Boll Weevil Eradication Loan Program


To assist producers and state government agencies in the eradication of boll weevils from cotton producing areas and ensuring the pest is not re-introduced.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
E - Direct Loans
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, Public Law 104-180, 7 U.S.C. 1989.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
An eligible applicant must: (1) Meet all requirements prescribed by APHIS to qualify for cost-share grant funds as determined by APHIS, (FSA will accept the determination by APHIS as to an organization's qualification); (2) Have the appropriate charter and/or legal authority as a non-profit corporation or as a State organization specifically organized to operate the boll weevil eradication program in any State, biological, or geographic region of any State in which it operates; (3) Possess the legal authority to enter into contracts, including debt instruments; (4) Operate in an area in which producers have approved a referendum authorizing producer assessments and in which an active eradication or post-eradication program is underway or scheduled to begin no later than the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the application is submitted; (5) Have the legal authority to pledge producer assessments as security for loans from FSA. Individual producers are not eligible for loans.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The beneficiaries of this program include the local boll weevil organization and agricultural community as well as local, State, and national governments.
All applicants must be nonprofit entities, authorized to operate under the appropriate State law and for the specific purpose of eradicating boll weevils from the nation's agricultural community.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. No loan will be made until all Federal and state statutory and regulatory environmental requirements have been complied with.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Complete applications will be accepted by the National Office accompanied by documentation showing the entity's authority to borrow and the operation's ability to make the scheduled loan payment(s).
Award Procedure
Loan requests will be processed based on the date FSA receives the application. Loan approval is subject to the availability of funds. However, when multiple applications are received on the same date and available funds will not cover all applications received, applications from active eradication areas, which FSA determines to be most critical for the accomplishment of program objectives, will be funded first..
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Within 60 calendar days after receiving a complete loan application, the Agency will complete the processing of the Direct loan request and notify the applicant of the decision reached, and the reason for any disapproval.
FLP applicants and borrowers have the right to request reconsideration, file appeals, and enter into alternate dispute resolutions about adverse decisions. If a loan is not approved, FSA will provide written notification of opportunities to request: Reconsideration Applicants are provided with the opportunity to meet with the FSA loan officer to present additional information and explain why you believe FSA's decision may be in error; Mediation A process for resolution of a disagreement. A trained neutral mediator assists two or more parties who disagree by looking at the issues, considering all available options, and attempting to agree on an acceptable solution; Appeal to the Department of Agriculture National Appeal Division (NAD), an independent organization within USDA, where you may present evidence which demonstrates why you believe that FSA's decision may be wrong.
Applicants may reapply for an FSA loan at any time. Applicants who were given a denial of a loan request will be advised of potential actions or alternatives that might resolve or help resolve the issues that resulted in the denial of the loan request. Applicants previously given a loan denial must establish that substantial change has occurred, since the denial decision.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Loan funds may be used for any purpose directly related to boll weevil eradication activities, including, but not limited to: I. Purchase or lease of supplies and equipment; II. Operating expenses, including but not limited to, travel and office operations; III. Salaries and benefits. Loan funds may not be used to pay expenses incurred for lobbying, public relations, or related activities, or to pay interest on loans from the Agency.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Audited financial statements and profit and loss statements will be annually submitted for review and analysis.
Applicants must maintain accurate financial and production records during the period of the loan.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The loan term will be based upon the needs of the applicant to accomplish the objectives of the loan program as determined by FSA, but may not exceed 10 years.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Consult the appropriate FSA State office where the property is located. For a list of FSA State offices with telephone numbers and addresses, visit FSA website at to locate nearest office.
Headquarters Office
James Jackson
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250 US
Phone: (202) 692-4940
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Loans) FY 22$60,000,000.00; FY 23 est $60,000,000.00; FY 24 est $60,000,000.00; FY 21$60,000,000.00; FY 20$60,000,000.00; FY 19$0.00; FY 18$0.00; FY 17$0.00; FY 16$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
7 CFR 771; Farm Loan Program Fact Sheets; FSA Handbook 1-BWEP & 1-APP; All information is available on FSA website at:
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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