Commodity Credit Corporation – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Request for a Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2020-25980
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) intention to request a revision for a currently approved information collection in support of the CCC Export Credit Guarantee (GSM-102) Program based on current program levels and participants.
Payment Limitation and Payment Eligibility
Document Number: 2020-25456
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) amended its regulations concerning payment limitation and eligibility through a final rule published in the Federal Register on August 21, 2020. This correction restores the previous definitions of ``active personal management,'' ``significant contribution,'' ``significant contribution of active personal management,'' and ``significant contribution of the combination of active personal labor and active personal management.''
Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Document Number: 2020-23437
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This final rule adopts, with minor changes, an interim rule published in the Federal Register on December 17, 2019, that made changes to the NRCS's Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The changes were made to be consistent with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) and implemented administrative improvements and clarifications. NRCS received input from 197 commenters who provided 598 comments in response to the interim rule. This final rule makes permanent those changes appearing in the interim rule, responds to comments, and makes further adjustments in response to some of the comments received.
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Document Number: 2020-22345
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This final rule adopts, with minor changes, an interim rule published in the Federal Register on November 12, 2019. The interim rule implemented changes to CSP that were necessitated by enactment of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) or that were required to implement administrative improvements and clarifications. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) received input from 110 commenters who provided 615 comments in response to the interim rule. This final rule makes permanent those changes appearing in the interim rule, responds to comments, and makes further adjustments in response to some of the comments received. In addition, the rule makes some minor technical corrections.
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA); Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP)
Document Number: 2020-20143
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
The Seafood Trade Relief Program (STRP) provides payments to eligible commercial fishermen of seafood commodities that have been impacted by trade actions of foreign governments resulting in the loss of exports. This document announces the availability of STRP funds for eligible active commercial fishermen as specified in this document, consistent with the Presidential Memorandum issued on June 24, 2020, ``Protecting the United States Lobster Industry.'' The Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers STRP on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). Payments are for the purpose of expanding or aiding in the expansion of domestic markets for U.S. caught and sold seafood.
Payment Limitation and Payment Eligibility
Document Number: 2020-18148
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-08-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule implements the mandatory changes required by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) and other changes made by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) on behalf of CCC. Specifically, the mandatory changes update program applicability and payment limitations; and specify that the Secretary may approve a waiver of the average adjusted gross income (AGI) limitation for participants of certain conservation contracts administered by FSA and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on environmentally sensitive land. Also, the mandatory changes expand the definition of ``family member'' to include first cousins, nieces, and nephews. This rule also includes changes that make minor clarifications and updates throughout part 1400.
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program
Document Number: 2020-17385
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA), on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), is announcing changes to the availability of funding and payment calculation for certified organic operations, which are required based on expected participation levels and limited funding, under the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). FSA is also announcing the opportunity for State Agencies to apply for grant agreements to administer the OCCSP program in fiscal year (FY) 2020.
Notice of Funds Availability for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) for Fiscal Year 2020; Correction
Document Number: 2020-13360
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Commodity Credit Corporation and the Rural Business- Cooperative Service, USDA published a notice in the Federal Register on May 5, 2020 regarding the Notice of Funds Availability for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) for Fiscal Year 2020. This document inadvertently did not include all the Western states in Section V. Application Review Information, A. Criteria, 2. This notice corrects that omission.
Debt Management
Document Number: 2020-09447
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-06-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service, Office of the Secretary
The general debt management regulations of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) provide that individual USDA agencies may issue regulations for their own specific debt collection activities principally in recognition that the agencies conducted debt collection activities prior to the enactment of the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA). Many of the provisions of individual agencies are redundant to part 3. This rule will eliminate the debt collection regulations of the following USDA agencies, and part 3 will be revised to include specific provisions used by these agencies: the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC); the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), and the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In addition, as required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Improvements Act of 2015 (the 2015 Civil Penalties Act), this rule updates the size of civil monetary penalties to reflect inflationary adjustments for 2020.
Notice of Funds Availability for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) for Fiscal Year 2020 and Solicitation of Applications for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) for Fiscal Year 2020; Correction
Document Number: 2020-11977
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Commodity Credit Corporation and the Rural Business- Cooperative Service, USDA published a notice in the Federal Register on May 5, 2020 regarding the Notice of Funds Availability for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) for Fiscal Year 2020 and a notice on May 15, 2020, regarding the Solicitation of Applications for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) for Fiscal Year 2020 announcing the opening date for the application window. These documents referenced an incorrect program name in the DATES section of both notices.
