Hard White Wheat Incentive Program

The purpose of this program is to increase the production of both Spring and Winter varieties of hard white wheat during the 2003 through 2005 crop years.


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 - FSA state offices can inform applicants of county office locations where applicants may apply for assistance.


Program Accomplishments

None.

Uses and Use Restrictions

None.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible to receive the certified seed incentive payment, a producer must (1) Submit a complete application during the application period; (2) Submit a receipt for the purchase of certified seed to FSA.

To be eligible to receive the production incentive payment, a producer must (1) Submit a complete application during the application period; (2) Produce hard white wheat of the quality required under Sec.

1413.106; (3) Have an interested buyer with the intent to use the wheat for all purposes except for feed use.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Producers of hard white wheat.

Credentials/Documentation

The applicant must certify to the total number and location of acres planted to hard white wheat and the number of eligible bushels sold. Applicants must also provide a settlement sheet, to Farm Service Agency (FSA) upon disposal of the production certified to on the application. Each applicant for a certified seed incentive payment must submit an acceptable seed receipt for the certified seed to FSA, and certify to the number and location of acres planted with certified seed. Producers requesting benefits under this part must certify to the accuracy and truthfulness of the information provided in their application. All information provided is subject to verification by FSA.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

There is no preapplication coordination related to this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

Signup for the Hard White Wheat Incentive Program shall be conducted by CCC for each of the 2003 through 2005 crop years during the application period announced by the Deputy Administrator. Applications are available from any county FSA office. Applicants must submit a complete application to FSA during the application period. The producer shall submit one application for all farms within in a particular county.

Award Procedures

None.

Deadlines

Application period is announced by the Deputy Administrator. Applicants must submit a complete application to FSA during the application period.

Authorization

Section 1616 of The Agricultural Assistance Act of 2002, Public Law 107-171.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

1 to 30 days.

Appeals

Any producer who is dissatisfied with a determination made pursuant to this part may request reconsideration or appeal such determination in accordance with parts 11 and 780 of 7 U.S.C. 7999; 15 U.S.C. 714b and 714c.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Payment for the production incentive shall be the product of the bushels determined in accordance with Sec. 1413.108 times $0.20. Payment for the certified hard white wheat planting incentive shall be the product of the number of acres certified on the application times $2.00 per acre. The maximum hard white wheat acreage and production for which payments may be issued for the 2003 through 2005 crop year is to total 2,000,000 acres, or 120,000 bushels, whichever is greater. The certified seed incentive may be discontinued, as determined by the Deputy Administrator, in any year sufficient funds are determined to be unavailable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Payment is made by check or direct deposit after determining applicant eligibility.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

None.

Audits

Recipients under this program are subject to audit by the Office of the Regional Inspector General, Department of Agriculture.

Records

Producers of hard white wheat or any other individual or entity receiving payments for this program shall maintain and retain financial books and records which will permit verification of all transactions for at least 3 years, following the end of the calendar year in which payments were made.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-4336-0-3-351.

Obigations

FY 07 $0; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not available at this time.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program is announced through news media and in letters to agricultural producers in the county. Regulations published in the Federal Register, 7 U.S.C. 7999; 15 U.S.C. 714b and 714c. HWW Fact Sheet may be located online at http://www.ceris.purdue.edu/fedweb/0302/03/0000.html.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

FSA state offices can inform applicants of county office locations where applicants may apply for assistance.

Headquarters Office

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Production Emergency and Compliance Division, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-0512. Telephone: (202) 720-7641.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All producers meeting eligibility requirements may receive assistance subject to the national payment factor. Applications are non-competitive.



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