Dairy Assistance Program for Puerto Rico

DAP-PR will provide assistance to dairy operations for buying feed from feed dealers in Puerto Rico.

Additional assistance may be provided for additional days of feed or for purchasing fuel if funds remain available.

The assistance will provide help to the dairy industry with the production
and marketing of dairy.

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.
Website Address


Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The assistance will be used based on the authority of the CCC Charter Act to make available materials and facilities required in connection with the production and marketing of agricultural commodities.

The procurement of feed and fuel for the dairy sector in Puerto Rico is required in connection with the production and marketing of dairy.

Each dairy operation in Puerto Rico can apply to FSA to receive a voucher to purchase a one-month supply of feed for 100 percent of the feed cost, as calculated by FSA.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The eligible applicants are the licensed dairy operations in Puerto Rico for acquiring feed from feed dealers in Puerto Rico.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The eligible applicants must be licensed by the Department of Agriculture of Puerto Rico. This is a one time assistance to dairy operation purchase feed.


The Farm Service Agency (FSA) received certain information from the Puerto Rican Department of Agriculture about each dairy, including, the name, address, contact information, and number of head of cattle. An application on a form determined by FSA will include the number of dairy head and should only reflect only the number of live, eligible dairy cows at the time of the application. If the number of cattle on the application is correct, the dairy operation will certify as such on the application. If the number changes due to animal deaths or sales, the dairy operation must correct the number and certify to the change on the application. The diary operation may apply for the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) if any cattle have died due to a LIP eligible cause of loss and all other LIP eligibility conditions and LIP payment limitations are met. 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.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.

Award Procedures

The result of an approved feed application will be a one-time maximum eligible amount for feed to be acquired by the eligible dairy operation. As the dairy operation acquires feed from the vendor, FSA employees will deduct the value of the feed acquired, not to exceed the calculated eligible maximum. FSA will prepare one voucher for the value of the required feed needs for each eligible dairy operation.


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


Commodity Credit Corporation Charter (CCC) Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The value of the voucher expires 45 days from the date approved by FSA. If any value remains on the voucher after it expires, that value may not be used by the dairy operation. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.


No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 16 $0; FY 17 est $0; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Veronica N. Richardson 355 E Street SW Patriot Plaza III 11th Floor , Washington, District of Columbia 20024 Email: veronica.richardson@wdc.usda.gov Phone: 202-772-6029 Fax: 202-245-4785

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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