Idaho's agriculture director and other industry officials say the Farmers Home Administration should give farmers more time to restructure delinquent loans.
Director Dick Rush joined his counterparts from six other states Wednesday in urging FmHA to extend recently announced deadlines."Few farm borrowers have had time to adequately read the two-pound packet of information FmHA has mailed to these producers, much less gather the necessary financial information," Rush said.
Joining Rush in making the request to FmHA acting administrator LaVerne Ausman were state agricultural officials from Texas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma and Vermont.
Rep. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, also issued a statement urging federal officials to give more consideration to farmers hard-pressed to meet deadlines.
FmHA's debt restructuring program is required by the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987.