Commodity Credit Corporation August 2009 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Grassland Reserve Program; Amendment
Document Number: E9-20074
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-08-21
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), published in the Federal Register of January 21, 2009, an interim final rule with request for comment amending the program regulations for the Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) to incorporate programmatic changes authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Act) using Regulation Identification Number (RIN) 0578-AA38. This amendment to the January 21, 2009, interim final rule corrects the RIN to read 0578-AA53, clarifies the nature of the contingent right of enforcement, expands its discussion regarding GRP policy for wind and solar power facilities, and requests comment on how GRP can be used to contribute to the Nation's efforts on energy, climate change, and carbon sequestration. Additionally, USDA seeks public input on the January 21, 2009, interim final rule, as amended. Therefore, USDA reopens the public comment period upon publication of this amendment until September 21, 2009.
Farm Storage Facility Loan and Sugar Storage Facility Loan Programs
Document Number: E9-19652
Type: Rule
Date: 2009-08-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) is amending the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) and Sugar Storage Facility Loan (SSFL) regulations to implement provisions of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the 2008 Farm Bill). The 2008 Farm Bill adds hay and renewable biomass as eligible FSFL commodities, extends the maximum loan term to 12 years, and increases the maximum loan amount to $500,000. This rule also adds fruits and vegetables (including nuts) as eligible facility loan commodities and adds cold storage facilities as eligible facilities pursuant to discretionary authority in the 2008 Farm Bill. This rule amends the regulations to clarify requirements for loan security and to allow for a partial loan disbursement during construction if certain conditions are met. This rule amends the FSFL program regulations, which include SSFLs; however, there are no changes to the specific requirements for SSFLs.
Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact on the Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment for the Farm Storage Facility Loan Program
Document Number: E9-19644
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This notice announces that the Farm Service Agency (FSA), on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), has completed a Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) and is issuing a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) with respect to the implementation of changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program enacted by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill).
Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Biomass Crop Assistance Program
Document Number: E9-19064
Type: Notice
Date: 2009-08-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This notice announces that the Farm Service Agency (FSA), on behalf of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), has completed a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the administration and implementation of the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) enacted by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill). FSA is requesting comments on the draft PEIS.
Facility Guarantee Program
Document Number: E9-18801
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2009-08-06
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation
This advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) solicits comments on options to reform the USDA, Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), Facility Guarantee Program (FGP). The purpose of the ANPR is to invite suggestions on improvements and changes to be made in the implementation and operation of the FGP, with the intent of improving the FGP's effectiveness and efficiency and lowering costs.