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USDA/FAS RIN: 0551-AA97 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Market Access Program 

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 eliminated the requirement that branded participants were limited to 5 years’ eligibility for the Market Access Program (MAP). With that change in the underlying statute, FAS would like to revise the program regulations to eliminate the 5-year branded graduation requirement codified in 7 CFR 1485.15(d) Operational procedures for brand programs.

FAS would also like to amend the MAP regulations to remove the requirement that FAS post the application announcements in the Federal Register. In place of a Federal Register notice, FAS would like to follow the grant administration best practice of posting application announcements on FAS proposes to strike the language in the Federal Register from 7 CFR 1485.13(a) Application process and 7 CFR 1485.14(c) Application review and formation of agreements.

Finally, FAS would like to make conforming edits to the MAP regulation text to remedy instances in which the Office of General Counsel (OGC) identified that the regulations do not conform with 2 CFR 200, which was enacted subsequent to the last major revision of the MAP regulations.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 1485   
Legal Authority: Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Final Rule  12/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Connie Ehrhart
Management Analyst
Department of Agriculture
Foreign Agricultural Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 690-1578