Solicitation of Applications for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) for Fiscal Year 2020
Document Number: 2020-10487
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and the Rural Business- Cooperative Service (RBCS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced its general policy and application procedures for funding under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) in a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) on May 5, 2020 in the Federal Register. The HBIIP will provide up to $100 million in competitive grants to eligible entities for activities designed to expand the sales and use of renewable fuels under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). This Notice announces the opening date for the HBIIP application window.
Notice of Funds Availability for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) for Fiscal Year 2020
Document Number: 2020-09685
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-05-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and the Rural Business- Cooperative Service (RBCS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announce the availability of up to $100 million in competitive grants to eligible entities for activities designed to expand the sales and use of renewable fuels under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). Cost- share grants of up to 50 percent of total eligible project costs but not more than $5 million will be made available to assist transportation fueling and fuel distribution facilities with converting to higher blend friendly status for ethanol (i.e., greater than 10 percent ethanol) and biodiesel (greater than 5 percent biodiesel) by sharing the costs related to the installation, and/or retrofitting, and/or otherwise upgrading of dispenser/pumps, related equipment, and infrastructure.
Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs and Noninsured Crop Assistance Program; Correction
Document Number: 2020-05399
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-03-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This document corrects regulations that were published in the Federal Register on September 3, 2019, and March 2, 2020. The rules revised the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Programs and Noninsured Crop Assistance Program (NAP) to implement changes required by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill). There were errors in three of the definitions in ARC and PLC program rule. The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is also correcting one sentence in the NAP rule.
Regional Conservation Partnership Program; Correction
Document Number: 2020-05157
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-03-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
CCC is correcting an interim rule that was published in the Federal Register on February 13, 2020, to incorporate the 2018 Farm Bill changes to the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) program administration. There was an unintentional error that omitted several paragraphs in a certain section in the RCPP rule. CCC and NRCS are also extending the comment period for the interim rule.
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Document Number: 2020-04103
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-03-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule implements changes to the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) as required by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill). The rule makes buy-up coverage levels available for 2019 and future years, increases service fees, and extends the service fee waiver and premium reduction to eligible veterans. The rule includes the changes to the payment limitation and native sod provisions and clarifies when NAP coverage is available for crops when certain crop insurance is available under the Federal Crop Insurance Act. This rule is adding provisions for eligibility and program requirements for new producers or producers with less than 1- year growing experience with a new crop (for example, most hemp producers). This rule also makes some additional minor changes to clarify existing NAP requirements and improve program integrity.
Announcement of Future Competitive Grant Funds Availability for Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) for Fiscal Year 2020
Document Number: 2020-03831
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and the Rural Business- Cooperative Service (RBCS), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), intend to announce in a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) the availability of up to $100 million in competitive grants to eligible entities for activities designed to expand the sales and use of renewable fuels under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). The purpose of this notice is to alert prospective participants and stakeholders of the Agencies' intentions to jointly publish a NOFA by mid-spring which will provide specific program information and requirements.
Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance Programs
Document Number: 2020-03841
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) amends the Agricultural Act of 2014 to make changes to the Supplemental Agricultural Disaster Assistance Programs, which include the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP), and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP). The rule includes changes required by the 2018 Farm Bill, as well as discretionary changes intended improve administration of the programs and clarify existing program requirements.
Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Document Number: 2020-01812
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This interim rule with request for public comment adds a new part to our regulations to implement the Regioinal Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). RCPP enhances conservation and promotes coordination between NRCS and its partners to help producers and landowners increase the restoration and sustainable use of soil, water, and wildlife on a regional or watershed scale. NRCS, an agency of the USDA, administers RCPP, which is funded through CCC. RCCP is reauthorized by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill), which streamlined RCPP administration, including elimination of ``covered program'' financial transfers and replacement of covered program contracts with RCPP contracts and programmatic partnership agreements. Section 2504 of the 2018 Farm Bill authorizes NRCS to implement RCPP through an Availability of Program Funding (APF) announcement in FY 2019 without issuing a regulation. This interim administration authority expired September 30, 2019, and section 1271E(e) of the RCPP statute, as amended, requires NRCS to administer RCPP through a regulation going forward. Therefore, NRCS is publishing this interim rule to incorporate the 2018 Farm Bill changes to RCPP program administration.
