Farm Service Agency May 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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.
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