State Mediation Grants

To assist States in establishing and administering mediation programs and services for agricultural producers, creditors of producers (as applicable), and persons directly affected by actions of the Department of Agriculture.



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.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, Maine Department Of $ 21,688   2016-01-052016-01-05
Utah, State Of-$ 2,914   2015-10-132015-10-13
Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, Maine Department Of $ 9,943   2014-12-082014-12-08
Secretary Of State, South Dakota $ 31,793   2014-12-082014-12-08
Utah, State Of-$ 3,900   2014-10-032014-10-03
Nd Secretary Of State $ 48,690   2014-04-152014-04-15
Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, Maine Department Of $ 20,082   2014-03-202014-03-20
Secretary Of State, South Dakota $ 72,787   2014-03-202014-03-20
Secretary Of State, South Dakota $ 32,701   2014-01-022014-01-02
Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, Maine Department Of $ 9,022   2013-12-192013-12-19



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are to be used for the operation and administration of a State's mediation program which has been certified by the Administrator of the Farm Service Agency (FSA) as meeting the requirements of Section 501 (c) of Title V of the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 (U.S.C.

510), as amended.

A grant will not exceed 70 percent of the total fiscal year funds that a qualifying State requires to operate and administer its mediation program, or $500,000, whichever is less.

Eligible costs are limited to those that are reasonable and necessary to carry out the mission of the State's mediation program and may include activities related to the intake and scheduling of cases, the provision of background and selected information regarding the mediation process, financial advisory and counseling services, and the mediation session.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State governments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Agricultural producers, creditors of producers (as applicable) and persons directly affected by actions of the Department of Agriculture.

Credentials/Documentation

Have a mediation program which has been certified by the Administrator of FSA, and for which certification has not been withdrawn; provide evidence to justify the estimated costs of operating and administering the State's mediation program. The Governor of a State or head of an entity designated by the Governor of a State must make a written request to FSA on or before August 1 of each year to receive a matching grant during the fiscal year commencing on October 1, of that same year. Request for certification are accepted after August 1 of each year; however, the State will be considered in order of date received for reserved grant funds. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. To be certified as a qualifying State, the mediation program of the State must mediate issues involving agricultural loans (regardless of whether the loans are made or guaranteed by the Secretary of Agriculture or made by third party); and may provide mediation services for disputes involving wetlands determinations, compliance with farm programs including conservation programs, rural water loan programs, grazing on National forest system lands, pesticides, and such other issues, under the jurisdiction of the Secretary meeting the requirements of Section 501 of Title V of the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 (7 U.S.C. 510), as amended. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

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. The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by 7 CFR part 3016, must be used for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

Grant funds will be distributed on a first come, first served basis to qualifying States. If, however, when funds for a fiscal year become available, there are not sufficient funds to give all qualifying States 70 percent of their justified estimated expenses for the fiscal year, the percentage allocation will be reduced so as to give all States the same percentage of their expenses. FSA views the use of grant funds to provide financial advisory or other services in an advocacy context to be inconsistent with the premise of a mediation program, which is to provide a neutral forum for resolution of disputes.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

Agricultural Credit Act of 1987.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Thirty days from receipt of a complete application package.

Appeals

If a certified State mediation program is available as part of the informal appeal hearing process, the participant will be offered the right to choose such mediation.

Renewals

Section 506 of Title V of the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987, Public Law 100-233 and Section 1853 of the Food, Agricultural, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990, Public Law 101-624, Section 22 of the Agricultural Credit Improvement Act of 1992, Public Law 102-554, Section 282 of the Federal Crop Insurance Reform and Department of Agriculture Reorganization Act of 1994, Public Law 103-354, and the United States Grain Standards Act of 2000, Public Law 106-472.

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

From beginning to end of the Federal government's fiscal year. Grant will be an annual grant and will run concurrently with the Federal government's fiscal year; reimbursement by Treasury check. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No reports are required.

Audits

No audits are required for this program.

Records

Record keeping will conform to requirements of 7 CFR Part 3016.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-0170-0-1-351.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 16 $3,000,000; FY 17 est $3,000,000; and FY 18 est $3,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

7 CFR Part 1946 published on August 26, 1988, 53 FR 32597.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Courtney Dixon 1400 Independence Avenue. SW Stop 0523, Washington,, District of Columbia 20250-0523 Email: courtney.dixon@wdc.usda.gov Phone: 202-720-1360

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Certification by the Administrator, FSA, that mediation program meets the requirements of Section 501 (c) of Title V of the Agricultural Credit Act (Public Law 100-233) as amended; application meets requirements of FSA regulations to be implemented.



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