AGRICULTURAL MARKETING SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF
Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, Section 204b, 7
To solve marketing problems at the State and local level
through pilot marketing service projects conducted by States.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Projects may deal in such areas as providing marketing services to improve the
marketability of agricultural products, expand export markets, improve
economic and physical marketing efficiency, assemble and disseminate marketing
information, and improve competitive trading.
Applicant Eligibility: State Department of
Agriculture, or other appropriate State agencies.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Beneficiary Eligibility: Producers, processors,
marketing agencies, and general public.
Credentials/Documentation: A grant agreement is
entered into between the administering Federal agency and the State agency
that makes the application. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB
Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.
Pre-application Coordination: This program is
eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of
Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official
designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more
information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for
assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure: The State agency submits
an application and fund request setting forth specific work to be undertaken
and amount of funds required. This request is submitted to the Staff Officer
of the Federal, State Marketing Improvement Program. The standard application
forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No.
A-102 must be used for this program. This program is excluded from coverage
under OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure: The requests are reviewed and
approved or disapproved by the Agricultural Marketing Service. Grantee is
notified of the amount awarded by allotment letter.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: Approximately
Appeals: No formal appeal procedure.
Renewals: A project is approved for a period up
to 3 years.
Formula and Matching Requirements: States contribute
at least one half the cost and perform the work with State personnel.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Annually.
Payments are made to the States on a quarterly basis.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Six month Progress Reports, annual
financial report, and annual narrative report of activities and project
accomplishments submitted to the Staff Officer, Federal - State Marketing
Improvement Program. Field reviews are made by Federal - State Marketing
Improvement Program personnel.
Audits: In accordance with the provisions of 7
CFR Part 3052, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit
Organizations," which implement OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24,
1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit
Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of
$300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific
audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than
$300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements
for that year, except as noted in 7 CFR 3052.
Records: States must keep accounting records on
file to identify all items and amounts for 3 years.
Account Identification: 12-2501-0-1-352.
Obligations: (Grants) FY 01 $1,347,000; FY 02 est
$1,347,000; and FY 03 est $1,347,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
$17,800 to $80,000. Average: $46,154.
In fiscal year 2001, 68 projects were submitted and 34 projects were funded.
In fiscal year 2002, it is estimated that 65 projects will be submitted and 30
projects will be funded. In fiscal year 2003, it is estimated that 65 projects
will be submitted and 30 projects will be funded.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
A Guide to Procedures Relating to Marketing Service Programs.
Regional or Local Office: None.
Headquarters Office: Staff Officer, Federal-State
Marketing Improvement Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, Department of
Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250. Telephone: (202) 690-1305 Contact: Vacant.
Web Site Address:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Direct marketing prospects; international trade; and alternative crop
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Project approval is based on several factors; including the urgency of the
marketing problem, innovativeness of the projects and the impact on solving