Direct and Counter-cyclical Payments Program

To provide income support to eligible producers of covered commodities.




Related Programs10.113 Agriculture Risk Coverage Program

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Consult the local phone directory for location of the nearest county FSA office.

If no listing, contact the appropriate State FSA office listed in the Farm Service Agency section of Appendix IV of the Catalog or on the WEB at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/edso/.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

With respect to Fiscal Year 2008 payments, CCC will offer to enter into a contract with eligible producers of covered commodities on June 25, 2008 through the date announced by CCC.

With respect to Fiscal Years 2009 through 2013, CCC shall offer to annually enter into a contract with an eligible producer on a farm having base acreage with respect to a covered commodity at the beginning of each such fiscal year 2009 through 20013 through the date announced by CCC for each such year.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for payments under DCP, owners, operators, landlords, tenants, or sharecroppers must (1) share in the risk of producing a crop on base acres on a farm enrolled in DCP, and be entitled to share in the crop available for marketing from the base acres, or would have shared had a crop been produced; (2) annually report the use of the farm's cropland acreage; (3) comply with conservation and wetland protection requirements on all of their land; (4) comply with planting flexibility requirements; (5) use the base acres for agricultural or related activities; and (5) protect all base acres from erosion, including providing sufficient cover as determined necessary by the county FSA committee, and control weeds.

Beneficiary Eligibility

DCP provides payments to eligible producers on farms enrolled for the 2008 through 2013 crop years.

Credentials/Documentation

As a condition of eligibility for direct and counter-cyclical payments, the operator or owner must submit a report of all cropland acreage on the farm. Reports of production evidence for all covered commodities shall be provided to the county committee of the county where the farm is administratively located, by farm and crop in such manner as required by CCC on a CCC-approved standard, uniform form designated by CCC. When disposition of production has been through commercial channels, CCC may require the producer to furnish documentary evidence in order to verify the information provided on the report of production. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. The CCC-509 must be submitted. The following documents are required and applicable determinations must be made before the county committee can approve a producer's share on the CCC-509 for payment: (1) a farm operating plan (CCC-902 and related forms); (2) an average adjusted gross income certification (CCC-933); (3) a certification of compliance with highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions (AD-1026). A certification of the acreage of all cropland on the farm (FSA-578) is needed before final payments can be issued.

Award Procedures

Producers receive their direct payments after October 1, 2013. Producers receive their final counter-cyclical payments are made after the end of the marketing year for the crop.

Deadlines

Feb 19, 2013 to Aug 02, 2013 Please contact the program contact listed in the Information Contacts section below.

Authorization

Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, Public Law 110-627, 7 U.S.C 1412; The American Taxpayer Relief Act Of 2012, Public Law 112-240.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 15 to 30 days. Approval of payments depends on farmer compliance with conservation and wetland protection requirements on all of the producers' farms, planting flexibility requirements and other eligibility requirements mentioned above, and is fairly routine and prompt.

Appeals

From 15 to 30 days. A producer may obtain reconsideration and review of any adverse determination made under this part in accordance with the appeal regulations found at parts 11 and 780 of Title 7 Agriculture.

Renewals

Farm producers must apply for DCP on an annual basis and can opt out of participating in DCP for any year if they so choose.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 7 Agriculture, Part 1412, Subpart E, Public Law 110-627. Amended by ATRA (PL 112-240). This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Direct payments are made after October 1, 2013. Counter-cyclical payments are made after the end of the marketing year for the applicable crop. Both dates are statutory. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No reports are required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Recipients under this program are subject to audit by the Office of the Regional Inspector General, USDA.

Records

An owner or any other individual or entity receiving assistance for DCP shall maintain and retain financial books and records which will permit verification of all transactions for at least 3 years, following the end of the calendar year in which assistance was provided.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-4336-0-3-351.

Obigations

(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 15 $23,588,000; FY 16 est $0; and FY 17 est $0 - Direct Payments repealed by 2014 Farm Bill. (Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 15 $0; FY 16 est $0; and FY 17 est $0 - Counter-Cyclical Payments repealed by 2014 Farm Bill.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program is announced through news media and in letters to agricultural producers in the counties. Regulations published in the Federal Register, 7 CFR Part 1412.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Consult the local phone directory for location of the nearest county FSA office. If no listing, contact the appropriate State FSA office listed in the Farm Service Agency section of Appendix IV of the Catalog or on the WEB at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/edso/.

Headquarters Office

Daniel P. McGlynn 1400 Independence Ave, SW Stop 0517, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: dan.mcglynn@wdc.usda.gov Phone: 202-720-7641 Fax: 202-690-2130

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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