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Commodity Credit Corporation Information Collection; Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Document Number: 06-9830
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-12-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Commodity Credit Corporation
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency and the Commodity Credit Corporation are seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension of a currently approved information collection used in support of the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). The information collected is needed to determine eligibility to obtain NAP assistance.
Servicing and Collections-Unauthorized Recipients of Financial Assistance
Document Number: 06-9763
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-12-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
This action amends the servicing regulations that apply when it is determined that unauthorized recipients have received financial assistance under USDA Business, Cooperative, and Community Facility loan and grant programs. The changes make clear that the first demand letter notifying the recipient of the Agency's determination serves as the initial step in the Agency's collection efforts, and that it may serve as the basis for the recipient's appeal rights. The terms of the first demand letter remain in full force and effect, unless the demand letter is subsequently amended in writing by the Agency after discussions with the recipient or modified as a result of judicial proceedings.
Information Collection; Online Registration for FSA-Sponsored Events and Conferences
Document Number: E6-18370
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-11-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on an extension without revision of the information collection associated with online registration for FSA-sponsored events and conferences. The information collection is needed for FSA to obtain information from the respondents who register on the Internet to make payment and reservations to attend any FSA-sponsored conferences and events.
Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) Inviting Applications for the Implementation of an American Indian Credit Outreach Initiative
Document Number: E6-17736
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) soliciting applications for competitive cooperative agreement funds for Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 to initiate a credit outreach initiative targeted to American Indian farmers, ranchers and youth residing primarily on Indian reservations within the contiguous United States. FSA anticipates the availability of $1,166,400 in funding. FSA requests proposals from eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, land-grant institutions and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments interested in a competitively-awarded cooperative agreement to create and implement a mechanism that will provide credit outreach and promotion, pre-loan education, one-on-one loan application preparation assistance and other related services as proposed by the successful applicant that are specific to FSA's Agricultural Credit Programs. The successful applicant must provide evidence that it has the capability to put in place a data tracking system that thoroughly records all credit outreach-specific related activities and has the ability to provide detailed statistical information on an ad hoc basis. This database must also be functional on a real-time basis as well as being available online through the Internet. This request for proposals is made prior to passage of a final appropriations bill to allow applicants sufficient time to submit proposals, give the Agency maximum time to process applications, and permit continuity of this program. If actual funding differs from that anticipated ($1,166,400) based on historical funding levels, then the Agency will publish a separate Notice of Funds Availability.
Export Bid Entry System and Freight Bid Entry System Training
Document Number: E6-17574
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-20
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
This notice is to advise Commodity Vendors, Steamship Lines, and Freight Forwarders that the Farm Service Agency (FSA) will hold training sessions on the agency's newly redesigned Export Bid Entry System (EBES) and the Freight Bid Entry System (FBES), and invite the participation of interested parties.
Finding of No Significant Impact
Document Number: E6-16734
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is issuing a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 with respect to the implementation of the following Disaster Assistance Programs: (1) Hurricane Indemnity Program, (2) Feed Indemnity Program, (3) Livestock Indemnity Program, (4) Tree Indemnity Program, and (5) Aquaculture Grant Program as well as (6) the 2006 Livestock Assistance Grant Program.
Temporary Storage for Rice and Soybean Warehouse Operators Licensed Under the United States Warehouse Act (USWA)
Document Number: 06-8490
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-10-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) announces the conditions under which temporary storage space for the 2006 crops of rice and soybeans may be licensed under the United States Warehouse Act (USWA).
Removal of Obsolete Regulations
Document Number: 06-7678
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-09-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
This action removes regulations rendered obsolete by expiration of their statutory authority and the ending of their respective programs. There are no impacts on past or current program operations.
Information Collection; Minority Farm Register
Document Number: E6-14996
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension with revision of a currently approved information collection for the Minority Farm Register. The Minority Farm Register is a voluntary register of minority farm and ranch operators, landowners, tenants and others with an interest in farming or agriculture. USDA's Office of Outreach uses the collected information to better inform minority farmers about USDA programs and services.