Pima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund and Agriculture Wool Apparel Manufacturers Trust Fund
Document Number: 2020-01296
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-02-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This final rule makes amendments to regulations for the Pima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund (Agriculture Pima Trust Fund) and the Agriculture Wool Apparel Manufacturers Trust Fund (Wool Trust Fund) programs. This final rule makes minor changes to the Department of Agriculture's administration of the Wool Trust Fund, required by section 12603 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. Statutory changes were made with respect to two of the four types of payments available under the Wool Trust Fund, the Refund of Duties Paid on Imports of Certain Wool Products (Wool Duty Refund program) and the Payments to Manufacturers of Certain Worsted Wool Fabrics (Wool Grant program). In addition, new regulatory language is required to update the payment expiration calendar year and for submission of affidavits that apply to all four payments made available under the Wool Trust Fund. This final rule also makes minor changes to the Department of Agriculture's administration of the Agriculture Pima Trust Fund per section 12602 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018. New regulatory language is required for updating the payment expiration calendar year and to include information in the required affidavit of yarn spinners.
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
Document Number: 2020-01066
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
On January 6, 2020, CCC and NRCS published an interim rule in the Federal Register that made changes to the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) regulations. This correction is being published to address minor errors in the preamble portion of the ACEP interim rule published on January 6, 2020. There are no changes to the ACEP regulations as published on January 6, 2020. CCC and NRCS are also extending the comment period and asking for public input on additional specific questions.
Request for Information on a Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program
Document Number: 2020-00617
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-16
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The United States Department of Agriculture requests input from all interested parties on a Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). The Department Agency is exploring options to expand domestic ethanol and biodiesel availability and is seeking information on opportunities to consider infrastructure projects to facilitate increased sales of higher biofuel blends (E15/B20 or higher.) This effort will build on biofuels infrastructure investments and experience gained through the Biofuels Infrastructure Partnership (BIP). USDA administered BIP from 2016-2019 through state and private partners to expand the availability of E15 and E85 infrastructure to make available higher ethanol blends at retail gas stations around the country.
Market Access Program
Document Number: 2019-27965
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is revising the Market Access Program (MAP) regulations to eliminate the 5-year limit on participation by branded products in the program, as required in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, and to incorporate changes that conform the operation of the program to the requirements in the Uniform Guidance and Federal grant-making best practices.
Foreign Market Development Program
Document Number: 2019-27964
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-09
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule revises the Foreign Market Development (FMD) program regulations to incorporate changes that conform the operation of the program to the requirements in the ``Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards'' (Uniform Guidance) and Federal grant-making best practices.
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
Document Number: 2019-27883
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-01-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) made changes to ACEP. This interim rule makes conforming changes to the ACEP policies and procedures in the regulations.
Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program
Document Number: 2019-27248
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule revises the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) program regulations to incorporate legislative changes introduced in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and to incorporate changes that conform the operation of the program to the requirements in the ``Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards'' (Uniform Guidance) and Federal grant-making best practices.
Emerging Markets Program
Document Number: 2019-27246
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This final rule is revising the Emerging Markets Program (EMP) regulations to incorporate legislative changes introduced in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 and to incorporate changes that conform the operation of the program to the requirements in the ``Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards'' (Uniform Guidance) and Federal grant- making best practices.
Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Document Number: 2019-26872
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) made changes to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). This interim rule makes conforming changes to EQIP policies and procedures in the regulations. NRCS has responsibility for administering EQIP using funding, facilities, and authorities of the CCC. EQIP helps agricultural producers conserve and enhance soil, water, air, plants, animals (including wildlife), energy, and related natural resources on their land. Eligible lands include cropland, grassland, rangeland, pasture, wetlands, nonindustrial private forest land, and other agricultural land on which agricultural or forest- related products or livestock are produced and natural resource concerns may be addressed. Participation in the program is voluntary.
Conservation Reserve Program
Document Number: 2019-26268
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-12-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule is revising the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) regulations to specify the terms and conditions of CRP and to implement amendments made by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill). The 2018 Farm Bill authorizes CRP through fiscal year 2023. This rule makes required changes to the eligibility criteria for enrollment in CRP, the benefits available to participants, and the land use and compliance provisions of CRP. In addition, this rule will implement two new pilot programs, the Clean Lakes, Estuaries, and Rivers 30 (CLEAR 30) Pilot Program and the Soil Heath and Income Protection Pilot (SHIPP) Program, as required by the 2018 Farm Bill.
