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Uses and Use Restrictions
Each fiscal year, eligible dairy operations can receive a monthly payment based on monthly milk marketing, up to a maximum of 2.4 million pounds per dairy operation, for the fiscal year.
Dairy operations who make changes to their producer status or who reconstitute their farm operations on or after December 1, 2001 for the sole purpose of receiving additional payments will not be eligible for the benefits under the program implemented by this rule.
To be eligible, dairy producers must: (1) have produced milk in the United States and commercially marketed the milk produced anytime during the period of December 1, 2001 through September 30, 2005; (2) enter into a MIL contract during the contract application period; (3) agree to all terms and conditions in the MIL contract and comply with instructions issued by the Commodity Credit Corporation; (4) provide proof of monthly milk production commercially marketed by all persons in the dairy operation during the contract period, to determine the total pounds of milk that will be converted to hundredweight (cwt.) used for payment; (5) submit timely production evidence according to Sec.
1430.209; (6) be actively engaged in the business of producing and marketing agricultural products at the time of signing the MIL contract; (7) in administering this program, the eligibility determination of dairy operation shall be made in the same manner as Dairy Market Loss Assistance (DMLA) contracts in that State; and (8) new MIL contract operations must be unaffiliated with prior DMLA operations.
Eligible dairy producers are those who, beginning December 1, 2001 through September 30, 2005: (1) commercially produce and market cow milk in the United States, or (2) produce milk in the United States and commercially market the milk outside the United States. In addition, dairy producers from a foreign country who have a working visa or other valid taxpayer identification number are eligible for MIL contract benefits.
Before MIL contract payments are issued, all persons involved in a single dairy operation must provide evidence of eligible marketing. Verifiable production evidence can include: (1) milk marketing payment stubs, (2) tank records, (3) milk handler records, (4) daily milk marketing, and (5) copies of any payments received as compensation from other sources.
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
To apply for the MIL contract program, dairy operation producers must submit form CCC-580, "Milk Income Loss Contract," to Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office where the dairy operation is located. The CCC-580 must show total pounds of all milk produced and marketed during each month for all persons receiving a share of the marketed milk. Monthly milk production may not be apportioned to circumvent the maximum payment quantity. All persons who share in the risk of a dairy operation's total production must certify information on the CCC-580. FSA will accept only one CCC-580 per operation. When applying for a MIL contract, operators must also have on file: (1) form AD-1026, "Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification," used to certify understanding of the conservation compliance requirements under USDA programs; and (2) form SF-1199A, "Direct Deposit Sign Up Form," used to sign up for the direct deposit of payments into the payee's account.
The Price Support Division (PSD) in Washington DC is responsible for the implementation of the MIL contract program in county offices. They will manage the contracts and determine the eligibility of monthly payments for each contract.
Please contact the program contact listed in the Information Contacts section below.
Section 1502 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, Public Law. 107-171; 7 U.S.C. 7981 and 7982; 15 U.S.C. 714b and 714c.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
From 1 to 60 days.
Any producer who is dissatisfied with a determination may request reconsideration or appeal of such determination under Part 11 or 780 of 7 CFR Part 1430.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Payments under this program may be made to dairy operations when the Boston Class I milk price under the applicable Federal milk marketing order is below $16.94 per cwt. No payments will be made to dairy operations for marketing during the months that the Boston Class I milk price under the applicable milk marketing order exceeds $16.94.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Except as provided in Sections 1430.205 and 1430.206, contracts entered into by producers in a dairy operation shall cover eligible production marketed by producers during the period beginning with the first day of the month producers enter into contract and ending on September 30, 2005. If a dairy goes out of business during the contracted period, the MIL contract program will be terminated immediately, except as applicable to earned payments.
Post Assistance Requirements
Recipients under this program are subject to audit by the Office of the Regional Inspector General, USDA.
Producers approved for benefits under this program must maintain accurate records and accounts in order to document that they meet all eligibility requirements specified herein, as may be requested by the Commodity Credit Corporation or the Farm Service Agency. Such records and accounts must be retained for 3 years after the date of payment to the dairy operation under this program. Destruction of the records 3 years after the date of payment shall be the risk of the party undertaking the destruction.
(Direct Payments) FY 07 $330,000,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Program is announced through news media and in letters to agricultural producers in the county. Regulations published in the Federal Register, 7 CFR part 1430. MIL Fact Sheet may be located online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/publications/facts/html/milc02.htm.
Regional or Local Office
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 FSA section of Appendix IV of the Catalog, or on the Internet at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/edso/.
Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Price Support Division, Stop 0512, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-0517. Telephone: (202) 720-1919.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
All producers meeting eligibility requirements may receive assistance. Applications are non-competitive.