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USDA/FCIC RIN: 0563-AC78 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Equity in Dispute Resolution 

The rule proposes to streamline the dispute resolution process with a proposed rule open for public comment, followed by a final rule.  The proposed changes are intended to make the dispute resolution process more accessible, transparent, and fair.  The proposed changes include encouraging lower-cost options for dispute resolution, removing duplicative and unnecessary processes related to final agency determinations (FAD), and streamlining access to judicial review.  The proposed changes are based on feedback from program participants who have raised concerns about difficulty, expense, fairness, and confusion navigating the dispute resolution process. The proposed rule would also ask the public whether there should be an alternative process for dispute resolution that does not involve costly arbitration for the farmer.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 400   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1506 (r)    7 U.S.C. 1506 (o)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/00/2023 
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:
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