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Interim Rule
Document Number: 2019-24367
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-11-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This interim rule with request for comment amends the existing regulation for CSP to incorporate programmatic changes as authorized by amendments in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill).
Information Collection Request; Application for Payment of Amounts Due Persons Who Have Died, Disappeared, or Have Been Declared Incompetent
Document Number: 2019-23144
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) are requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on a revision and an extension of a currently approved information collection. CCC and FSA use the information to determine whether representatives or survivors of a producer are entitled to receive payments earned by a producer who dies, disappears, or is declared incompetent before receiving payments or other disbursements.
Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs; Correction
Document Number: 2019-21604
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is correcting a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on September 3, 2019, which revised the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Programs. That document inadvertently failed to include the relevant counties in Nebraska that have been established as having a history of double-cropping covered commodities or peanuts with fruits, vegetables, or wild rice and incorrectly listed the previous Regulation Identifier Number (RIN).
Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Farm Service Agency's Conservation Reserve Program
Document Number: 2019-21481
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
FSA, acting on behalf of the CCC, announces the availability for review and comment the draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) assessing the alternatives to and anticipated environmental impacts of potential changes from the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The intent of this notice is to make the draft PEA available for review and request comments by the public, other agencies, and Tribes on the proposed alternatives and their potential impacts to the human environment. The feedback we receive from this notice will be incorporated into the final PEA, as appropriate, prior to FSA's decision.
Agricultural Disaster Indemnity Programs
Document Number: 2019-19932
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-09-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
This rule establishes provisions for providing agricultural disaster assistance as authorized by the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019 (Disaster Relief Act). The Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) will provide payments to eligible producers who suffered eligible crop, tree, bush, and vine losses resulting from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, typhoons, volcanic activity, snowstorms, and wildfires that occurred in the 2018 and 2019 calendar years. The On-Farm Storage Loss Program will provide payments to eligible producers who suffered uncompensated losses of harvested commodities stored in farm structures as a result of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, typhoons, volcanic activity, snowstorms, and wildfires that occurred in the 2018 and 2019 calendar years. The Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program (WHIP) Milk Loss Program will provide payments to eligible dairy operations for milk that was dumped or removed without compensation from the commercial milk market due to hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, typhoons, volcanic activity, snowstorms, and wildfires that occurred in the 2018 and 2019 calendar years. This rule specifies the administrative provisions, eligibility requirements, application procedures, and payment calculations for WHIP+, On-Farm Storage Loss Program, and WHIP Milk Loss Program. As required by the Disaster Relief Act, this rule also expands eligibility for 2017 WHIP to include losses incurred from Tropical Storm Cindy, losses of peach and blueberry crops in calendar year 2017 due to extreme cold, and blueberry productivity losses in calendar year 2018 due to extreme cold and hurricane damage in calendar year 2017. This rule updates the regulations for the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) to provide assistance for eligible orchardists or nursery tree growers of pecan trees with a tree mortality rate that exceeds 7.5 percent (adjusted for normal mortality) and is less than 15 percent (adjusted for normal mortality) for losses incurred in calendar year 2018. Prevented planting supplemental disaster payments will provide support to producers who were prevented from planting eligible crops for the 2019 crop year due to excess precipitation, flood, storm surge, tornado, volcanic activity, tropical depressions, hurricanes, and cyclones in the 2019 calendar year. This rule specifies the administrative provisions, eligibility requirements, and payment calculations for prevented planting supplemental disaster payments.
Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs
Document Number: 2019-18853
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-09-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
This rule implements the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill), as amended. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) amended 2014 Farm Bill provisions regarding ARC and PLC, and authorized the ARC and PLC Programs for the 2019 through 2023 program years. The ARC and PLC Programs are continuing, with some changes. This rule also includes conforming changes to Farm Service Agency (FSA) general regulations that apply to multiple programs. The ARC and PLC Programs provide producers a choice between a counter-cyclical payment support type program (PLC) and an income support program (ARC). In a defined election and enrollment period, producers can elect different programs for different covered commodities on a farm, for example, choosing PLC for corn and ARC for soybeans on the same farm. There is also an option to elect ARC individual coverage (ARC-IC); however, if that option is elected, all the farm's covered commodities are elected with that option. This rule specifies the eligibility requirements, enrollment procedures, and payment calculations for the ARC and PLC Programs.
