Disaster Reserve Assistance

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Administered by:

US Federal Government Agency (see all agencies)
Department of Agriculture , Farm Service Agency
CFDA #: 10.452

Purpose of this program:

To provide emergency assistance to eligible livestock owners, in a State, county, or area approved by the Secretary or designee, where because of disease, insect infestation, flood, drought, fire, hurricane, earthquake, hail storm, hot weather, cold weather, freeze, snow, ice, and winterkill, or other natural disaster, a livestock emergency has been determined to exist.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Direct Payments are for unrestricted use. Feed on which cost-sharing is received: (a) Must be fed to the producer's livestock; (b) may not be resold; and (c) must be utilized during the established feeding period.

Who is eligible to apply...

Applicants must meet all of the following conditions as determined by the approving official: (1) May not have total annual gross revenue in excess of $2.5 million; (2) be actively engaged in farming with at least 10 percent of gross revenue derived from the production of grain or livestock; (3) must have suffered a 40 percent or greater loss of normal feed production on the farm; and (4) have insufficient feed available for eligible livestock for the duration of the emergency; and (5) applicants eligible to receive program benefits under more than one program administered by the Secretary for the same crop loss must choose whether to receive other program benefits or disaster reserve assistance benefits. Applicants are not eligible for both. Basic program eligibility requirements include: (1) For the Disaster Reserve Assistance Program, crop losses in areas that have suffered a 40 percent or greater loss of normal grazing, and feed grain and forage production, and determined to be in a livestock feed emergency due to a natural disaster; (2) for the Emergency Feed Grain Donation Program: (a) the State committee must determine and document a livestock feed emergency on a county-by-county basis, when the danger of eligible livestock perishing as a result of snow and freezing conditions exists in the county, (b) the livestock owner, or other person or entities (public or private) certify that the eligible livestock were or are in danger of perishing without immediate assistance; and (3) the Foundation Livestock Relief (Cost-Share) Program: (a) when foundation livestock are stranded and in imminent danger of perishing, and (b) when the State committee determines and documents livestock losses due to severe weather conditions.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:
Credentials/Documentation

Applicants must certify: (1) Ownership of livestock, feed loss, and feed available, (2) that annual gross revenue is not in excess of $2.5 million, (3) derives at least 10 percent of gross revenue from the production of grain and livestock. Applicants must also be an established producer or husbandry of livestock or a dairy producer who is: (1) Actively engaged in farming; (2) a citizen of, or legal resident alien in the United States; (3) a farm cooperative, private domestic corporation, partnership, or joint operation in which a majority interest is held by the members, stockholders, or partners who are citizens of, or legal resident aliens of the United States; (4) any Indian tribe or tribal organization of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act; and (5) any organization under the Indian Reorganization Act or Financing Act.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

(1) Applicants visit the county FSA office in the eligible county to make application, certify eligibility and report feed loss, feed available, and eligible livestock related to the disaster occurrence; and (2) applicants also receive authority to participate in the program as provided by the approving official.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

None.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...

Deadlines

Feeding periods for the disaster reserve assistance program begin (a) the first day of the 1996 crop year in counties approved for 1995 or 1996 livestock feed programs; (b) the date the producer filed an application, if the natural disaster began after the beginning of the 1996 crop year; the date of the occurrence for sudden natural disasters that occurred after the beginning of the 1996 crop year.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approval is 30 days or less in most cases if complete information is furnished by the applicant.

Preapplication Coordination

There is no preapplication coordination related to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102 and E.O. 12372.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.

Appeals

Applicants may appeal to the county and State FSA committees and to the National Appeals Division.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Renewals

Not applicable.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

Applicants must meet all of the following conditions as determined by the approving official: (1) May not have total annual gross revenue in excess of $2.5 million; (2) be actively engaged in farming with at least 10 percent of gross revenue derived from the production of grain or livestock; (3) must have suffered a 40 percent or greater loss of normal feed production on the farm; and (4) have insufficient feed available for eligible livestock for the duration of the emergency; and (5) applicants eligible to receive program benefits under more than one program administered by the Secretary for the same crop loss must choose whether to receive other program benefits or disaster reserve assistance benefits. Applicants are not eligible for both.

Beneficiaries
About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Direct Payments for Specified Use

Financial assistance from the Federal government provided directly to individuals, private firms, and other private institutions to encourage or subsidize a particular activity by conditioning the receipt of the assistance on a particular performance by the recipient. This does not include solicited contracts for the procurement of goods and services for the Federal government.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.

Obligations

(Direct Cash Payments from Sales of CCC's Reserved Commodities) FY 03 $0; FY 04 est $0; FY 05 est $0.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification

12-4336-0-1-351.

Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

There are no funded projects related to this program.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

Payment adjustments made under the Dairy Production Disaster Assistance Program in fiscal year 2001 totaled $11,036 as of September 30, 2001. Payments made under the Dairy Production Disaster Assistance Program in fiscal year 2002 totaled $0 as of December 31, 2001. Payments made under the American Indian Livestock Assistance Program in fiscal year 2001 totaled $6,874,391 as of September 30, 2001. Payments made under the American Indian Livestock Assistance Program in fiscal year 2002 totaled $802,245 as of December 31, 2001. Payments made under the Disaster Reserve Flood Compensation Program in fiscal year 2001 totaled $668,406 as of September 30, 2001. Payments made under the Disaster Reserve Flood Compensation Program in fiscal year 2001 totaled $2,025 as of December 31, 2001. Payments made under the Crop Disaster Assistance Program in fiscal year 2001 totaled $1,251,308,856 as of September 30, 2001. Payments made under the Crop Disaster Assistance Program in fiscal year 2002 totaled $3,418,594 as of December 31, 2001. However, the fiscal year 2002 program has not yet begun. Payments made under the Livestock Indemnity Program in fiscal year 2001 totaled $4,930,979 as of September 30, 2001. Payments made under the Livestock Indemnity Program in fiscal year 2002 totaled $0 as of December 31, 2001.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

None.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Payment is made by check upon presenting satisfactory evidence of cost of feed purchased and determining program eligibility.

Formula and Matching Requirements

Formula and matching requirements are not considered under this program.

Note:
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...

Reports

There are no reports due for post assistance requirements under this program.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.

Audits

Recipients under these programs are subject to audit by the Office of the Regional Inspector General, USDA.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).

Records

Owners, dealers, handlers, and warehousemen shall retain financial books and records that permit verification of all transactions for at least 3 years following the end of the calendar year in which assistance is provided.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.

Regulations...

Authorization

Agricultural Act of 1970, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 1427a.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

Procedural handbooks are available in county FSA offices.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Consult the local telephone directory for location of the nearest county FSA office. If no listing, contact the appropriate State FSA office.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency, Emergency and Noninsured Assistance Program Division, STOP 0526, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-0526. Telephone: (202) 720-3168.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: