Despite Delay Worries, USDA Says WASDE Will Be Released On Time
by AgDay TV
Sep 30, 2019
Farmers are waiting for the next report from USDA, which is the WASDE report. Itís scheduled to be released on Thursday October 10. Despite claims that key information from the Economic Research Service could face significant delays, officials say WASDE will come out on time.
USDA also says all legally required reports from the ERS will come out on time after the office is moved to Kansas City. An internal memo suggests other reports are likely to be delayed or discontinued altogether. Our Washington insiders say ERS is delaying the relocation of some employees who elected to move and the removal of some who declined.
It is also hiring retired former workers to maintain continuity of service. It's estimated more than half of employees chose to leave the agency.
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Report delays expected after USDA relocation
By Amie Simpson, Brownfield
September 30, 2019
There are reports that the USDA will have to delay the release of some reports because of the loss of staff from the relocation of Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to Kansas City.
The USDA previously set a deadline of September 30 for ERS and NIFA employees to report to Kansas City.
Senate Ag Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow of Michigan raised concern over the delays in reports and research grants after the administration told Congress the relocation would not impact the work done by the two agencies.
In a letter to Ag Secretary Perdue, Stabenow said the relocation has left the agencies with little ability to do their work, with more than 75 percent of employees opting not to relocate.
She says the staffing shortages are also negatively impacting Farm Bill implementation...