Durum Wheat Quality Program

The Durum Wheat Quality Program (DWQP) compensates producers of durum wheat for up to 50 percent of the actual cost of fungicide applied to control Fusarium head blight (FHB), commonly known as wheat scab, for fiscal years (FY) 2009 through 2012, subject to availability of funding.

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Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The assistance will used to compensate producers of durum wheat.

Cost share assistance will be used to compensate producers for 50 percent of their share of both the purchase price of an eligible fungicide and the cost of applying the eligible fungicide to durum wheat acres.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

To be considered an eligible producer for DWQP, the producer must have a share in the treated durum wheat crop planted on eligible acres, have a share in the cost of either or both of purchasing an eligible fungicide or applying an eligible fungicide to eligible acres.

An eligible fungicide for DWQP must be registered with EPA, as required under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), unless exempt from FIFRA requirements, complaint with pesticide regulations in the State in which benefits are being requested, and used specifically for one fungicide treatment in the applicable crop year, to control FHB on eligible acres.

An eligible acre for DWQP must be planted to durum wheat and treated with an eligible fungicide, to specifically control FHB and applied during the flowering stage, the period of time during the wheat growth stage after the head emergence has completed and before milk development in the kernel.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Subject to available funding, eligible producers of durum wheat will be partially compensated for the cost of purchasing and applying fungicides to a crop of durum wheat to control Fusarium head blight on acres accurately certified as planted to durum wheat.


Documentation for Payment
To apply for DWQP benefits, producers shall file the following forms in their administrative County Office:
CCC-551 Durum Wheat Quality Program Application
FSA-578 Report of Acreage
AD-1026 Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification

Documentation of Fungicide Purchasing Cost
To qualify for DWQP cost share assistance, the producer must provide verifiable documentation of the producer"s actual fungicide cost, excluding application cost, for purchasing the eligible fungicide claimed on CCC-551 used to control FHB, for the applicable year. The following types of documentation are under consideration as acceptable proof of fungicide purchases:
1) original commercial sales and purchase receipts for an eligible fungicide
2) original invoices from licensed custom applicators that explicitly specify the cost of an eligible fungicide.

All supporting documentation must be completed by the participant and on file in the County Office before CCC-551 may be approved. 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.


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

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Office Committee (COC) must act on all completed and signed applications.


Jul 21, 2010 to Sep 15, 2010 Signup periods for subsequent years will be announced as funding becomes available and will always end on September 15 of the applicable crop year.


The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill), Title I, Part F, Section 1613, Public Law 110-246, 7 U.S.C 8788, as amended by The Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Approrpriations Act, 2010 (2010 Appropriations Act), Title VII, Section 741, Public Law 111-80.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not Applicable.


Appeal regulations set forth at parts 11 and 780 of 7CFR apply to determinations made under DWQP.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
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 place on the time permitted to spend the money awarded. Payments will not be made for claims for a particular crop year until after the application deadline, which is September 15 of that crop year, for the crop for which payment for the fungicide application is sought and only if funds are made available through an appropriation. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


No reports are required.


No audits are required for this program.


The producer or any other legal entity or person who provides information enabling a producer to receive payments must maintain any books, records and accounts supporting the information for three years following the end of the year during which the request for payment was submitted and allow authorized representatives of USDA and the U.S. Government Accountability Office during regular business hours, to inspect, examine, and make copies of such books or records, and to enter the farm and to inspect and verify all applicable acreage in which the producer has an interest for the purpose of confirming the accuracy of information provided by or for the producer.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 09 $0; FY 10 $2,750,000; FY 11 $0 - New Program in FY 2010. The program most likely will not be funded in FY 2011.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

7 CFR Part 1413

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Amy Mitchell, USDA, FSA, Production, Emergencies, & Compliance Division, 1400 Independence Ave SW Stop 0517, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Amy.Mitchell1@wdc.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-8954 Fax: (202) 690-2130.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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