Notice of Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost-Share Program, 54591-54592 [2010-22244]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 173 / Wednesday, September 8, 2010 / Notices jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Betsy Rakola, Grants Management Specialist, National Organic Program, USDA/AMS/NOP, Room 2646-South, Ag Stop 0268, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250– 0268; Telephone: (202) 720–3252. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This National Organic Certification CostShare Program is authorized under 7 U.S.C. 6523, as amended by section 10301 of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Act). The Act authorizes the Department to provide certification cost-share assistance to producers and handlers of organic agricultural products in all States. Beginning in Fiscal Year 2008, the AMS has allocated $22 million for this program to be distributed through cooperative agreements to interested States, until such funding has been exhausted. The Program provides financial assistance to organic producers and handlers certified to the NOP. The NOP is authorized under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, as amended (7 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.). To participate in the program, interested States, through their State Department of Agriculture, must complete an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424) and enter into a written cooperative agreement with AMS. State Department of Agriculture refers to agencies, commissions, or departments of State government responsible for implementing regulation, policy or programs on agriculture within their State. The program will provide costshare assistance, through participating States, to organic producers and handlers receiving certification or continuation of certification by a USDA accredited certifying agent commencing October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011. Under the Act, cost-share assistance payments are limited to 75 percent of an individual producer’s or handler’s certification costs up to a maximum of $750.00 per year. To receive cost-share assistance, organic producers and handlers must submit an application to the representative Agency of the State in which their farm/operation is located. This application must include: (1) Proof of NOP certification issued or continued within the cost-share qualifying period, October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011, and; (2) an itemized invoice demonstrating costs incurred for NOP certification. Costs incurred for noncertification activities, such as, membership associations or farm/ operation inputs are not eligible for assistance through this program. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:41 Sep 07, 2010 Jkt 220001 However, for producers in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming cost-share funding is available to these states, through their State Department of Agriculture, under the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Organic Certification Cost-Share Program authorized under Section 1524 of the Federal Crop Insurance Act, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1501–1524). As provided in a notice of Funds Availability published in the Federal Register completed applications for the AMA Federal assistance program, along with signed cooperative agreements must be received by close of business, September 24, 2010. Information on the AMA program can be found under ‘‘Organic Cost Share Program’’ on the NOP’s homepage at https:// www.ams.usda.gov/nop. How to Submit Applications: To receive fund allocations to provide costshare assistance, a State Department of Agriculture must complete an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), and enter into a written cooperative agreement with AMS. AMS encourages interested States to submit the Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), electronically via Grants.gov, the Federal grants Web site, https:// www.grants.gov. Applications submitted electronically via Grants.gov must be filed by September 24, 2010. A hardcopy of Standard Form 424 bearing an original signature is not required when applying through https:// www.grants.gov. However, the cooperative agreement must have the original signature of the official who has authority to apply for Federal assistance. The signed cooperative agreement must be sent by express mail or courier service and received at the above address by September 24, 2010. States considering submitting electronic application forms should become familiar with the Grants.gov Web site and begin the application process well in advance of the application deadline. For information on how to apply electronically, please consult https:// www.grants.gov/GetRegistered. State Agencies submitting hard copy applications should submit a signed copy of Standard Form 424 and a signed copy of the cooperative agreement the application package to AMS at the address listed above. The Standard Form 424 and the cooperative agreement must have the original signature of the official who has authority to apply for Federal PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54591 assistance. Hard copy applications should be sent only via express mail or courier service and must be received at the above address by September 24, 2010. The National Organic Certification Cost-share Program is listed in the ‘‘Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance’’ under number 10.163 and subject agencies must adhere to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars discrimination in all Federallyassisted programs. Additional information on the National Organic Certification Cost-share Program can be found under ‘‘Organic Cost Share Program’’ on the NOP’s homepage at https://www.ams.usda.gov/nop. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 6523. Dated: September 1, 2010. Rayne Pegg, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2010–22243 Filed 9–7–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–NOP–10–0065; NOP–10–06] Notice of Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost-Share Program Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of Funds Availability. Inviting Applications for the Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost-Share Program. AGENCY: This Notice invites the following eligible States: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming, to submit an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), and to enter into a Cooperative Agreement with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for the Allocation of Organic Certification Cost-Share Funds. The AMS has allocated $1.495 million for this organic certification cost-share program in Fiscal Year 2010. Funds are available under this program to 16 designated States to provide cost-share assistance to organic crop and livestock producers certified under the National Organic Program (NOP). Eligible States interested in obtaining cost-share funds for their organic producers will have to submit an Application for Federal SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES 54592 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 173 / Wednesday, September 8, 2010 / Notices Assistance, and enter into a cooperative agreement with AMS for allocation of funds. DATES: Completed applications for Federal assistance along with signed cooperative agreements must be received by close of business, September 24, 2010. ADDRESSES: Applications for Federal assistance and cooperative agreements shall be submitted to: Betsy Rakola, Grants Management Specialist, National Organic Program, USDA/AMS/TMP/ NOP, Room 2640–South, Ag Stop 0268, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–0264; Telephone: (202) 720–3252. Additional information can be found under ‘‘Organic Cost Share Program’’ on the National Organic Program’s homepage at https://www.ams.usda.gov/nop. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Betsy Rakola, Grants Management Specialist, National Organic Program, USDA/AMS/TM/NOP, Room 2640– South, Ag Stop 0268, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–0268; Telephone: (202) 720–3252. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This Organic Certification Cost-Share Program is part of the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program authorized under the Federal Crop Insurance Act (FCIA), as amended, (7 U.S.C. 1524). Under the applicable FCIA provisions, the Department is authorized to provide cost-share assistance to organic producers in the States of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. The AMS has allocated $1.495 million for this organic certification cost-share program in Fiscal Year 2010. This organic certification cost-share program provides financial assistance to organic producers certified to the NOP authorized under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990, as amended (7 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.). This program is in addition to and separate from the National Organic Certification CostShare Program which is also administered by AMS and is open to all States and U.S. Territories. To participate in the program, eligible States, through their State Department of Agriculture, must complete an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424) and enter into a written cooperative agreement with AMS. State Department of Agriculture refers to agencies, commissions, or departments of State government VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:41 Sep 07, 2010 Jkt 220001 responsible for implementing regulation, policy or programs on agriculture within their State. The program will provide cost-share assistance, through participating States, to organic crop and livestock producers receiving certification or continuation of certification by a USDA accredited certifying agent commencing October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011. The Department has determined that payments will be limited to 75 percent of an individual producer’s certification costs up to a maximum of $750.00. To receive cost-share assistance, organic producers must submit an application to the representative Agency of the State in which their farm/ operation is located. This application must include: (1) Proof of NOP certification issued or continued within the cost-share qualifying period, October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011, and (2) an itemized invoice demonstrating costs incurred for NOP certification. Costs incurred for noncertification activities, such as, membership associations or farm/ operation inputs are not eligible for assistance through this program. Assistance provided to eligible producers under this cost-share program is included under the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program. Total amount of cost-share payments provided to any eligible producer under all AMA programs cannot exceed $50,000. How To Submit Applications: To receive fund allocations to provide costshare assistance, a State Department of Agriculture must complete an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), and enter into a written cooperative agreement with AMS. AMS encourages interested States to submit the Application for Federal Assistance, (Standard Form 424) electronically via Grants.gov, the Federal grants Web site, https:// www.grants.gov. Applications submitted electronically via Grants.gov must be filed by September 24, 2010. A hardcopy of Standard Form 424 bearing an original signature is not required when applying through https:// www.grants.gov. However, the cooperative agreement must have the original signature of the official who has authority to apply for Federal assistance. The signed cooperative agreement must be sent by express mail or courier service and received at the above address by September 24, 2010. States considering submitting electronic application forms should become familiar with the Grants.Gov Web site and begin the application process well in advance of the application deadline. PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 For information on how to apply electronically, please consult https:// www.grants.gov/GetRegistered. State Agencies submitting hard copy applications should submit a signed copy of Standard Form 424 and a signed copy of the cooperative agreement to AMS at the address listed above. The Standard Form 424 and the cooperative agreement must have the original signature of the official who has authority to apply for Federal assistance. Hard copy applications should be sent only via express mail or courier service and must be received at the above address by September 24, 2010. The AMA Organic Certification CostShare Program is listed in the ‘‘Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance’’ under number 10.163 and subject agencies must adhere to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars discrimination in all Federally assisted programs. Additional information on the AMA Organic Certification CostShare Program can be found under ‘‘Organic Cost Share Program’’ on the NOP’s homepage at https:// www.ams.usda.gov/nop. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1524. Dated: September 1, 2010. Rayne Pegg, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2010–22244 Filed 9–7–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2010–0076] Pale Cyst Nematode; Update of Quarantined Areas Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. 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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 173 (Wednesday, September 8, 2010)]
[Notices]
[Pages 54591-54592]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-22244]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-NOP-10-0065; NOP-10-06]


