Farm Loan Pilot Projects, 60805-60807 [2014-24050]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 8, 2014 / Notices single cheddar cheese plant or it may report for more than one cheddar cheese plant, depending upon how the business is structured. Estimated Number of Respondents: 13. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 52. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 225 hours. (3) Dairy Products Sales, Butter Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 20 minutes per week for each report submitted. Respondents: Butter manufacturers. Each reporting entity may report for a single butter plant or it may report for more than one butter plant, depending upon how the business is structured. Estimated Number of Respondents: 19. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 52. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 329 hours. (4) Dairy Products Sales, Nonfat Dry Milk Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 20 minutes per week for each report submitted. Respondents: Nonfat dry milk (NFDM) manufacturers. Each reporting entity may report for a single NFDM plant or it may report for more than one NFDM plant, depending upon how the business is structured. Estimated Number of Respondents: 28. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 52. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 485 hours. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES (5) Dairy Products Sales, Dry Whey Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 20 minutes per week for each report submitted. Respondents: Dry whey manufacturers. Each reporting entity may report for a single dry whey plant or it may report for more than one dry whey plant, depending upon how the business is structured. Estimated Number of Respondents: 19. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 52. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 329 hours. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Oct 07, 2014 Jkt 235001 60805 (6) Annual Validation Survey DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 20 minutes per year for each report submitted. Respondents: Dairy manufacturers. Each reporting entity may report for a single plant or it may report for more than one plant, depending upon how the business is structured. Estimated Number of Respondents: 181. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 60 hours. Farm Service Agency (7) Survey Follow-Up, Verification Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 5 minutes for each contact from AMS. Respondents: Dairy manufacturers. Each reporting entity may report for a single plant or it may report for more than one plant, depending upon how the business is structured. AMS may contact manufacturers as necessary to follow up on missing or incomplete reports and ensure that accurate information is provided by manufacturers. Estimated Number of Respondents: 7. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 30 hours. Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of the information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record. Dated: October 3, 2014. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2014–24012 Filed 10–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Farm Loan Pilot Projects Farm Service Agency, USDA. Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: ACTION: The Farm Service Agency (FSA) will conduct pilot projects of limited scope and duration to evaluate processes and techniques that may improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Farm Loan Programs (FLP) real estate loans (also referred to as ‘‘farm ownership loans’’), operating loans, emergency loans, and administrative provisions, as required by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill). This notice provides an opportunity for the public to provide comments for FSA to consider for pilot projects. FSA expects to conduct at least two to three pilot projects. DATES: We will consider comments that we receive by November 7, 2014. ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit comments on this notice. In your comment, include volume, date, and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Carrie L. Novak, Senior Loan Officer, LMD DAFLP FSA, US Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 0522, Washington, DC 20250–0522. Comments will be available for viewing online at http:// www.regulations.gov. In addition, comments will be available for public inspection at the above address during business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Novak; phone: (202) 720–1643. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of information for this notice (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720– 2600 (voice). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background FSA makes and services a variety of direct and guaranteed loans to farmers who are temporarily unable to obtain private commercial credit. FSA also provides direct loan customers with credit counseling and supervision to enhance their opportunity for success. FSA loan applicants are often beginning E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1 60806 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 8, 2014 / Notices farmers and socially disadvantaged farmers who do not qualify for conventional loans because of insufficient net worth or established farmers who have suffered financial setbacks due to natural disasters or economic downturns. FSA loans are tailored to a customer’s needs and may be used to buy farmland and to finance agricultural production. FSA makes direct and guaranteed operating and farm ownership loans to eligible farmers and ranchers. Under its direct operating loan program, FSA also makes loans to youths to establish and operate income-producing projects of modest size in connection with their participation in 4–H clubs, Future Farmers of America, and similar organizations. Guaranteed loans are made through private lenders with a guarantee of up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest. Direct and guaranteed operating loans can be used to purchase livestock, equipment, feed, seed, and other material essential to a farm or ranch operation. Direct and guaranteed farm ownership loan funds may be used to purchase land, construct buildings, or make farm improvements. Guaranteed operating and farm ownership loans may also be used to refinance debt. FSA also provides assistance to beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers under its Direct Farm Ownership Down Payment Loan Program, and provides retiring farmers the opportunity to transfer their land to future generations of farmers and ranchers. FSA also targets a portion of its direct and guaranteed operating loan and farm ownership loan funds to beginning farmers and ranchers and socially disadvantaged applicants. Emergency loans are available to established farmers and ranchers who have suffered losses as a result of a natural disaster or quarantine. