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.
Uses and Use Restrictions
The equitable relief will be awarded to eligible producers who suffered a production loss due to a natural disaster during the 2008 crop year.
The eligible producer must demonstrate that there was a lack of access to a policy or plan of insurance, and did not qualify for a written agreement because one or more farming practices differed from that of other farming practices of producers of the same crop in other regions of the United States.
The assistance was awarded to the Hawaiian Commercial and Sugar Company (HC&S), a sugar producer in Hawaii that suffered a production loss due to drought that may qualify for assistance under the Federal Crop Insurance Act.
HC&S was ineligible for crop insurance due to Hawaii"s two-year sugarcane harvest cycle and the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program because of their annual gross revenue exceeded the adjusted gross income limitation.
HC&S provided documentation that they were ineligible for crop insurance. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Aplication and Award Process
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Environmental impact information is not required for this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
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
Lack of Access payment was awarded based upon the company"s level of loss.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Public Law 111-5.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No restrictions were place on the time permitted to spend the money awarded. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Post Assistance Requirements
No reports are required.
No audits are required for this program.
No Data Available.
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 12 $0; FY 13 est $0; and FY 14 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Steve Peterson, USDA, Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs, Production, Emergencies, and Compliance Division, Disaster Assistance Branch, 14th and Independence Ave SW, Stop 0517, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Steve.Peterson@wdc.usda.gov Phone: (202) 720-5172 Fax: (202) 720-0051.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
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