Payments to Agricultural Experiment Stations Under the Hatch Act

To support agricultural research at State Agricultural Experiment Stations.

Its purpose is to promote efficient production, marketing, distribution, and utilization of products of the farm as essential to the health and welfare of people and to promote a sound prosperous agriculture and rural
life.

Up to 25 percent of funds to be used for integrated cooperative research and extension activities.


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.

Website Address

http://www.reeusda.gov



Program Accomplishments

Examples of accomplishments: (1) Researchers developed a computerized system that uses infrared video to assess spray coverage of crop protection products on the complex surface of a vertical grain head; (2) Researchers conducted a scientific review of available information and concluded that dietary fat recommendations for adults have been inappropriately applied to children. The researchers suggested that dietary fat should not be restricted until 5 years of age and reduced gradually down to 30 percent throughout childhood and teen years.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Money appropriated pursuant to this Act shall also be available, in addition to meeting expenses for research and investigations conducted under authority of Section 2, for printing and disseminating the results of such research, retirement of employees subject to the provisions of an Act approved March 4, 1940 (54 Stat.

39), administrative planning and direction, and for the purchase and rental of land and the construction, acquisition, alteration, or repair of buildings necessary for conducting research.

The State Agricultural Experiment Stations are authorized to plan and conduct any research authorized under Section 2 of this Act in cooperation with each other and such other agencies and individuals as may contribute to the solution of the agricultural problems involved, and moneys appropriated pursuant to this Act shall be available for paying the necessary expenses of planning, coordinating, and conducting such cooperative research.

Up to 25 percent of funds to be used for integrated cooperative research and extension activities.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Funds under the Hatch Act are allocated in accordance with the statutory formula stated in the Act to the State agricultural experiment stations of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Micronesia, and Northern Mariana Islands.

These institutions have been identified and declared eligible by their respective State legislatures.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Funds under the Hatch Act are allocated in accordance with the statutory formula stated in the Act to the State agricultural experiment stations of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Micronesia, and Northern Mariana Islands. These institutions have been identified and declared eligible by their respective State legislatures.

Credentials/Documentation

None. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No.

A-102 and E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

State 5-year plans of work must be submitted to and approved by CSREES before funds are released. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110 as implemented by 7 CFR Part 3019.

Award Procedures

Awards are made to States according to statute.

Deadlines

None.

Authorization

Hatch Act of 1887, as amended; Public Law 84-352, 7 U.S.C. 361a-361i; Education Amendments of 1972, Section 506, Public Law 92-318; Public Law 93-471; Public Law 95-113; Education Amendments of 1980, Section 1361, Public Law 96-374, 7 U.S.C. 301; Public Law 97-98; Public Law 99-198; Public Law 101-624; Public Law 104-127; Public Law 105-185.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.

Appeals

Not applicable.

Renewals

Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Formula: Payments to States for fiscal year 1955 was a fixed base and sums appropriated in excess of 1955 level use the following fund allocation statistical factors: (1) 20 percent allotted equally to each State; (2) not less than 52 percent to States as follows: One-half in an amount which bears the same ratio as the rural population of the State bears to the total rural population of all the States (and the source is the 1990 Decennial Census); and one-half in an amount which bears the same ratio as the farm population of the State bears to the total farm population of all the States (and the source is the 1990 Decennial Census); and (3) at least 25 percent to States for cooperative research in which 2 or more State agricultural experiment stations are cooperating to solve problems of agriculture in more than one State. The statistical factor used for eligibility does not apply to this program. Matching requirement: Federal funds must be matched with nonfederal funding on a dollar-for-dollar basis. In the case of Guam, the Virgin Islands, Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa, Federal funds are subject to not less than a 45 percent match with nonfederal funds in fiscal year 2001; and not less than a 50 percent match with nonfederal funds in fiscal year 2002 and each fiscal year thereafter.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Fiscal year appropriated. Unobligated balance September 30 deducted from subsequent year allocation. Funds are released quarterly under the electronic transfer system.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Due dates and plans of work and reporting requirements will be provided to eligible institutions by the agency.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit 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

Maintained by project. Retain payment documents 3 years.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-1500-0-1-352.

Obigations

(Grants) FY 07 $304,477,264; FY 08 est $154,804,258; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$611,608 to $5,831,557. Average: $2,796,141.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Administrative Manual for the Hatch (Experiment Station) Act as amended, Agricultural Handbook No. 381 revised November 1980; Manual for Cooperative Regional Research, revised 1986; 7 CFR Part 3015, USDA Uniform Federal Assistance Regulations; 7 CFR part 3017, Government wide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) and Government wide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Grants); 7 CFR Part 3018, New Restrictions on Lobbying; and 7 CFR Part 3019, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Deputy Administrator, Partnerships, Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250-2201. Telephone: (202) 720-5623.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.



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