USDA's Farm Service Agency recently introduced a new computer system that will allow them to implement the next farm bill much faster than previous bills, according to a recent article in The Hagstrom Report. Agriculture Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Michael Scuse said the new computer system, referred to as Modernize and Innovate the Delivery of Agriculture Systems (MIDAS), will be tested in December and will "go live" in January.
"The MIDAS project will allow us to speed up the process and the time it takes us to implement the new programs," Scuse said. This will allow work that has previously taken weeks and months to be completed in a manner of days.
Writing the new rules can be done "in a very short period of time" and the bill can be implemented in "a reasonable amount of time," according to Scuse. A new acreage crop reporting streamlining initiative known as ACCURACY, under which farmers will need to report acreage only once, will also improve implementation of the new programs.