Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program

With respect to cotton ginning expenses for the 2015 cotton crop, the Cotton Ginning Cost-Share (CGCS) Program provides a one-time cost-share payment, not to exceed 40 percent of calculated ginning costs by region, to cotton producers certifying to the number of cotton acres reported as being planted,
including failed acreage, for the 2015 crop year and the percentage of share they had in the cotton.

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.




Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds can be used to assist with the costs associated with ginning cotton, and funds can be used to have a broader sense to aid in the expansion and development of new and additional markets for upland cotton and extra-long staple cotton produced in the United States.

CGCS payments are limited to $40,000 per applicant.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

1.

Eligible applicants are individuals and legal entities with a share in the 2015 cotton crop reported as planted, including failed acres. 2.

Use of the assistance is not restricted. 3.

Cotton producers must comply with all USDA provisions on fraud (including the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation), conservation compliance, controlled substance, determined to be actively engaged in n farming, and the adjusted gross non-farm income cannot exceed $900,000.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The beneficiary or estate of a deceased producer may submit a CGCS payment application provided the deceased producer or the estate meets all of the eligibility requirements required for a CGCS payment.

Credentials/Documentation

Applicants are required to have an acreage report on file for the 2015 cotton crop either to Farm Service Agency on a FSA-578 form, or a crop insurance agent for Federal Crop Insurance purposes. The applicant must have a FSA-211 on file with FSA if an agent or representative of the applicant signs the CGCS application for payment on behalf of the applicant. 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. Applicants must sign and submit CCC-882 form CGCS Payment Application to FSA between June 20, 2016 to August 5, 2016 to be considered for a CGCS payment. Applications submitted after August 5, 2016, will not be eligible for a CGCS payment. The signed and completed CCC-882 may be submitted in person, by mail, FAX, or by email to the local FSA office.

Award Procedures

The payment is based upon the number of 2015 cotton crop acres reported as planted, including failed acres, times the applicants share in the 2015 cotton crop, times the applicable production region cost-share rate based upon the location of the cotton production acres as identified on the CCC-882.

Deadlines

Jun 20, 2016 to Aug 05, 2016

Authorization

Executive Order This program is authorized by the Commodity Credit Corporation, 15 U.S.C 714c.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications must be approved and paid no later than September 30, 2016.

Appeals

From 15 to 30 days. Applicants can appeal if all of the following occur: (1)the application was submitted by the signup deadline of August 5, 2016, (2) the number of acres, shares, and/or the production regional cost-share rate if the data is incorrect, and (3) a payment has not been disbursed.

Renewals

Renewal of information is not required since the program will be offered as a one-time signup for a one-time payment.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title CFR, Chapter 7, Part 1400, Subpart E. This program has no matching requirements. Not Applicable. This program does not have MOE requirements. Not Applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

This payment is a one-time payment that must be completed by September 30, 2016. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Each state and county will be required to report the total number of applications received, the number approved, the number disapproved, and the total dollar amount paid.

Total expenditures compared to available funds will be monitored at the National level.

A supplemental request will be submitted if additional funds are required to process eligible payments.

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) will monitor the progress of the program based upon the number of applications submitted and the disbursed amounts on a county and state basis to determine the percentage of program participation and the availability of funds.

FSA will be required to report the total expenditure amount paid.

Any excess funding will be returned to the OMB.

All applications received by FSA either on or before August 5, 2016 must be reviewed and approved/disapproved, and paid by September 30, 2016.

The National office will be able to monitor the number of applications based upon the dollar amount of payments processed.

Audits

Not Applicable.

Records

Applicant is not required to maintain any records.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-4336-0-3-351.

Obigations

(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 16 $330,000,000; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0 - Obligations are currently for FY 2016.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

CGCS regulations can be found in Notice of Funds Availability 81 FR 36861 (https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2016-13672), including part 718 and part 1400 of 7 CFR. Program is also announced through press release, news media, and newsletters.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Kelly Hereth 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Stop 0512, Washington, District of Columbia 20250-0512 Email: kelly.hereth@wdc.usda.gov Phone: 202-720-0448 Fax: 202-690-3307

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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