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FLP Pilot Projects Section 5302 of the 2014 Farm Bill amends the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (also known as the CONACT) to provide the Secretary authority to conduct pilot projects of limited scope and duration to evaluate processes and techniques that may improve the efficiency and effectiveness of real estate loans, operating loans, emergency loans, and administrative provisions (7 U.S.C. 1983d). Processes and techniques can be as specific as the manner in which applications for assistance are submitted (for example, through electronic submissions), or as broad as more effective methods of VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Oct 07, 2014 Jkt 235001 outreach on programs for existing and potential customers. FSA is constantly identifying ways to improve services and is interested in hearing what kinds of pilots our customers, stakeholders, and other members of the public want to see. FSA wants to hear how we can better serve our customers and understand their needs. The following are examples of initiatives that FSA has already taken to improve efficiency and effectiveness for FLP. One way that FSA has made improvements is by expanding credit opportunities for farmers and ranchers with the Microloan Program. A Microloan is a small direct farm operating loan with a shortened application process and reduced paperwork. In addition, modifications were made to the experience requirement to allow for mentors and apprenticeships. This has already helped farmers. FSA has recently released a recent package of technology enhancements that include Web access for handheld and smartphone users, as well as a more efficient and timely option for receiving news and critical program information. The technology improvements will allow users of FSA information to gain access to easy-to-read data, including key features such as loan deficiency payment rates, posted county prices, FSA news releases and AskFSA, the agency’s online self-help knowledge base. A recently revised policy allows FSA to issue farm loan guarantees to nontraditional lenders. A nontraditional lender is one that does not typically hold deposit accounts and is not subject to oversight and supervision. The most common nontraditional lenders are those who are funded under the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. Nontraditional lenders can originate, hold and service guaranteed loans. The goal is to improve and maintain the quality of rural communities. This goal is accomplished by assisting rural communities, individuals, groups, and support organizations with viable rural development enterprises. FSA has worked with traditional lenders in the past, but is now expanding to work with both traditional and nontraditional lenders. FSA is currently operating a pilot project in digital signatures. The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (Pub. L. 106– 229) ensures that a signature, contract, or other record relating to such transaction may not be denied legal PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 effect, validity, or enforceability solely because it is in electronic form. It is an FSA policy decision whether a certain electronic format is practicable for a certain transaction. This digital signature pilot will allow FSA to evaluate the use of this available technology, potential cost and time savings, and determine whether it is practical for FLP and Farm Programs (FP) purposes. This will assist FSA to develop policy to not only allow the use of digital signatures by FSA officials, but by producers, FLP applicants, borrowers, and lenders as well. The pilot is to be conducted in Indiana and Texas; digital signatures are only authorized for certain FLP and FP documents. FSA is requesting comments that will be used to develop recommendations for pilot projects that will meet the intended goals to evaluate processes and techniques that may improve the efficiency and effectiveness of real estate loans, operating loans, emergency loans, and administrative provisions. The pilot projects may diverge from program regulations at 7 CFR parts 761 through 767, but the pilot projects must be consistent with the existing statutory provisions governing Real Estate Loans, Operating Loans, Emergency Loans, and Administrative Provisions (see 7 U.S.C. Chapter 50, subchapters I through IV for the details of these CONACT provisions). For example, a suggestion could be for projects that provide financial and management assistance to eligible family farmers for authorized loan purposes. Additional information on FLP policies and procedures is available in FSA handbooks 1–FLP through 6–FLP at http://www.fsa. usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home& subject=lare&topic=hbk. The following questions provide examples of loan making and servicing concerns that may be helpful to consider for your comment: • How can FSA better reach and serve veterans, especially returning veterans who plan to start or return to farming? • How can FSA encourage lending for urban agriculture? • What pricing models can be developed or expanded to assist loan officers in lending to producers who sell traditional and specialty agricultural products at non-traditional markets? • What types of borrower training systems can be explored to provide long term economic benefits to agricultural producers? • Should FSA explore the use of credit scores for small, streamlined loan applications? • Are there alternative lenders and financers (grocery chains, implement E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 8, 2014 / Notices and feed dealers, community development organizations) that could partner and improve service to joint customers as well as strengthen their own business needs? • What type of consulting service could be developed to assist existing borrowers to be more productive and successful? • How can the role of a