Two major questions surround the role of specialty crops in the 2007 Farm Bill. First, what is the source of money to fund additional programs demanded by advocates of specialty crops? Second, what, if any, additional support should be provided the specialty crop industry if program crop rules are changed to allow planting of fruit, tree nuts, and vegetables on a program crop base. In addition, any expansion of support for specialty crops should be evaluated on its own merits relative to competing uses of the funds, including reducing the federal budget deficit.
See article here: Specialty Crops and the 2007 Farm Bill by Mechel S. Paggi