Poultry Loss Contract Grant Assistance Program

To provide assistance to eligible poultry growers whose poultry growing arrangements with a live poultry dealer were terminated because of the bankruptcy of the live poultry dealer between May 1, 2008 and July 1, 2010, and the poultry grower did not enter into a poultry growing arrangement with any live
poultry dealer for one month after termination of the poultry growing arrangement.


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

PGAP will be used to provide assistance to poultry growers who incurred losses due to their poultry growing arrangements being terminated because of the bankruptcy of the live poultry dealer in the poultry industry.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The eligible poultry grower must:

1) have suffered a financial loss as a result of a bankrupt live poultry dealer terminating its poultry growing arrangement with the poultry grower between May 1, 2008 and July 1, 2010;

2) not have entered into a poultry growing arrangement with any live poultry dealer for one month following the termination of its poultry growing arrangement with a bankrupt live poultry dealer;

3) be in compliance with the highly erodible land and wetland conservation provisions of 7 CFR Part 12 for calendar year 2009; and

4) not have an average adjusted gross non-farm income, as defined in 7 CFR Part 1400 with respect to 2009 programs, that exceeded $500,000 for calendar years 2005-2007.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The beneficiary will apply through state and local governments. The poultry producers will receive the ultimate benefits from PGAP.

Credentials/Documentation

Acceptable documentation is determined by the State of poultry grower settlement sheets documenting production/receipts from the bankrupt live poultry dealer for the most recent 12 months prior to the conclusion of the poultry growing arrangement that was terminated between May 1, 2008 and July 1, 2010. 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

USDA"s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will award funds to State Departments of Agriculture. States will conduct program sign up and disburse payments to poultry 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

There are no restrictions placed on the time permitted to spend the money awarded. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

PGAP work plans must be submitted to FSA describing how the State will implement the program including the State"s program application.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

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

States must complete Internal Reviews and submit Internal Review results to FSA within 90 days of funds disbursement.

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

Each State requires eligible poultry growers to retain financial and other records for a period of three years after completion of the distribution of grant funds or until final resolution of any audit findings or litigation claims relating to the distribution of such funds. Each State agrees to allow any representative of USDA, including FSA, and the Office of the Inspector General and the Comptroller General of the United States to have access to and the right to examine all records and documents related to the grant Agreement. Each State agrees to require poultry growers and live poultry dealers, if applicable, to provide access to State, USDA, and other branches of the Federal government to facilities and as needed to assure compliance with the program.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-5209-0-1-351.

Obigations

(Formula Grants) FY 10 $0; FY 11 $60,000,000; FY 12 $60,000,000

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

Scotty Abbott, 14th & Independence Ave SW, Room 4759 South Building, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: scotty.abbott@wdc.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-7997 Fax: (202) 690-2130.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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