Funding to help farm agency go digital
- By Judi Hasson
- Jul 21, 2000
The Agriculture Department has received an extra $38 million to help modernize
systems at the Farm Service Agency to accommodate electronic business and
The money was part of an emergency supplemental spending bill signed into
law by President Clinton last month.
The funds will be used to replace an FSA system that uses the Cobol computer
language and could not interact with other computer systems. "It was like
Latin; nobody speaks it anymore," said Bill Gardner, senior policy adviser
for USDA's chief information officer.
USDA also received $5.4 million to invest in moving to geographical information
systems — transforming a paper-based map system to the digital form, Gardner