Pima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund

The Agricultural Act of 2014 establishes the Pima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund to reduce the injury to domestic manufacturers resulting from tariffs on cotton fabric that are higher than tariffs on certain apparel articles made of cotton fabric.



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

Unrestricted use.

For example, payments could be used to pay the salaries of the eligible claimant"s employees.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Payments to reduce the injury to domestic manufacturers resulting from tariffs on cotton fabric that are higher than tariffs on certain apparel articles made of cotton fabric.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries limited to: one or more nationally recognized associations established for the promotion of pima cotton in apparel; yarn spinners of pima cotton that produce ring spun cotton yarns in the United States, and manufacturers who cut and sew cotton shirts in the United States who certify that they used imported cotton fabric during calendar year 2013.

Credentials/Documentation

Per Section 12314 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 eligible claimants must file notarized affidavits as specified under subsection (c) for yarn spinners and subsection (d) for manufacturers who cut and sew cotton shirts. Additionally, these affidavits must be filed by the deadlines specified under subsection (e) in order to be eligible for payment. 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. Not applicable

Award Procedures

Per Section 12314 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 eligible claimants must file notarized affidavits as specified under subsection (c) for yarn spinners and subsection (d) for manufacturers who cut and sew cotton shirts. Additionally, these affidavits must be filed by the deadlines specified under subsection (e) in order to be eligible for payment. Once eligibility has been established USDA will disburse payment to the claimant.

Deadlines

Mar 15, 2015

Authorization

Agricultural Act of 2014, Title 7, Part C, Section 12314, Public Law 113-79, 128 Stat. 993.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 15 to 30 days. Per Section 12314 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 any person required to provide an affidavit under this program for calendar years 2015 through 2018 must file not later than March 15 of that calendar year.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

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

No reports are required.

Audits

No audits are required for this program.

Records

Yarn Spinners must maintain supporting documentation showing the quantity of such yarns produced, and evidencing the yarns as ring spun cotton yarns, measuring less than 83.33 decitex (exceeding 120 metric number), in single and plied form during calendar year 2013.

Shirting manufacturers must maintain invoices along with other supporting documentation (such as price lists and other technical descriptions of the imported fabric qualities) showing the dollar value of such fabric purchased, the date of purchase, and evidencing the fabric as woven cotton fabric of 80s or higher count and 2-ply in warp.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-5635-0-2-351 - Pima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund.

Obigations

(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 13 Not Available(Exp: Funding begins in FY 2014); FY 14 est $16,000,000; and FY 15 est $16,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $500,000 to $4,500,000.
Average: $2,200,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Federal Register Notice by the Foreign Agricultural Service
Title: Pima Agricultural Cotton Trust Fund
Document Citation:79 FR 25096
Page: 25096 -25098 (3 pages)
Document Number:2014-09996
Publication Date: Friday, May 02, 2014
URL: https://federalregister.gov/a/2014-09996

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Benjamin Chan 1400 Independence Ave, SW
, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: benjamin.chan@fas.usda.gov Phone: 2027208877

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.



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