Food for Progress Program
Document Number: 2019-18420
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-08-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is amending the regulations governing the Food for Progress Program to include colleges and universities among the entities eligible for awards under the program, and to make other minor changes. The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 added colleges and universities to the list of eligible entities in the Food for Progress Act of 1985. This amendment implements the statutory change to expand the types of entities that can receive awards under the program, and it makes other technical changes to update the regulations.
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA); Market Facilitation Program (MFP) Payments to Producers
Document Number: 2019-15767
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-07-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
MFP provides payments to producers with commodities that have been impacted by trade actions of foreign governments resulting in the loss of exports. This NOFA announces the availability of MFP funds for eligible producers of specified agricultural commodities for 2019 that include certain non-specialty crops, specialty crops, dairy, and livestock as specified in this NOFA. On behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), the Farm Service Agency (FSA) will administer MFP. MFP dairy and livestock payments will be calculated on the eligible production amount multiplied by the participant's share in the commodity multiplied by the MFP payment rate. MFP participants of non- specialty and specialty crops will receive an MFP payment based upon the participant's ownership interest in the 2019 crop that was planted and reported to FSA for the 2019 crop year, including cover crops that are planted for harvest following a prevented planted non-specialty crop. The payment rate used by CCC to issue payments for non-specialty crops will be on a county-by-county basis and reflects the amount of damage incurred in a county by producers of the non-specialty crops from the imposition of tariffs by other countries on U.S. agricultural products. The payment rate for specialty crops will be on a state-by- state basis if sufficient data is available, otherwise payments will be on a national basis. This NOFA also announces the availability of 2018 MFP payments for a limited number of producers who are now eligible for assistance as the result of a provision of the Additional Supplemental Appropriations For Disaster Relief Act, 2019 (2019 Disaster Relief Act).
Trade Mitigation Program
Document Number: 2019-15700
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-07-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is revising the regulations to implement a Trade Mitigation Program (TMP) for producers of 2019 agricultural commodities that have been significantly impacted by trade actions of foreign governments resulting in the loss of exports. As part of TMP, the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) regulation specifies the eligibility requirements, payment calculations, and application procedures. The details for specific commodities and the relevant application start dates will be announced in applicable notices of funds availability (NOFAs). As part of TMP, the Expanded Domestic Commodity Donation Program (EDCDP) regulation specifies disposition of surplus commodities through outlets not currently used in existing Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) programs, the application process, eligibility, and use of grants or cooperative agreements. The details for specific commodities and conditions will be announced in applicable notices of commodity availability (NOCAs). This rule adds new subparts to the TMP regulation to address the 2019 agricultural commodities.
Delivery and Shipping Standards for Cotton Warehouses
Document Number: 2019-13089
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule amends the regulations that specify the storage and handling of cotton at warehouses approved by the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). The amendment modifies the weekly accounting and reporting for cotton bales made available for shipment to assure compliance with CCC requirements. This rule also revises the regulations to reflect transfer of administrative oversight of warehouse programs and activities from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).
Dairy Margin Coverage Program and Dairy Indemnity Payment Program
Document Number: 2019-12998
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
This final rule implements the requirements of the dairy programs administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). The Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program, as authorized by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill), replaces the Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy) for dairy producers and retains much of the structure of MPP-Dairy. DMC is a margin-based support program for dairy producers that provides risk management coverage that will pay producers when the difference between the national price of milk and the national estimated cost of feed (the margin) falls below a certain level. The rule also extends the Dairy Indemnity Payment Program (DIPP) through 2023 and amends the regulations to incorporate a specific period of time for which claims for the same loss will be eligible for indemnification under DIPP.
Export Credit Guarantee (GSM-102) Program and Facility Guarantee Program (FGP) Certifications
Document Number: 2019-12581
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-06-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This final rule modifies the certifications required to qualify to participate in the Export Credit Guarantee (GSM-102) Program and the Facility Guarantee Program (FGP) to make them consistent with Government-wide debarment and suspension guidelines and U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements. Specifically, CCC is eliminating the requirement for participants to make certain certifications with respect to affiliates.