Notice of Agricultural Management Assistance Organic 
Certification Cost-Share Program

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice of Funds Availability. Inviting Applications for the 
Agricultural Management Assistance Organic Certification Cost-Share 
Program.

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SUMMARY: This Notice invites the following eligible States: 
Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, 
New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, 
Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming, to submit an Application for 
Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), and to enter into a Cooperative 
Agreement with the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for the 
Allocation of Organic Certification Cost-Share Funds. The AMS has 
allocated $1.495 million for this organic certification cost-share 
program in Fiscal Year 2010. Funds are available under this program to 
16 designated States to provide cost-share assistance to organic crop 
and livestock producers certified under the National Organic Program 
(NOP). Eligible States interested in obtaining cost-share funds for 
their organic producers will have to submit an Application for Federal

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Assistance, and enter into a cooperative agreement with AMS for 
allocation of funds.

DATES: Completed applications for Federal assistance along with signed 
cooperative agreements must be received by close of business, September 
24, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Applications for Federal assistance and cooperative 
agreements shall be submitted to: Betsy Rakola, Grants Management 
Specialist, National Organic Program, USDA/AMS/TMP/NOP, Room 2640-
South, Ag Stop 0268, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 
20250-0264; Telephone: (202) 720-3252. Additional information can be 
found under ``Organic Cost Share Program'' on the National Organic 
Program's homepage at https://www.ams.usda.gov/nop.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Betsy Rakola, Grants Management 
Specialist, National Organic Program, USDA/AMS/TM/NOP, Room 2640-South, 
Ag Stop 0268, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-0268; 
Telephone: (202) 720-3252.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This Organic Certification Cost-Share 
Program is part of the Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) Program 
authorized under the Federal Crop Insurance Act (FCIA), as amended, (7 
U.S.C. 1524). Under the applicable FCIA provisions, the Department is 
authorized to provide cost-share assistance to organic producers in the 
States of Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, 
Massachusetts, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, 
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wyoming. 
The AMS has allocated $1.495 million for this organic certification 
cost-share program in Fiscal Year 2010. This organic certification 
cost-share program provides financial assistance to organic producers 
certified to the NOP authorized under the Organic Foods Production Act 
of 1990, as amended (7 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.). This program is in 
addition to and separate from the National Organic Certification Cost-
Share Program which is also administered by AMS and is open to all 
States and U.S. Territories.
    To participate in the program, eligible States, through their State 
Department of Agriculture, must complete an Application for Federal 
Assistance (Standard Form 424) and enter into a written cooperative 
agreement with AMS. State Department of Agriculture refers to agencies, 
commissions, or departments of State government responsible for 
implementing regulation, policy or programs on agriculture within their 
State. The program will provide cost-share assistance, through 
participating States, to organic crop and livestock producers receiving 
certification or continuation of certification by a USDA accredited 
certifying agent commencing October 1, 2010, through September 30, 
2011. The Department has determined that payments will be limited to 75 
percent of an individual producer's certification costs up to a maximum 
of $750.00.
    To receive cost-share assistance, organic producers must submit an 
application to the representative Agency of the State in which their 
farm/operation is located. This application must include: (1) Proof of 
NOP certification issued or continued within the cost-share qualifying 
period, October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011, and (2) an 
itemized invoice demonstrating costs incurred for NOP certification. 
Costs incurred for non-certification activities, such as, membership 
associations or farm/operation inputs are not eligible for assistance 
through this program. Assistance provided to eligible producers under 
this cost-share program is included under the Agricultural Management 
Assistance (AMA) Program. Total amount of cost-share payments provided 
to any eligible producer under all AMA programs cannot exceed $50,000.
    How To Submit Applications: To receive fund allocations to provide 
cost-share assistance, a State Department of Agriculture must complete 
an Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), and enter 
into a written cooperative agreement with AMS. AMS encourages 
interested States to submit the Application for Federal Assistance, 
(Standard Form 424) electronically via Grants.gov, the Federal grants 
Web site, https://www.grants.gov. Applications submitted electronically 
via Grants.gov must be filed by September 24, 2010. A hardcopy of 
Standard Form 424 bearing an original signature is not required when 
applying through https://www.grants.gov. However, the cooperative 
agreement must have the original signature of the official who has 
authority to apply for Federal assistance. The signed cooperative 
agreement must be sent by express mail or courier service and received 
at the above address by September 24, 2010. States considering 
submitting electronic application forms should become familiar with the 
Grants.Gov Web site and begin the application process well in advance 
of the application deadline. For information on how to apply 
electronically, please consult https://www.grants.gov/GetRegistered.
    State Agencies submitting hard copy applications should submit a 
signed copy of Standard Form 424 and a signed copy of the cooperative 
agreement to AMS at the address listed above. The Standard Form 424 and 
the cooperative agreement must have the original signature of the 
official who has authority to apply for Federal assistance. Hard copy 
applications should be sent only via express mail or courier service 
and must be received at the above address by September 24, 2010.
    The AMA Organic Certification Cost-Share Program is listed in the 
``Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance'' under number 10.163 and 
subject agencies must adhere to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 
1964, which bars discrimination in all Federally assisted programs. 
Additional information on the AMA Organic Certification Cost-Share 
Program can be found under ``Organic Cost Share Program'' on the NOP's 
homepage at https://www.ams.usda.gov/nop.

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1524.

    Dated: September 1, 2010.
Rayne Pegg,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-22244 Filed 9-7-10; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-02-P