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1999 Crop and Market Loss Assistance; Correction

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AGENCIES:

Commodity Credit Corporation; USDA.

ACTION:

Final Rule; Correction.

SUMMARY:

The Commodity Credit Corporation published in the Federal Register of February 16, 2000, a final rule promulgating regulations for crop and market loss programs. Inadvertently, one portion of the rule was incorrectly set out concerning the eligibility of producers for loan deficiency payments and marketing loan gains for commodities already marketed. This document corrects that error.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

February 11, 2000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Tom Witzig, Chief, Regulatory Review and Foreign Investment Disclosure Branch, FSA, USDA, STOP 0540, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-0540, Telephone: (202) 205-5851.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Commodity Credit Corporation published in the Federal Register of February 16, 2000, (65 FR 7942) a final rule promulgating regulations for crop and market loss programs. As correctly set out in the preamble for that rule, amendments were to be made by that rule to 7 CFR parts 1421 and 1427 to implement provisions of new legislation that changed the payment limitations for certain commodity activities and that allowed farmers who had already marketed a commodity, but had not received a marketing loan gain or loan deficiency payments for that commodity, to receive such payments. Normally, such payment is available only if the crop has not yet been marketed.

That is, the preamble to the rule stated that, subject to certain conditions, the new regulations adopted in that rule would allow a producer who was otherwise eligible to receive a gain or payment to receive a marketing loan gain or loan deficiency payment even though the producer marketed the commodity. The preamble stated that this would only apply for commodities marketed on or before the date of publication of the and to otherwise eligible producers on commodities for which no such gain or payment had been paid.

Those changes were to be incorporated into the regulations at 7 CFR 1421.1 and 1427.1. However, the February 16, 2000 rule inadvertently left out the conditions referred to in the preamble and used language that suggested that these new payments would be available only if the request for such relief was made prior to the date of publication of the rule a condition that would have been impossible to meet.

This correction provides regulatory language that reflects the intent of the February 16, 2000, rule, as expressed in the Preamble to that rule.

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1. On page 7954, in the second column, amendatory instruction 18 and the amendment to § 1421.1 are corrected to read as follows:

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18. Amend § 1421.1 by adding paragraph (e) to read as follows:

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(e) Notwithstanding provisions of this subpart and subchapter:

(1) For commodities produced during the 1999 crop year, the $75,000 per person total limitation on all commodities together on the sum of marketing loan gains on loan made under this part and on loan deficiency payments with respect to loans under this part, shall not apply, but, rather, such limit shall be $150,000 per person.

(2) For eligible crops produced in the 1999 crop year, a producer may receive with respect to a commodity, a marketing loan gain in connection with loans made under this part or loan deficiency payments in connection with the administration of loans under this part even though the crop has already been marketed, so long as:

(i) Neither the producer nor anyone else has received a marketing loan gain or loan deficiency payment on the commodity;

(ii) The person seeking the payment is the actual producer of the commodity and had beneficial interest in the commodity at the time of the operative marketing, for commodities to which paragraph (e)(2)(iii) of this section applies, or the time at which the commodity was redeemed in the case of commodities to which paragraph (e)(2)(iv) of this section applies;

(iii) For those commodities that were previously placed under loan, the payment is made solely as marketing loan gain in which case the rate to be paid will be determined as of the date of the redemption;

(iv) For commodities not covered by paragraph (e)(2)(iii) of this section, the producer will receive the payment as a loan deficiency payment in which case the amount to be paid will be determined as of the date that the producer marketed or lost beneficial interest in the commodity;

(v) Unless otherwise allowed by the Deputy Administrator, the producer marketed the commodity prior to February 16, 2000.

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2. On page 7954, in the second column, amendatory instruction 20 and the amendment to § 1427.1 are corrected to read as follows:

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20. Amend § 1427 by adding paragraph (d) to read as follows:

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(d) Notwithstanding provisions of this subpart and subchapter:

(1) For commodities produced during the 1999 crop year, the $75,000 per person total limitation on all commodities together on the sum of marketing loan gains on loan made under this part and on loan deficiency payments with respect to loans under this part, shall not apply, but, rather, such limit shall be $150,000 per person.

(2) For eligible cotton produced in the 1999 crop year, a producer may receive with respect to cotton, a marketing loan gain in connection with loans made under this part or loan deficiency payments in connection with the Start Printed Page 13866administration of loans under this part even though the cotton has already been marketed, so long as:

(i) Neither the producer nor anyone else has received a marketing loan gain or loan deficiency payment on the cotton;

(ii) The person seeking the payment is the actual producer of the cotton and had beneficial interest in the cotton at the time of the operative marketing, for cotton to which paragraph (d)(2)(iii) of this section applies, or the time at which the cotton was redeemed in the case of cotton to which paragraph (d)(2)(iv) of this section applies;

(iii) For cotton that was previously placed under loan, the payment is made solely as marketing loan gain in which case the rate to be paid will be determined as of the date of the redemption;

(iv) For cotton not covered by paragraph (d)(2)(iii) of this section, the producer will receive the payment as a loan deficiency payment in which case the amount to be paid will be determined as of the date that the producer marketed or lost beneficial interest in the cotton;

(v) Unless otherwise allowed by the Deputy Administrator, the producer marketed the cotton prior to February 16, 2000.

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Signed at Washington, DC, on March 10, 2000.

Keith Kelly,

Executive Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation.

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[FR Doc. 00-6424 Filed 3-13-00; 8:54 am]

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