Information Collection; Certified Mediation Program
Document Number: E6-14554
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-09-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking comments from all interested individuals and entities on the extension and revision of a currently approved information collection that supports the Certified Mediation Program. The collection of information by mail, phone, fax, in person, and by the internet utilized by FSA to initially determine whether the State meets the eligibility criteria to be a recipient of grant funds, and to determine if the grant is being properly administered. Lack of adequate information to make these determinations could result in the improper administration and appropriation of Federal grant funds.
Removal of Obsolete Regulations; Holding of Referenda
Document Number: 06-7159
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-24
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
This action removes regulations that have been rendered obsolete by expiration of their statutory authority and the ending of the programs they governed. There are no impacts on past or current program operations.
Temporary Storage for Grain Warehouse Operators Licensed Under the United States Warehouse Act
Document Number: E6-13223
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) announces, for the 2006 crops of wheat, corn, and grain sorghum, the conditions under which temporary storage space may be licensed under the United States Warehouse Act (USWA).
Guaranteed Loans-Retaining PLP Status and Payment of Interest Accrued During Bankruptcy and Redemption Rights Periods
Document Number: E6-12503
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-08-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is amending its regulations pertaining to the retention of Preferred Lender Program (PLP) status by lenders in certain situations, and the payment of interest in cases where the lender is unable to take action due to bankruptcy or state redemption laws. This rule will allow PLP lenders, under certain conditions, to retain their PLP status for a period, not to exceed two years, after their loss ratio exceeds the standard established by the Agency. It will also allow for the payment of additional interest on a final loss claim if a bankruptcy prevents the lender from taking liquidation action or a state's mandatory redemption law prevents the lender from disposing of property acquired through foreclosure.
Information Collection: Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation
Document Number: E6-12264
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-08-01
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension with revision of a currently approved information collection associated with Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation certification requirements. This information is collected in support of the conservation provisions of Title XII of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended by the Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990, the Federal Agriculture, Improvement and Reform Act of 1996, and the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (the Statute).
Guaranteed Loan Fees
Document Number: E6-11979
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-07-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
This document corrects the telephone number for the facsimile machine (``fax'') for submission of public comments on the proposed rule entitled Guaranteed Loan Fees published May 15, 2006 (71 FR 27978- 27980) and extends the comment period. The original comment period for the proposed rule closed on July 14, 2006, and FSA is extending it until August 4, 2006. Respondents who sent comments to the earlier fax number are encouraged to contact the person named below to find out if their comments were received and re-submit them to fax number below if necessary.
Regulations Regarding Employee Conflicts of Interest
Document Number: 06-6122
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-07-11
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
This rule clarifies the regulations governing employee conflicts of interest for the successor agencies of the former Farmers Home Administration (FmHA), which was reorganized by the Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994 (Pub. L. 103-354) into the Farm Service Agency (FSA), Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service and Rural Utilities Service. Since the reorganization, FSA revised its regulations to streamline them and separate them from the other successor agencies. FSA's regulations regarding employee conflicts of interest are now found in regulations published by the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) in 5 CFR part 2635 and regulations published jointly by OGE and FSA in 5 CFR part 8301. To avoid confusion regarding applicability of the regulations, this rule amends 7 CFR part 1900, subpart D to provide specifically that they do not apply to FSA.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 06-6031
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-07
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of USDA Farm Service Agency's (FSA) and Rural Development, henceforth collectively known as Rural Development, or individually as Housing and Community Programs, Business and Cooperative Programs, Utility Programs, to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of compliance with applicable acts for planning and performing construction and other development work.
Emergency Storage of Grain Collateral for Marketing Assistance Loans
Document Number: E6-10367
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-07-03
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces, for the 2006 crops of wheat, corn, and other feed grains, the acceptance of collateral for marketing assistance loans, warehouse receipts issued by a warehouse storing such commodity in outside storage, subject to the conditions outlined in this notice. This notice is intended to ensure adequate availability of storage space at harvest for producers seeking warehouse-stored marketing assistance loans for grain.
Public Meetings of Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
Document Number: E6-9856
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is issuing this notice to advise the public that meetings of the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers (Committee) will be held to discuss various beginning farmer issues.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 06-5580
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-06-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Agencies' intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of 7 CFR part 1951, subpart F, ``Analyzing Credit Needs and Graduation of Borrowers.''
Appeal Procedures
Document Number: E6-8221
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-05-30
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In an interim rule that was published on July 27, 2005, and made effective on August 26, 2005, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) amended the regulations for informal agency appeals to make conforming and clarifying changes. This rule adopts the interim rule with some minor clarifying amendments.
Emergency Conservation Program
Document Number: E6-8100
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-05-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
This interim final rule amends the regulations for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) to implement provisions of the Department of Defense, Emergency Supplemental Appropriation to Address Hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, and Pandemic Influenza Act, 2006 (Pub. L. 109-149) (2006 Act) providing assistance to nursery, oyster, and poultry producers and non-industrial private forest landowners to rehabilitate public or private oyster reefs or farmland damaged by hurricanes during calendar year 2005.
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection
Document Number: 06-4744
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-23
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development, henceforth collectively known as Rural Development, or individually as Housing and Community Programs, Business and Cooperative Programs, Utility Programs, to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other applicable environmental requirements.
Information Collection; Disaster Assistance (General)
Document Number: E6-7483
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension of a currently approved information collection with revision in support of the Disaster Assistance program. The information collection is needed to identify disaster areas and establish eligible FSA counties for the purpose of making emergency loans available to eligible and qualified farmers and ranchers. The total burden hours have been revised to reflect the number of Secretarial requests for natural disaster assistance during the 2005 crop year.
Guaranteed Loan Fees
Document Number: E6-7326
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-05-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) proposes to amend the regulations for guaranteed loans to change the amount charged and collected in order for the FSA to provide a guarantee. Except in certain limited cases, FSA currently charges a fee of one percent (1%) of the guaranteed amount on all guaranteed Farm Ownership (FO) loans, and guaranteed Operating Loans (OL). The rule change is necessary for the Agency to be able to offset the cost of the guaranteed loan program so as to maintain program funding at levels that will best service farmers and ranchers.
2005 Section 32 Hurricane Disaster Programs
Document Number: 06-4278
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-05-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) issues this interim final rule in response to emergency agricultural situations caused by the 2005 Hurricanes Dennis, Katrina, Ophelia, Rita, and Wilma in certain counties in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Texas. The named hurricanes severely limited the purchasing power of farmers engaged in the production of agricultural commodities. This rule provides for the establishment of four hurricane disaster programs and one grant program using an estimated $250 million in funds available under section 32 of the Act of August 24, 1935, to be administered by FSA in order to provide funds to eligible producers who suffered eligible losses, thus reestablishing these producers' purchasing power. The grants will be provided to the respective States to enable them to assist aquaculture producers having losses related to the aforementioned 2005 hurricanes.
Notice of Availability of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Selected Hurricane Assistance Programs
Document Number: E6-6811
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-05-05
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
This notice announces the availability of the draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for selected 2005 Hurricane Assistance Programs of the Farm Service Agency (FSA). These programs include: (1) Hurricane Indemnity Program, (2) Feed Indemnity Program, (3) Livestock Indemnity Program, (4) Tree Indemnity Program, and (5) Aquaculture Grant Program. The draft PEA assesses the potential environmental impacts of alternatives to be considered in the administration of these hurricane programs. The draft PEA also provides a means for the public to voice any concerns they may have about the programs, and any ideas for improving them. This Notice of Availability informs the public of the availability of the applicable draft PEA and solicits public comment.
Request for Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Servicing Minor Program Loans
Document Number: E6-5466
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intent of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to request renewal of the information collection currently approved and used in support of the FSA Farm Loan Programs (FLP).
Information Collection: Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act
Document Number: E6-4542
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-29
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension of a currently approved information collection associated with Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act of 1978 (AFIDA).
Information Collection: Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation
Document Number: E6-4423
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-27
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension with revision of a currently approved information collection associated with Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation certification requirements. This information is collected in support of the conservation provisions of Title XII of the Food Security Act of 1985, as amended by the Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990, the Federal Agriculture, Improvement and Reform Act of 1996, and the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (the Statute).