mentor be expanded beyond microloans? • What are other methods that an applicant can successfully prove experience and managerial ability? In your comment it will be most helpful to: • Explain the proposed pilot project in as much detail as possible, including the issue or concern to be addressed and the intended benefit(s); • Provide specific examples to illustrate your points; • Describe whether the project is intended to benefit any particular region, type of agricultural producer (organic, direct market, wholesale, etc.), or end customer; and • Outline any potential costs or costs savings and the basis for the assumptions. At the conclusion of the comment period, FSA staff will review and consider all of the suggestions in the comments. As required by the 2014 Farm Bill, at least 60 days before initiating a pilot project, the Secretary will submit notice of the proposed pilot project to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate. FSA will also consider any feedback provided to the Secretary in response to that notice. FSA expects to select at least two to three pilot projects. FSA will announce the pilot projects through news release. FSA expects that one of the results of the pilot project will help expand service to underserved producers. For example, in remote areas, such as Indian Country, distance and travel time make it extremely difficult to establish the network of contacts essential for effective outreach and to provide technical assistance. FSA lacks the necessary knowledge and staff resources to overcome language and cultural barriers for some minority communities and provide effective outreach and technical assistance. In such situations, partnerships with local organizations could use existing networks and expertise to provide effective outreach and technical assistance and expand participation. This is one example of how FSA may carry out some pilot projects. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Oct 07, 2014 Jkt 235001 In addition to this notice, general information about FSA’s administration of FLP is also available on the FSA Web site at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/ webapp?area=home&subject =fmlp&topic=landing. Signed on September 30, 2014. Val Dolcini, Administrator, Farm Service Agency. [FR Doc. 2014–24050 Filed 10–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–05–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [B–71–2014] Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 32—Miami, Florida; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; Brightstar Corporation (Cell Phone Kitting); Miami, Florida Greater Miami Foreign-Trade Zone, Inc., grantee of FTZ 32, submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the FTZ Board on behalf of Brightstar Corporation (Brightstar), located in Miami, Florida. The notification conforming to the requirements of the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR 400.22) was received on October 1, 2014. Brightstar already has authority to produce cell phones and cell phone accessories within Site 6 of FTZ 32. The current request would add foreign status materials/components to the scope of authority. Pursuant to 15 CFR 400.14(b), additional FTZ authority would be limited to the specific foreign-status materials/components and specific finished products described in the submitted notification (as described below) and subsequently authorized by the FTZ Board. Production under FTZ procedures could exempt Brightstar from customs duty payments on the foreign status materials/components used in export production. On its domestic sales, Brightstar would be able to choose the duty rates during customs entry procedures that apply to cell phones (duty rate 0%) for the foreign status materials/components noted below and in the existing scope of authority. Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or reduced on foreign status production equipment. The materials/components sourced from abroad include: Plastic bubble wrap; plastic carrying cases; packaging trays and inserts; plastic bags and sacks; corrugated and non-corrugated paper boxes; paper packaging trays and inserts; paper labels; instruction PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60807 manuals; nickel-cadmium batteries; nickel-iron batteries; nickel-metal batteries; lithium-ion batteries; lithiummetal batteries; cell phone parts; and, memory cards (duty rate ranges from 0 to 6.5%). Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the Board’s Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is November 17, 2014. A copy of the notification will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 21013, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230–0002, and in the ‘‘Reading Room’’ section of the Board’s Web site, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz. For further information, contact Christopher Kemp at christopher.kemp@ trade.gov (202) 482–0862. Dated: October 1, 2014. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–24088 Filed 10–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry and Security In the Matter of: Ming Xie, a/k/a Michael Xie, 16 Nathan Drive, Towaco, New Jersey 07082, Respondent; Horizon RX Systems, 16 Nathan Drive, Towaco, New Jersey 07082, Related Person; Order Denying Export Privileges A. Denial of Export Privileges of Ming Xie a/k/a Michael Xie On May 22, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, Ming Xie, a/k/a Michael Xie (‘‘Xie’’), was convicted of violating Section 38 of the Arms Export Control Act (22 U.S.C. 2778 (2012)) (‘‘AECA’’) and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701, et seq. (2006 & Supp. IV 2010)) (‘‘IEEPA’’). Specifically, Xie knowingly and willfully exported and caused to be exported from the United States power amplifiers, defense articles of United States origin, without first obtaining from the U.S. Department of State a license or other export authorization for such export, in violation of the AECA. Xie also knowingly and willfully exported from the United States to the People’s Republic of China power amplifiers, items subject to the Export Adminstration Regulations, without first obtaining the required export license or other authorization from the U.S. E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 195 (Wednesday, October 8, 2014)]
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[Pages 60805-60807]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Farm Service Agency


