: Sequester Deal Lets USDA Charge Fees

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House Budget Chair Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Chair Patty Murphy revealed a bipartisan sequester deal that may cause one USDA agency to face new challenges.

To help offset higher spending in the next two fiscal years, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is now authorized to charge fees for technical assistance in conservation planning.

The fees are expected to save $39-million over the next decade.  The National Association of Conservation Districts said it opposes to the fees, which is says are poorly timed.

The NACD said it questions whether the administrative burden of collecting fees outweighs the potential savings.