Rice Production Program


RPP provides assistance to rice producers that planted or were prevented from planting rice in crop year 2022 in order to offset higher than normal production costs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Farm Service Agency, Department of Agriculture
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
D - Direct Payments With Unrestricted Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2023 It is anticipated that FSA will receive approximately 13,500 RPP applications and issue payments totaling up to $250,000,000.
Consolidated Appropriations Act, Part Division N, Section 602
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023, Division N, Sec. 602
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
An eligible producer is a person, partnership, association, corporation, estate, trust, or other legal entity that produces rice as a landowner, landlord, tenant, or sharecropper. In addition, to be eligible for RPP, a producer must be a citizen of the United States; resident alien; partnership organized under State Law; corporation, limited liability company, or other organizational structure organized under State Law; or Indian Tribe or Tribal organization.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Applicants must submit an application and additional required eligibility forms and documentation, if not already on file with FSA. Applicants may be required to submit documentation to substantiate the information on their application. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. A prefilled application will be mailed to producers. Producers must sign and date the form and return it to their recording county office. Producer must meet conservation compliance provisions and file a CCC-901 or CCC-902 within 60 days of the application deadline.
Award Procedure
CED must review first 5 applications. DD must review first 5 applications. After that, the COC or designee will review and approve the application. Then payments will be processed.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 1 to 15 days.
From 15 to 30 days.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Unrestricted use. Assistance will be used by eligible producers who planted or were prevented from planting rice acres during crop year 2022.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Participants are required to retain documentation in support of their application for 3 years after the date of approval. Participants receiving a RPP payment or any other person that furnishes such information to USDA must permit authorized representatives of USDA or the Government Accountability Office, during regular business hours, to enter the participant's business and to inspect, examine, and to allow representatives to make copies of books, records, or other items for the purpose of confirming the accuracy of the information provided by the participant.
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
Applications must be submitted by a date announced by the Secretary. All required supporting documentation must be submitted to the applicant's FSA county office no later than 60 days from the date signup ends. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Alison Groenwoldt
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20250 USA
Phone: (202) 720-4213
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments with Unrestricted Use) FY 22 Estimate Not Available FY 23 est $250,000,000.00; FY 24 Estimate Not Available -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
RPP will be calculated using the number of acres of rice planted or prevented from being planted, multiplied by the average production history, multiplied by the payment rate, multiplied by the producers share of the rice acres.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
This program will be administered as provided in the Notice of Funding Availability published in the Federal Register. Procedural notices and fact sheets are available in the county FSA office.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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