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USDA/AgSEC RIN: 0503-AA75 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: ●Pandemic Assistance Programs  

Will provide additional direct financial assistance to producers of agricultural commodities who suffered eligible revenue losses in calendar year 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic; this will expand on the assistance USDA provided last year.   Payments will be made using funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act; Pub. L. 116-136).  The rule will also implement the expanded Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP) to help agricultural producers impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.  Given cover crop cultivation requires sustained, long-term investments to improve soil health and gain other agronomic benefits, the economic challenges due to the pandemic made maintaining cover cropping systems financially challenging for many producers.  In addition, the rule will also update the regulations for the Emergency Conservation Program (ECP); the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP); and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP); Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP); and payment eligibility provisions.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 9   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 116-136   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Final Action  11/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Deirdre Holder
Branch Chief, Regulatory Analysis and PRA Requirements Branch
Department of Agriculture
Farm Production and Conservation Business Center, 1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250-0572
Phone:202 205-5851