Pima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund

 

The Agricultural Act of 2014 establishes the Pima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund to reduce the injury to domestic manufacturers resulting from tariffs on cotton fabric that are higher than tariffs on certain apparel articles made of cotton fabric.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
10.615
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Office: Foreign Agricultural Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Authorization
Agricultural Act of 2014, Title 7, Part C, Section 12314, Public Law 113-79, 128 Stat. 993.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Payments to reduce the injury to domestic manufacturers resulting from tariffs on cotton fabric that are higher than tariffs on certain apparel articles made of cotton fabric.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Beneficiaries limited to: one or more nationally recognized associations established for the promotion of pima cotton in apparel; yarn spinners of pima cotton that produce ring spun cotton yarns in the United States, and manufacturers who cut and sew cotton shirts in the United States who certify that they used imported cotton fabric during calendar year 2013.
Credentials/Documentation
Per Section 12314 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 eligible claimants must file notarized affidavits as specified under subsection (c) for yarn spinners and subsection (d) for manufacturers who cut and sew cotton shirts. Additionally, these affidavits must be filed by the deadlines specified under subsection (e) in order to be eligible for payment. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
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
Award Procedure
Per Section 12314 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 eligible claimants must file notarized affidavits as specified under subsection (c) for yarn spinners and subsection (d) for manufacturers who cut and sew cotton shirts. Additionally, these affidavits must be filed by the deadlines specified under subsection (e) in order to be eligible for payment. Once eligibility has been established USDA will disburse payment to the claimant.
Deadlines
Mar 15, 2015
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 15 to 30 days. Per Section 12314 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 any person required to provide an affidavit under this program for calendar years 2015 through 2018 must file not later than March 15 of that calendar year.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Unrestricted use. For example, payments could be used to pay the salaries of the eligible claimant's employees.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
No reports are required.
Auditing
No audits are required for this program.
Records
Yarn Spinners must maintain supporting documentation showing the quantity of such yarns produced, and evidencing the yarns as ring spun cotton yarns, measuring less than 83.33 decitex (exceeding 120 metric number), in single and plied form during calendar year 2013.

Shirting manufacturers must maintain invoices along with other supporting documentation (such as price lists and other technical descriptions of the imported fabric qualities) showing the dollar value of such fabric purchased, the date of purchase, and evidencing the fabric as woven cotton fabric of 80s or higher count and 2-ply in warp.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Not applicable. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None.
Headquarters Office
Benjamin Chan 1400 Independence Ave, SW
, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: benjamin.chan@fas.usda.gov Phone: 2027208877
Website Address
http://www.fas.usda.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
12-5635-0-2-351 - Pima Agriculture Cotton Trust Fund.
Obligations
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 13 Not Available(Exp: Funding begins in FY 2014); FY 14 est $16,000,000; and FY 15 est $16,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $500,000 to $4,500,000.
Average: $2,200,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Federal Register Notice by the Foreign Agricultural Service
Title: Pima Agricultural Cotton Trust Fund
Document Citation:79 FR 25096
Page: 25096 -25098 (3 pages)
Document Number:2014-09996
Publication Date: Friday, May 02, 2014
URL: https://federalregister.gov/a/2014-09996
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.

 



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