In a letter to cooperators last Thursday, USDA-FAS Administrator Phil Karsting informed ASA that previously-allocated, unexpended funds from previous years may be used, subject to USDA approval, for the 2014 program year.
As Karsting pointed out in the letter, the move is only a temporary remedy and does not provide new FY2014 funding. “Such funding depends on the passage of a new Farm, Food and Jobs Bill. Absent new funding, participants will be unable to conduct the full range of market promotion activities they have planned for 2014,” he said.
For the full letter, please click here.