Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center

The Policy Research Center was established to collect, analyze, and evaluate data to develop policy recommendations for the protection and promotion of the interest of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

The Center will serve as a public awareness center that will provide education to
the public about the history and condition of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

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.




Selected Recipients for this Program


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Alcorn State University Educational Building Corporation, The $ 400,000   
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Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Policy Research Center will specialize in policy research impacting socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

Land loss, land retention, and access to local, state, and federal programs are major areas of research and policy development.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Only 1890 Institutions as defined in 7 U.S.C.

7601, including Tuskegee University, may apply and are eligible to receive funds under the Act of August 30, 1890 (& U.S.C.

321 et seq.).

Beneficiary Eligibility

Minority Farmers and Ranchers.

Credentials/Documentation

Only 1890 Institutions as defined in 7 U.S.C. 7601, including Tuskegee, University may apply and are eligible to receive funds under the Act of August 30, 1890 (& U.S.C. 321 et seq.). 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. USDA exercised their authority in FY2016 to fund this grant without competition as provided in FY2015 FOA.

Award Procedures

USDA exercised their authority in FY2016 to fund this grant without competition as provided in FY2015 FOA.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

The Agriculture Act of 2014 , Title 12, Part Subtitle B, Section 12203, Public Law 113-333, 7 U.S.C 2279.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. Funds will be awarded no later than September 30, 2016.

Appeals

From 30 to 60 days. Award decisions are not appealable.

Renewals

USDA exercised their authority in FY2016 to fund this grant/renew without competition as provided in FY2015 FOA.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The first Policy Research Center grant was awarded in 2015. FY2016 funds were awarded to the successful FY2015 awardee without further competition. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Reports must be submitted within 30 days after the end of each quarter, including the fourth quarter, and any subsequent quarters should a no-cost-extension be approved.

Final Progress and Financial Reports which covers the entire period of performance must also be submitted within 90 days after the period of performance end date.

Cash transaction reports are required to be completed in the HHS Payment Management System.

Yes, Progress Reports are required.

Financial Status Reports are required to be completed in the HHS Payment Management System.

Monitoring of performance will be conducted through use of quarterly Progress and Financial Reports and may also include audits and on-site visits.

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.

Records

Per 2 CFR 200.333, financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records must be retained for at least three years following the submission of the final expenditure report or, if any litigation, claim, or audit is pending, records must be retained until resolution or final action occurs.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-9913-0-1-350.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 15 $400,000; FY 16 est $400,000; and FY 17 Estimate Not Available - 2015-$400,000 2016-$400,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$400,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

7 U.S.C. 7601 & U.S.C. 321 et seq. and 2 CFR part 200 ?Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards?

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Kenya Nicholas 1400 Independence Avenue, SW - Room 520-A Mail Stop 0601, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: kenya.nicholas@osec.usda.gov Phone: 2027206350

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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