Farm Loan Pilot Projects

AGENCY: Farm Service Agency, USDA.

ACTION: Notice and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Farm Service Agency (FSA) will conduct pilot projects of 
limited scope and duration to evaluate processes and techniques that 
may improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the Farm Loan Programs 
(FLP) real estate loans (also referred to as ``farm ownership loans''), 
operating loans, emergency loans, and administrative provisions, as 
required by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill). This 
notice provides an opportunity for the public to provide comments for 
FSA to consider for pilot projects. FSA expects to conduct at least two 
to three pilot projects.

DATES: We will consider comments that we receive by November 7, 2014.

ADDRESSES: We invite you to submit comments on this notice. In your 
comment, include volume, date, and page number of this issue of the 
Federal Register. You may submit comments by any of the following 
methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting 
comments.
     Mail: Carrie L. Novak, Senior Loan Officer, LMD DAFLP FSA, 
US Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 0522, 
Washington, DC 20250-0522.
    Comments will be available for viewing online at http://www.regulations.gov. In addition, comments will be available for public 
inspection at the above address during business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 
p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Novak; phone: (202) 720-1643. 
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for 
communication of information for this notice (Braille, large print, 
audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 
(voice).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    FSA makes and services a variety of direct and guaranteed loans to 
farmers who are temporarily unable to obtain private commercial credit. 
FSA also provides direct loan customers with credit counseling and 
supervision to enhance their opportunity for success. FSA loan 
applicants are often beginning

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farmers and socially disadvantaged farmers who do not qualify for 
conventional loans because of insufficient net worth or established 
farmers who have suffered financial setbacks due to natural disasters 
or economic downturns. FSA loans are tailored to a customer's needs and 
may be used to buy farmland and to finance agricultural production.
    FSA makes direct and guaranteed operating and farm ownership loans 
to eligible farmers and ranchers. Under its direct operating loan 
program, FSA also makes loans to youths to establish and operate 
income-producing projects of modest size in connection with their 
participation in 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America, and similar 
organizations. Guaranteed loans are made through private lenders with a 
guarantee of up to 95 percent of the loss of principal and interest. 
Direct and guaranteed operating loans can be used to purchase 
livestock, equipment, feed, seed, and other material essential to a 
farm or ranch operation.
    Direct and guaranteed farm ownership loan funds may be used to 
purchase land, construct buildings, or make farm improvements. 
Guaranteed operating and farm ownership loans may also be used to 
refinance debt. FSA also provides assistance to beginning and socially 
disadvantaged farmers and ranchers under its Direct Farm Ownership Down 
Payment Loan Program, and provides retiring farmers the opportunity to 
transfer their land to future generations of farmers and ranchers.
    FSA also targets a portion of its direct and guaranteed operating 
loan and farm ownership loan funds to beginning farmers and ranchers 
and socially disadvantaged applicants.
    Emergency loans are available to established farmers and ranchers 
who have suffered losses as a result of a natural disaster or 
quarantine.