Notice of Request for an Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-11486
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-06-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the CCC Facility Guarantee Program (FGP).
Notice of Funding Opportunity: Inviting Applications for the Foreign Market Development Cooperator Program
Document Number: 2019-11023
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Foreign Agricultural Service
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting proposals for the 2020 Foreign Market Development Cooperator (Cooperator) program. The Cooperator program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) on behalf of CCC. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from eligible applicants for fiscal year 2020 and to set out criteria for the awarding of funds under the program.
Notice of Funding Opportunity: Inviting Applications for the Market Access Program
Document Number: 2019-11022
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-05-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Foreign Agricultural Service
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces that it is inviting applications for the 2020 Market Access Program (MAP). The MAP is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) on behalf of CCC. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit proposals from eligible applicants for fiscal year 2020 and to set out the criteria for the awarding of funds under the program.
Miscellaneous Conservation Provisions
Document Number: 2019-09151
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-05-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Natural Resources Conservation Service
The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) made several minor changes to certain of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) conservation programs and related requirements. The conservation programs and related requirements include the administration of the State Technical Committee, the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act Program, the Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP), the Technical Service Provider (TSP) Assistance provisions, and the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP). This rule makes changes to the existing regulations for the conservation programs that are consistent with the changes made by the 2018 Farm Bill.
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for the Organic Certification Cost Share Program
Document Number: 2019-08624
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-04-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Farm Service Agency (FSA), on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), is announcing the availability of funding under the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP) for eligible certified organic producers and handlers. FSA is also announcing the opportunity for State Agencies to apply for grant agreements to administer the OCCSP program in fiscal year (FY) 2019. State Agencies that establish agreements for FY 2019 may be given the opportunity to extend their agreements and receive additional funds to administer the program in future years. Through this notice, FSA is providing the requirements for producers and handlers to apply for OCCSP payments, and for State Agencies to establish agreements to receive funds in order to provide cost share assistance to eligible producers and handlers.
Delivery and Shipping Standards for Cotton Warehouses
Document Number: 2019-06699
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-04-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) proposes to amend the regulations that specify the requirements for CCC-approved warehouses storing and handling cotton. The amendment would change how warehouse operators account for bales made available for shipment (BMAS) and how CCC determines BMAS compliance. The current regulation allows bales that are made available for shipment by the warehouse operator but not picked up (BNPU) by the shipper to count for up to two reporting weeks when calculating and reporting BMAS for the reporting week. This amendment proposes to limit BNPU to be counted for one week, with BMAS to include only bales actually shipped or not picked up for that reporting week. CCC also proposes to allow two additional options for the warehouse operator to meet the 4.5% cotton flow requirement by averaging either the BMAS for the reporting week and the week prior to the reporting week, or by averaging the BMAS for the reporting week and the week after the reporting week. In addition, CCC proposes to amend the regulations to reflect the transfer of warehouse programs and activities from USDA's Farm Service Agency to AMS in 2018.
Office of The Secretary; Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2019-05466
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
This notice proposes to revise to the Privacy Act System of Records titled Farm Records File (Automated) USDA, which includes information for certain Farm Service Agency under (FSA) Farm Programs and certain Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) programs that are administered by FSA on behalf of CCC. The records include information about the majority of agricultural producers in the United States. In general, USDA is modifying the system of records to add three new routine uses and make updates to one routine use to comply with recent requirements.
Office of the Secretary; Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
Document Number: 2019-05464
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
As required by the Privacy Act of 1974, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular No. A-108, this notice proposes that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA or Department) revisions to the Privacy Act System of Records titled Applicant/ Borrower USDA/FSA-14, which include information on current, former, and prospective applicants and borrowers including members of entities. The system contains information on agricultural producers in the United States requesting or obtaining the Farm Service Agency (FSA) Farm Loan Programs benefits. In general, USDA proposes to revise the system of records to make minor corrections and updates to meet additional requirements. USDA is also revising the system of records to add 10 new routine uses.
Notice of Request for Revision of Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2019-04439
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-03-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Foreign Agricultural Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) intention to request a revision from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a currently approved information collection process in support of the Foreign Market Development (FMD) Program and the Market Access Program (MAP).
Notice of Request for Extension of Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2018-28048
Type: Notice
Date: 2018-12-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Foreign Agricultural Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Commodity Credit Corporation's (CCC) intention to request an extension from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for a currently approved information collection process in support of the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) program.