Karst chat with Rayne Pegg: Coping with budget realities

04/04/2012 11:27:00 AM
Tom Karst

And the farm bill is the next issue. The biggest question in the air right now is which year will it get done. Our focus is continuing to strengthen those programs that have been successful for California.

 11:07 a.m. Karst: What did you think of the recent Office of Inspector General report about USDA AMS oversight of research and promotion orders? It didn’t seem too critical of the USDA in its findings.

11:09 a.m. Pegg; Which is rare for OIG. The reason I had asked OIG to look at USDA oversight of the checkoff programs was that I wanted more information. I think it is good to have a third party look at that, and that is really the purpose of OIG. That’s why I asked the OIG to look at our oversight and while we simultaneously developed better guidelines and looked at where improvements could be made. I’m glad OIG recognized that. I think AMS is continuously looking at how they can improve oversight of those programs because they can be vulnerable but they can also be really successful for our producers. They can be a great tool for our producers and I’ve seen that.


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