Acreage Reports and Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Document Number: 06-2548
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-17
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) adopts as final, with change, an interim final rule amending the regulations for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). Also, a clarification is made in the regulations regarding the submission of acreage reports, and obsolete program provisions are removed.
Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection; End-Use Certificate Program
Document Number: E6-3406
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on the extension of information collection currently used in support of the End-Use Certificate Program.
Request for Extension of Currently Approved Information Collection; Power of Attorney
Document Number: E6-3405
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Farm Service Agency's (FSA) intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection. This information is used to support the FSA, Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and Risk Management Agency (RMA) in conducting business and accepting signatures on documents from individual's acting on behalf of others.
Request for Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Emergency Conservation Program
Document Number: E6-3402
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-10
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to request a revision of currently approved information collection used in support of the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP).
Request for Revision and Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Servicing of Real Estate Security for Farmer Program Loans and Certain Note-Only Cases
Document Number: E6-2928
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-02
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intent of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to request renewal of the information collection currently approved and used in support of the FSA Farm Loan Programs (FLP).
Request for Approval of a New Information Collection; 2005 Section 32 Hurricane Disaster Programs
Document Number: E6-2813
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intent of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to request a new information collection to be used in support of the 2005 Section 32 Hurricane Disaster Programs. These programs consist of the Hurricane Indemnity Program (HIP), the Feed Indemnity Program (FIP), the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), and the Tree Indemnity Program (TIP).
Regulations for the United States Warehouse Act; Cotton Loans
Document Number: 06-1284
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-02-13
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) are soliciting comments and views on whether to revise the regulations at 7 CFR parts 735 and 1427 for the purpose of addressing the storage of upland cotton and its impact on loan eligibility.
Information Collection; Conservation Reserve Program Hunting and Wildlife, Viewing Revenue Survey
Document Number: E6-1646
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-02-08
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking comments from all interested individuals and organizations on a new information collection. A revenue survey will be used in this information collection and is designed to analyze the effect of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) enrollment on opportunities for recreational activities, including hunting and fishing, as required by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, Pub. L. 107-171.
U.S. Warehouse Act Fees
Document Number: E5-8227
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-04
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency published a notice on November 28, 2005 (70 FR 71262) setting forth a schedule increasing the inspection and annual operational fees warehouse operators are charged under the United States Warehouse Act (USWA). The published notice contained an error in the cotton warehouse inspection fees. This notice corrects the error.
Disbursement of Funds; Correction
Document Number: 05-23886
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-12-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Housing Service, Rural Business-Cooperative Service; Rural Utilities Service
This action corrects a final rule that was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, October 12, 2005.
U.S. Warehouse Act Fees
Document Number: 05-23353
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-28
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
This notice sets forth a schedule increasing the annual operational fee warehouse operators are charged under the United States Warehouse Act (USWA). This action is needed to increase revenue to cover operational costs projected for operations under the USWA in fiscal year 2006. This notice does not change any of the other various license or inspection fees charged under the USWA.
Notice of Funds Availability Inviting Applications for Innovative Ways To Enhance the Economic Viability of Underserved and Limited-Resource Farmers and Ranchers
Document Number: 05-22821
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-18
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
This is a request by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) for proposals for applications for cooperative agreements for FY 2006 to help underserved and limited resource farmers and ranchers become more efficient operators and more economically viable. FY 2005 funding for similar cooperative agreements was $2 million. This notice is being issued prior to passage of a final Department of Agriculture Appropriations Bill to allow applicants sufficient time to prepare and submit proposals and give FSA sufficient time to process applications within FY 2006. An additional Notice of Funding Availability will be published announcing the funding level for FY 2006 once an appropriations act has been enacted. FSA requests proposals from eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, land grant institutions, including Tuskegee University, State governments, and Federally- Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, interested in competitively awarded cooperative agreements, to demonstrate innovative and unique approaches to equip underserved and limited-resource farmers and ranchers, including beginning farmers and ranchers, to become more efficient and economically viable. Proposals should demonstrate innovative and unique ways to help underserved and limited-resource farmers and ranchers improve their economic viability through training, technical assistance, improved farming practices, and more effective marketing approaches. Underserved and limited-resource farmers and ranchers have different challenges to economic viability due to location, educational assets, age, and landownership. The need to properly address these challenges through education, training, technical assistance and the most creative ways of outreach is critical to the continued existence of the small farm. People in, or entering into, farming have an array of backgrounds and varied levels of current farm and farm business experience and knowledge. More and more qualified alien immigrants are entering American farming. Often, they are unfamiliar with productive marketing practices, acquisition of land, government assistance, and crop and animal production diversity. While there are no significant legal obstacles to becoming a farmer in the United States, many barriers to successful farming exist. Among those barriers are (1) increasing capital expenses, (2) progressive managerial requirements, and (3) competition with large-scale producers. Among limited-resource farmers, a subgroup, the underserved farmer, faces even more barriers to achieving success. In recognition of the dynamic needs of limited-resource and underserved farmers, FSA solicits proposals for innovative approaches to assisting the diverse limited- resource and underserved farm community.
Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Disaster Set-Aside Program
Document Number: 05-22553
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-11-14
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intent of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to request approval for an extension and revision of the information collection package currently used in support of the FSA Farm Loan Programs (FLP).
Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Payment Eligibility and Payment Limitation Determinations Under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program
Document Number: 05-21593
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-10-31
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to request an extension and revision of a currently approved information collection. This information collection is used to support payment eligibility and payment limitation determinations for multiple programs including the Conservation Reserve Program, Price Support Programs, the Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program authorized by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, and the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program.
Disbursement of Funds
Document Number: 05-20357
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-10-12
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, Rural Housing Service, Rural Utilities Service
The Agencies are revising their disbursement of funds regulations. This action is necessary since existing regulations do not accurately reflect the current disbursement methodologies employed by the Agencies. The intended effect is to simplify and update the regulations; to eliminate reference to the obsolete Loan Disbursement System; clarify Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) insurance coverage; and eliminate reference to the now defunct Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC). These amended regulations are to ensure the Agencies' field offices have current guidance on the disbursement methods available and supervised bank accounts.
Guaranteed Farm Ownership and Operating Loan Requirements
Document Number: 05-19126
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-26
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is amending its regulations governing loans made under the guaranteed farm loan program to specifically allow lenders to use the loans as security for loans to the lenders, remove certain documentation and designation requirements for lenders, and modify security restrictions as to refinancing and junior liens.
Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Debt Settlement Policies and Procedures
Document Number: 05-18493
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-19
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intention of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) to request renewal of the information collection currently approved and used in support of the FSA and CCC Debt Settlement Policies and Procedures program. Provisions in the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 and in the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 have resulted in a decrease in burden hours for information collection under the FSA and CCC Debt Settlement Policies and Procedures program.
Addition of Eligible States for Beginning Farmer and Rancher Land Contract Guarantee Pilot Program
Document Number: 05-18333
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
This notice announces that the Farm Service Agency (FSA) is adding California, Minnesota, and Nebraska as eligible states to its Beginning Farmer and Rancher Land Contract Guarantee Pilot Program. Expanding the Pilot Program is intended to facilitate land transfers to a greater number of beginning farmers and ranchers.
Request for Extension and Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection; Request for Direct Loan Assistance
Document Number: 05-16513
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-08-22
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the intent of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to request renewal of the information collection currently approved and used in support of the FSA Farm Loan Programs (FLP). This information collection has been revised for clarification in conjunction with the request for extension of the burden package.
Guaranteed Loans-Retaining PLP Status and Payment of Interest Accrued During Bankruptcy and Redemption Rights Periods
Document Number: 05-16107
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-08-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency
This action proposes several amendments to the regulations governing the Farm Service Agency (FSA) guaranteed farm loan program. First, this rule proposes to allow Preferred Lender Program (PLP) lenders, under certain conditions, to retain their PLP status for a period not to exceed one year after their loss ratio exceeds the standard established by the Agency, currently set at three percent. Secondly, FSA proposes to pay lenders additional interest on a final loss claim if a bankruptcy prevents the lender from taking liquidation action or a state's mandatory redemption law prevents the lender from disposing of property acquired through foreclosure. The changes proposed are intended to improve the services the Agency provides to its customers.