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GAO Report Calls for Increased Transparency in USDA


GAO Report Calls for Increased Transparency in USDA

The nonpartisan US Government Accountability Office has announced an assessment of the market facilitation program used by USDA to offset trade losses to producers.

GAO recommends that USDA revise its internal review process for future economic analysis to improve methodological transparency and use a more representative baseline.

GAO previously reviewed its 2019 program, which discovered that payments were disproportionately distributed across U.S. products and regions last year.

MFP paid $ 23 billion to ag producers in 2018 and 2019.

Debbie Stabenow, chairman of the Michigan Senate Agricultural Commission, who asked for an investigation, said the report confirmed that trade payments were unfairly distributed and there was serious inequality in the region. increase.

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