Commodity Credit Corporation – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Regional Agricultural Promotion Program
Document Number: 2023-25015
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-11-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is amending the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program regulation to implement the Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP). The RAPP will provide assistance to eligible organizations that conduct market promotion activities, including activities to address existing or potential non- tariff barriers to trade, to promote U.S. agricultural commodities in certain foreign markets. Among other changes, this rule updates terminology used throughout the regulation, clarifies timeframes for reporting requirements, and removes the specific application and review requirements from the regulation to be defined in Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) announced through the Grants.gov website.
Domestic Sugar Program-FY 2023 Reassignment and FY 2024 Overall Sugar Marketing Allotment, Cane Sugar and Beet Sugar Marketing Allotments and Company Allocations
Document Number: 2023-22638
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-10-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing this notice to: revise fiscal year (FY) 2023 (crop year 2022) State cane sugar allotments and allocations to sugarcane processors; reassign FY 2023 cane sugar marketing allocations to raw cane sugar imports already anticipated; and announce the FY 2024 (crop year 2023) overall sugar marketing allotment quantity (OAQ), State cane sugar allotments, and sugar beet and sugarcane processor allocations. The actions to revise and reassign apply to all domestic cane sugar marketed for human consumption in the United States from October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023, and the action to announce the allocations applies to all domestic beet and cane sugar marketed for human consumption in the United States from October 1, 2023, through September 30, 2024.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2023-20658
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-09-25
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 of a currently approved information collection in support of the CCC Export Credit Guarantee (GSM-102) Program based on current program levels and participants.
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) for the Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Program
Document Number: 2023-11030
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-05-24
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 the availability of marketing assistance funding to organic dairy operations in the United States. Eligible Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Program (ODMAP) participants will receive a one-time payment to assist with projected marketing costs for 2023, calculated based on a cost share of marketing costs on the pounds of organic milk marketed for the 2022 calendar year (or a projection of 2023 pounds of organic milk marketed if warranted in certain situations supported by documentation), not to exceed 5 million pounds per operation to target smaller organic dairy operations. ODMAP payments will assist organic dairy producers in expanding the market for organic dairy and increasing the consumption of organic dairy, through the continued marketing of organic dairy, as these operations face a variety of marketing challenges and input cost increases and supply chain-related shortages.
Domestic Sugar Program-2023 Cane Sugar Marketing Allotments and Cane and Beet Processor Allocations
Document Number: 2023-07509
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-04-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing this notice to increase the fiscal year 2023 (FY23) overall sugar marketing allotment quantity (OAQ); increase beet and State cane sugar allotments; revise company allocations to sugar beet and sugar cane processors; and reassign beet and cane sugar marketing allocations to raw cane sugar imports already anticipated. These actions apply to all domestic beet and cane sugar marketed for human consumption in the United States from October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023.
Pandemic Assistance Programs and Agricultural Disaster Assistance Programs
Document Number: 2023-00005
Type: Rule
Date: 2023-01-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency, Office of the Secretary
This rule announces Phase 2 of the Emergency Relief Program (ERP), which provides assistance to producers who suffered crop losses due to wildfires, hurricanes, floods, derechos, excessive heat, winter storms, freeze (including a polar vortex), smoke exposure, excessive moisture, and qualifying droughts occurring in calendar years 2020 and 2021. It also announces Pandemic Assistance Revenue Program (PARP), a new program that provides support for agricultural producers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, this rule makes changes to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP); the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP); the Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP); the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP); the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP); the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP); the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP); and general payment eligibility provisions. This rule also makes a technical correction to the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP).
Information Collection Request; Application for Payment of Amounts Due Persons Who Have Died, Disappeared, or Have Been Declared Incompetent
Document Number: 2022-28106
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-12-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and the Farm Service Agency (FSA) are making a correction to the notice that was published on December 6, 2022. We are making a minor correction specifically in the description of the information collection request section to correct a typographical error in a number.
Information Collection Request; Application for Payment of Amounts Due Persons Who Have Died, Disappeared, or Have Been Declared Incompetent
Document Number: 2022-26446
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-12-06
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 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.
Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP); Correction
Document Number: 2022-24797
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-11-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and the Rural Business- Cooperative Service (RBCS or the Agency) published a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in the Federal Register of August 23, 2022, entitled Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) to announce that it was accepting applications for fiscal year 2022 (FY 22) and the availability of approximately $100 million in competitive grants. In addition, the FOA defined requirements that are determined at the time a funding announcement is published, as outlined in the regulation. The FOA omitted clarifying information regarding eligible applicants for the funding. The Eligible Applicants section is being updated to clarify that hybrid applications, or those including transportation fueling facility implementation activities and fuel distribution facilities implementation activities, are ineligible. This Notice clarifies that applicants can only apply for one of the two applicant types and those successful applicants will only receive the funding associated with one applicant type.
