Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center

The Agriculture Act of 2014, Title XI, Subtitle B, authorized funding for a "Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center.

The Secretary shall award a grant to a college or university eligible to receive funds under the Act of August 30, 1890 (7 U.S.C.

321 et seq.),
including Tuskegee University, to establish a policy research center to be known as the `Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center" for the purpose of developing policy recommendations for the protection and promotion of the interests of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers."

The Center will evaluate policy, analyze data collected, and develop policy recommendations concerning socially disadvantaged farmer and rancher issues.

The Center will serve as a public awareness center that will provide education to the public about the history and condition of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.
Related Programs10.443 Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

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.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To establish a policy research center for the purpose of developing policy recommendations for the protection and promotion of the interests of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Only 1890 Land/Grant Institutions that are eligible to receive funds under the Act of August 30, 1890 (7 U.S.C.

321 et seq.), including Tuskegee University, are eligible to apply for this grant.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Minority Farmers and Ranchers.

Credentials/Documentation

Colleges or universities eligible to receive funds under the Act of August 30, 1890 (7 U.S.C. 321 et seq.), including Tuskegee University. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

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. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.

Award Procedures

The OAO will use a point system to rate each proposal, awarding a maximum of 100 points. Each proposal will be given a numerical score by the independent review panel, and will be rank-ordered accordingly. A preliminary funding recommendation will be provided to the designated approving official based on this ranking. A final funding decision will be made by the designated approving official.

Deadlines

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

Authorization

The Agriculture Act of 2014 , Title 12, Part Subtitle B, Section 12203, Public Law 113-333, 7 U.S.C 2279.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days.

Appeals

From 30 to 60 days.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory Formula: Title 7, Chapter 25, Part 2500, Subpart A-E. This program will be administered under the existing 7 CFR Chapter XXV Part 2500 Subparts A-E.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

1 year. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

A quarterly record of all all cash expenditures.

A quarterly record of activities conducted with the grant funds.

A quarterly record of expenditures.

OAO has the discretion to conduct monitoring via site visit, desk audit and/or both practices as necessay but at least every 3 years.

Audits

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. OMB Circular A-110

Records

No Data Available.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-9913-0-1-350.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $400,000; and FY 15 est $400,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$400,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

7 CFR Chapter XXV Part 2500 Subpart A-E

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Kenya Nicholas 1400 Independence Avenue, SW - Room 520-A
Mail Stop 0601, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: kenya.nicholas@osec.usda.gov Phone: 2027206350

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Research Experience, Dissemination of Findings Plan, Staffing and Organizational Plan and Budget/Cost of Project.



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