FLP Pilot Projects

    Section 5302 of the 2014 Farm Bill amends the Consolidated Farm and 
Rural Development Act (also known as the CONACT) to provide the 
Secretary authority to conduct pilot projects of limited scope and 
duration to evaluate processes and techniques that may improve the 
efficiency and effectiveness of real estate loans, operating loans, 
emergency loans, and administrative provisions (7 U.S.C. 1983d). 
Processes and techniques can be as specific as the manner in which 
applications for assistance are submitted (for example, through 
electronic submissions), or as broad as more effective methods of 
outreach on programs for existing and potential customers.
    FSA is constantly identifying ways to improve services and is 
interested in hearing what kinds of pilots our customers, stakeholders, 
and other members of the public want to see. FSA wants to hear how we 
can better serve our customers and understand their needs. The 
following are examples of initiatives that FSA has already taken to 
improve efficiency and effectiveness for FLP.
    One way that FSA has made improvements is by expanding credit 
opportunities for farmers and ranchers with the Microloan Program. A 
Microloan is a small direct farm operating loan with a shortened 
application process and reduced paperwork. In addition, modifications 
were made to the experience requirement to allow for mentors and 
apprenticeships. This has already helped farmers.
    FSA has recently released a recent package of technology 
enhancements that include Web access for handheld and smartphone users, 
as well as a more efficient and timely option for receiving news and 
critical program information. The technology improvements will allow 
users of FSA information to gain access to easy-to-read data, including 
key features such as loan deficiency payment rates, posted county 
prices, FSA news releases and AskFSA, the agency's online self-help 
knowledge base.
    A recently revised policy allows FSA to issue farm loan guarantees 
to nontraditional lenders. A nontraditional lender is one that does not 
typically hold deposit accounts and is not subject to oversight and 
supervision. The most common nontraditional lenders are those who are 
funded under the U.S. Department of Treasury's Community Development 
Financial Institutions Fund. Nontraditional lenders can originate, hold 
and service guaranteed loans. The goal is to improve and maintain the 
quality of rural communities. This goal is accomplished by assisting 
rural communities, individuals, groups, and support organizations with 
viable rural development enterprises. FSA has worked with traditional 
lenders in the past, but is now expanding to work with both traditional 
and nontraditional lenders.
    FSA is currently operating a pilot project in digital signatures. 
The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (Pub. L. 
106-229) ensures that a signature, contract, or other record relating 
to such transaction may not be denied legal effect, validity, or 
enforceability solely because it is in electronic form. It is an FSA 
policy decision whether a certain electronic format is practicable for 
a certain transaction.
    This digital signature pilot will allow FSA to evaluate the use of 
this available technology, potential cost and time savings, and 
determine whether it is practical for FLP and Farm Programs (FP) 
purposes. This will assist FSA to develop policy to not only allow the 
use of digital signatures by FSA officials, but by producers, FLP 
applicants, borrowers, and lenders as well. The pilot is to be 
conducted in Indiana and Texas; digital signatures are only authorized 
for certain FLP and FP documents.
    FSA is requesting comments that will be used to develop 
recommendations for pilot projects that will meet the intended goals to 
evaluate processes and techniques that may improve the efficiency and 
effectiveness of real estate loans, operating loans, emergency loans, 
and administrative provisions. The pilot projects may diverge from 
program regulations at 7 CFR parts 761 through 767, but the pilot 
projects must be consistent with the existing statutory provisions 
governing Real Estate Loans, Operating Loans, Emergency Loans, and 
Administrative Provisions (see 7 U.S.C. Chapter 50, subchapters I 
through IV for the details of these CONACT provisions). For example, a 
suggestion could be for projects that provide financial and management 
assistance to eligible family farmers for authorized loan purposes. 
Additional information on FLP policies and procedures is available in 
FSA handbooks 1-FLP through 6-FLP at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=lare&topic=hbk.
    The following questions provide examples of loan making and 
servicing concerns that may be helpful to consider for your comment:
     How can FSA better reach and serve veterans, especially 
returning veterans who plan to start or return to farming?
     How can FSA encourage lending for urban agriculture?
     What pricing models can be developed or expanded to assist 
loan officers in lending to producers who sell traditional and 
specialty agricultural products at non-traditional markets?
     What types of borrower training systems can be explored to 
provide long term economic benefits to agricultural producers?
     Should FSA explore the use of credit scores for small, 
streamlined loan applications?
     Are there alternative lenders and financers (grocery 
chains, implement

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and feed dealers, community development organizations) that could 
partner and improve service to joint customers as well as strengthen 
their own business needs?
     What type of consulting service could be developed to 
assist existing borrowers to be more productive and successful?
     How can the role of a mentor be expanded beyond 
microloans?
     What are other methods that an applicant can successfully 
prove experience and managerial ability?
    In your comment it will be most helpful to:
     Explain the proposed pilot project in as much detail as 
possible, including the issue or concern to be addressed and the 
intended benefit(s);
     Provide specific examples to illustrate your points;
     Describe whether the project is intended to benefit any 
particular region, type of agricultural producer (organic, direct 
market, wholesale, etc.), or end customer; and
     Outline any potential costs or costs savings and the basis 
for the assumptions.
    At the conclusion of the comment period, FSA staff will review and 
consider all of the suggestions in the comments.
    As required by the 2014 Farm Bill, at least 60 days before 
initiating a pilot project, the Secretary will submit notice of the 
proposed pilot project to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of 
Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and 
Forestry of the Senate. FSA will also consider any feedback provided to 
the Secretary in response to that notice.
    FSA expects to select at least two to three pilot projects. FSA 
will announce the pilot projects through news release.
    FSA expects that one of the results of the pilot project will help 
expand service to underserved producers. For example, in remote areas, 
such as Indian Country, distance and travel time make it extremely 
difficult to establish the network of contacts essential for effective 
outreach and to provide technical assistance. FSA lacks the necessary 
knowledge and staff resources to overcome language and cultural 
barriers for some minority communities and provide effective outreach 
and technical assistance. In such situations, partnerships with local 
organizations could use existing networks and expertise to provide 
effective outreach and technical assistance and expand participation. 
This is one example of how FSA may carry out some pilot projects.
    In addition to this notice, general information about FSA's 
administration of FLP is also available on the FSA Web site at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/webapp?area=home&subject=fmlp&topic=landing.

    Signed on September 30, 2014.
Val Dolcini,
Administrator, Farm Service Agency.
[FR Doc. 2014-24050 Filed 10-7-14; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-05-P