2009 Aquaculture Grant Program

To provide assistance to eligible aquaculture producers that suffered financial losses associated with high feed input costs during the 2009 calendar year.



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

http://www.fsa.gov



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The grants will be used to provide assistance to aquaculture producers who incurred losses due to high feed costs in 2009.

Funds received by the producer must be used for costs associated with their current aquaculture operation.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The grants will be used to aid struggling aquaculture producers.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The beneficiary will apply through state and local governments.

Credentials/Documentation

Acceptable documentation is determined by the State of 2009 and May through August 2010 feed purchased (quantity and price) for aquaculture operation. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

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

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

The Commodity Credit Corporation will award funds to State Departments of Agriculture. States will conduct program sign up and disburse payments to aquaculture producers in their state.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Section 32 of the Agricultural Adjustment Act of August 24, 1935, Public Law 74-320.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.

Appeals

Appeal regulations set forth at parts 11 and 780 of 7CFR.

Renewals

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

Not Applicable. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

2009 AGP work plans must be submitted to the Farm Service Agency describing how the State will implement the program including the State"s program application.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Monthly, until all grant funding is expended, States must submit a Financial Report to the Farm Service Agency that provides State obligations and outlays.

Within 60 days of funds disbursement, States must submit Internal Review results to the Farm Service Agency.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

The producer or any other legal entity or person who provides information enabling a producer to receive payments must maintain any books, records and accounts supporting the information for three years following the end of the year during which the request for payment was submitted and allow authorized representatives of USDA and the U.S. Government Accountability Office during regular business hours, to inspect, examine, and make copies of such books or records, and to enter the farm and to inspect and verify all applicable acreage in which the producer has an interest for the purpose of confirming the accuracy of information provided by or for the producer.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-5209-0-1-351.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 09 $0; FY 10 $0; FY 11 $20,000,000 - New Program for 2011.

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

Amy Mitchell, USDA, FSA, Production, Emergencies, & Compliance Division, 1400 Independence Ave SW Stop 0517, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Amy.Mitchell1@wdc.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-8954 Fax: (202) 690-2130.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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