Domestic Sugar Program-Overall Sugar Marketing Allotment, Cane Sugar and Beet Sugar Marketing Allotments and Company Allocations
Document Number: 2022-21228
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-09-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing this notice to announce the fiscal year (FY) 2023 (2022 crop year) overall sugar marketing allotment quantity (OAQ), State cane sugar allotments, and sugar beet and sugarcane processor allocations, which apply to all domestic beet and cane sugar marketed for human consumption in the United States from October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023.
Food for Progress Program
Document Number: 2022-18743
Type: Rule
Date: 2022-08-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is amending the regulation governing the Food for Progress Program to update citations and make other technical and clarifying changes. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) revised and renumbered certain provisions in its regulations regarding universal identifiers, the System for Award Management, and the uniform administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for Federal awards. This amendment makes technical corrections to the Food for Progress Program regulation to reflect the revised OMB regulations, and it makes other minor changes intended to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the program.
Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) for Fiscal Year 2022
Document Number: 2022-18123
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Rural Business-Cooperative Service
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and the Rural Business- Cooperative Service (RBCS or the Agency), a Rural Development agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the application window and availability of approximately $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.
Notice of Request for Extension of Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 2022-16542
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-03
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 for a currently approved information collection in support of the CCC Facility Guarantee Program (FGP).
Information Collection Request; Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities
Document Number: 2022-04176
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-02-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Natural Resources Conservation Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on a revision and an extension of a currently approved information collection request associated with the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities grant activity. The purpose of the Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities is to support the production and marketing of climate-smart commodities through a set of pilot projects that provide voluntary incentives through partners to producers and landowners, including early adopters, to implement climate-smart production practices, activities, and systems on working lands; measure and quantify, monitor and verify the carbon and greenhouse gas (GHG) benefits associated with those practices; and develop markets and promote the resulting climate-smart commodities. Additional information on the partnerships is available at https://www.usda.gov/climate-solutions/climate-smart-commodit ies.
Domestic Sugar Program-2022-Crop Overall Sugar Marketing Allotment, Cane Sugar and Beet Sugar Marketing Allotments and Company Allocations
Document Number: 2021-27766
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing this notice to increase the fiscal year (FY) 2022 overall sugar marketing allotment quantity (OAQ), State cane sugar allotments, and revise company allocations to sugar beet and sugar cane processors, which apply to all domestic beet and cane sugar marketed for human consumption in the United States from October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2022.
Supplemental Dairy Margin Coverage Payment; Conservation Reserve Program; Dairy Indemnity Payment Program; Marketing Assistance Loans, Loan Deficiency Payments, and Sugar Loans; and Oriental Fruit Fly Program
Document Number: 2021-26827
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
This rule amends the regulations for Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) to allow supplemental DMC payments to participating eligible dairy operations. DMC provides dairy producers with risk management coverage that pays producers when the difference between the price of milk and the cost of feed (the margin) falls below a certain level. Eligible dairy operations with less than 5 million pounds of established production history may enroll supplemental pounds based upon a formula using 2019 actual milk marketings. Supplemental DMC coverage is applicable to calendar years 2021, 2022, and 2023. Participating dairy operations with supplemental production may receive supplemental payments in addition to payments based on their established production history. In addition, the rule amends the alfalfa hay calculation used in determining the average feed cost and actual dairy production margin. To end prolonged months of milk indemnity payments, the rule amends the regulations for Dairy Indemnity Payment Program (DIPP) to indemnify affected farmers for depopulating and permanently removing cows after discovery of chemical residues affecting the commercial marketing of milk for the applicable farm and likely affecting the marketability of cows for a lengthy duration. The rule also implements a new Oriental Fruit Fly (OFF) Program as authorized in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019. In addition, the rule updates the existing Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP) loan rates to be consistent with the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill); the loan rates were already changed administratively because the loan rate changes were self-enacting. This rule also amends the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) regulations to remove two discretionary requirements.
Grant Agreements for the Development of Foreign Markets for U.S. Agricultural Commodities
Document Number: 2021-25985
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) revised and renumbered certain provisions in its regulation establishing uniform administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for Federal awards to non-Federal entities. This final rule amends the USDA regulations on Grant Agreements for the Development of Foreign Markets for U.S. Agricultural Commodities (``MAP regulation'') to make technical corrections to reflect the revised OMB regulations. This final rule also makes several minor changes to the MAP regulation to modify the timing of the evaluation provision, add one additional exemption for a USA Pavilion waiver request, clarify the market representation in the contracting procedures provision, and add certain flexibilities to the origin statement and sample shipment requirements.
Programs To Help Develop Foreign Markets for Agricultural Commodities
Document Number: 2021-25984
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) revised and renumbered certain provisions in its regulation establishing uniform administrative requirements, cost principles, and audit requirements for Federal awards to non-Federal entities. This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) regulations on Programs to Help Develop Foreign Markets for Agricultural Commodities (``FMD regulation'') to make technical corrections to reflect the revised OMB regulations. This final rule also makes three minor changes to the FMD regulation: To modify the timing of the evaluation provision; to add one additional exemption for a USA Pavilion waiver request; and to add certain flexibilities to the sample shipment requirements.
Pima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund (Agriculture Pima Trust) and Agriculture Wool Apparel Manufacturers Trust Fund (Agriculture Wool Trust)
Document Number: 2021-25982
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-12-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This final rule amends the USDA regulations on the Agriculture Pima Trust and Agriculture Wool Trust to make technical corrections to update outdated dates and references and to clarify the eligibility and manner in which payments will be calculated under the programs.
Reorganization and Transfer of Regulations
Document Number: 2021-20380
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-10-01
Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This rule transfers regulations pertaining to the Economic Adjustment Assistance for Textile Manufacturers program from the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to reflect changes in the organizational structure and delegated authorities within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This action is necessary to enable the AMS Administrator to issue, maintain, and revise as necessary regulations related to programs under the AMS Administrator's delegated authority.
Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Program
Document Number: 2021-21368
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
As part of our (USDA) broader efforts on climate change, we are requesting information (comments) from the public on a Climate- Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Program. In response to the Executive Order titled Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, we published a Federal Register notice on March 16, 2021, to request comments on a Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry (CSAF) strategy. Based on public comments received and our ongoing stakeholder engagement activities, we published a progress report in May 2021 on the CSAF strategy. As one element of the CSAF strategy, we are considering actions to expand the use of climate-smart farming practices and aid in the marketing of agricultural commodities. The term ``climate-smart commodity'' is used to refer to an agricultural commodity that is produced using farming practices that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or sequester carbon. This requested information is intended to help test development of a Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Program that could encourage adoption of CSAF practices and promote markets for climate-smart commodities. The Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Program could be developed under the authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation Charter Act of 1933. This document requests comments on priorities and program design of the Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Partnership Program that would facilitate the expansion of markets for agricultural commodities.
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP); Corrections
Document Number: 2021-16288
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) revised the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) regulation in the final rule published in the Federal Register on October 9, 2020, in response to public comments. Changes were published in the final rule that revised the definition for resource-conserving crop. As part of a recent review, a technical error in the definition of ``resource-conserving crop'' was discovered. This document corrects the error. In addition, there was an inadvertent error and the definition for ``resource- conserving crop rotation'' needs to be reinstated; the definition remains unchanged from the interim rule as published in the Federal Register on November 12, 2019.
Information Collection Request; Assignment of Payment; Joint Payment Authorization; and Request for Waiver
Document Number: 2021-11412
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-06-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), and 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.
Information Collection Request; Representation for CCC and FSA Loans and Authorization To File a Financing Statement
Document Number: 2021-06825
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-02
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 an extension and revision of a currently approved information collection that supports CCC and FSA loan programs. The information collection is necessary to gather data regarding the applicant which is required on a financing statement, and to obtain the applicant's permission to file a financing statement prior to the execution of a security agreement.
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program
Document Number: 2021-02268
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-02-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This final rule adopts, with minor changes, an interim rule published in the Federal Register on January 6, 2020. The interim rule implemented changes to ACEP that were necessitated by enactment of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the 2018 Farm Bill) and changes for administrative streamlining improvements and clarifications. This final rule makes permanent many of the changes made in the interim rule, responds to comments received, and makes further adjustments in response to some of the comments received.
Solicitation of Applications for the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) for Fiscal Year 2021
Document Number: 2020-27765
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-21
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 the general policy and application procedures for funding under the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP) in a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) which published on May 5, 2020 in the Federal Register. HBIIP provides 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 a second HBIIP application window for the remaining (approximately) $22 million (of the $100 million) and amends certain provisions and requirements of the original solicitation and clarifying notices published in the Federal Register on May 15, 2020 and June 3, 2020.
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.
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