Title 12: Miscellaneous

The final section of the Agricultural Act of 2014 is Title 12: Miscellaneous. Here are programs and classifications that don't fit into the previous titles. The title is broken into different sections: livestock; socially disadvantaged and limited-resource producers; other; and oilheat efficiency, research and jobs training. (CRS)

Trichinae Certification Program

Purpose:  To certifiy the compliance with best production practices and designed to enhance swine and pork producers’ ability to export fresh pork and pork products. The certification process is based on surveillance or other methods consistent with international standards. The program is administered by the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Funding: To be annually funded $1.5 million through FY 2018.
History: This program was created with the 2008 Farm Bill, but as a voluntary program. With the 2014 bill, the Agriculture Secretary will need to finalize the new process within one year of its adoption.
For More Information, Visit These Sites:
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
American Veterinary Medical Association

National Sheep Industry Improvement Center &

Sheep Production and Marketing Grant Program

Purpose: The NSIIC promotes the strategic development of the U.S. sheep and goat industry and provides financial assistance for the enhancement and marketing of sheep and goat products with an emphasis on infrastructure development.  The competitive grant program will work to improve the sheep industry, including infrastructure, business, resource development, or innovative approaches for long-term needs. Both are administered by the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.
Funding: To be mandatorily funded $1.5 million in FY 2014, to be available until expended. 10% may be used for the administration of the NSIIC. 
History: The NSIIC was created with the 1996 Farm Bill, while the grant program is created with the 2014 Farm Bill.
For More Information, Visit These Sites:
The NSIIC's website
The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service NSIIC Background Page
The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service's Program Page
American Sheep Industry Association

National Aquatic Animal Health Plan

Purpose: The USDA, NOAA Fisheries Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Serive work together via cooperative agreements for the purpose of detecting, controlling, or eradicating diseases of aquaculture species and promoting species-specific best management practices on a cost-share basis.
Funding: To be appropriated as necessary through FY 2018.
History: This program was created with the 2008 Farm Bill, but as a voluntary program. With the 2014 bill, the Agriculture Secretary will need to finalize the new process within one year of its adoption.
For More Information, Visit These Sites:
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Site
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Site
The US Fish and Wildlife Service's Site

Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL)

Purpose: A labeling law which notifies customers with information regarding the source of certain foods including muscle cut and ground meats: beef, veal, pork, lamb, goat, venison, and chicken; wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish; fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables; peanuts, pecans, and macadamia nuts; and ginseng. COOL is administered by the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service.
History: This program was created with the 2002 Farm Bill, and was expanded to fish and shellfish in 2005, and produce and nuts in the 2008 Farm Bill. Mexico and Canada challenged COOL with the World Trade Organization, and the USDA addressed the WTO's findings on May 24, 2013. The 2014 Farm Bill required the USDA to perform an economic analysis of the 5/24/13 final rule.
For More Information, Visit These Sites:
The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service Program Page
COOL regulations in the Federal Registrar (Vol. 78, No. 101. 5/24/13)
World Trade Organization
Agricultural Marketing Resource Center
Country of Origin Labeling.org
Food Safety News
National Grocers Association
 

Animal Health Protection Act (AHPA) &

National Animal Health Laboratory Network

Purpose: The AHPA aims to prevent, detect, control, and eradicate diseases and pests to protect animal health, as well as response to bioterrorist threats. The Laboratory Network is to develop and enhance national veterinary diagnostic capabilities, with emphasis on surveillance planning, vulnerability analysis and technology development and validation. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture administer the Network along with American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians.
Funding: $15 million to be appropriated annually through FY 2018.
History: The AHPA was created in the 2002 Farm Bill, while the Laboratory Network is created with this act.
For More Information, Visit These Sites:
The National Animal Health Laboratory Network Website
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's NAHLN Page
American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

Feral Swine Eradication Pilot Program

Purpose: A pilot program that will study the nature and extent of damage caused by feral swine; methods to eradicate or control feral swine; and methods to restore damage caused by feral swine. The program will be administered by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Funding: $2 million to be appropriated annually through FY 2018.
History: Feral swine are currently viewed as a threat to domestic swine and agriculture. 
Orginal Sponsor: Senator Landrieu (D-LA)

Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

Purpose: Provides education and outreach to minority and limited- resource farmers and ranchers. There is the Office of Small Farms and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers which ensures access to all USDA programs for small, beginning, and socially disadvantaged farmers, ranchers and veterans. The USDA is also required to document the number, location, and economic contributions of socially disadvantaged and limited-resource farmers and ranchers. Additionally, there is the Office of Advocacy and Outreach for outreach and oversees the Minority Advisory Committee. The program is administerd by the USDA's Farm Service Agency.
Funding: Mandatory $10 million to be appropriated annually, with an additional $20 million to be available annually through FY 2018 for the programs. $2 million annually appropriated for the Office of Advocy and Outreach, through FY 2018.
History: The program was created in the 2002 Farm Bill, with the offices being created with the 2008 Farm Bill. Allowing veterans to be eligible is authorized with this farm bill.
For More Information, Visit These Sites:
The USDA's Farm Service Agency Program Page (under construction as of 12/15)
The USDA's Website for The Office of Advocacy and Outreach
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Noninsured Crop Assistance Program

Purpose: Provides crop insurance for crops not eligible for the crop insurance program. Crops grown for bioenergy are also eligible. This program is administered by the USDA's Farm Service Agency.
Funding: N/A, though payments to not exceed $125,000 
History: The program was given permanent authority in the 1996 Farm Bill. 
For More Information, Visit These Sites:
The USDA's Farm Service Agency Program Page
Farm Progress

Acer Access and Development Program

Purpose: Provides grants to state and tribal governments to promote the domestic maple syrup industry. Maple sugaring is defined as the collection of sap from any species of trees in the genus Acer for the purpose of boiling to produce food.
Funding: $20 million to be appropriated annually through FY 2018
History: The program is created with the 2014 Farm Bill.
Original Sponsor: Senator Schumer (D-NY)
 

Pima Cotton Trust Fund

Purpose: Provides payments to nationally recognized associations that promote pima cotton use. The program is administered by the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service.
Funding: $16 million to be transfered each calendar year until 2018 from the Commodity Credit Corporation into a trust fund set up with the Treasury of the US.
History: This trust fund is a spinoff of the Cotton Trust Fund, which was created with the 2006 Farm Bill.
2013 Sponsor: Senator Baucus (D-MT)
For More Information, Visit These Sites:
The USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service Page
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

Agriculture Wool Apparel Manufacturers Trust Fund

Purpose: Provides payments to eligible manufacturers that experience loss due to tariffs. The program is administered by the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service.
Funding: $30 million to be transfered each calendar year until 2019 from the Commodity Credit Corporation into a trust fund set up with the Treasury of the US.
History: This trust fund is a spinoff of the Wool Apparel Manufacturers Trust Fund, which was created with the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2004.
Original Sponsor: Senator Baucus (D-MT)

For More Information, Visit These Sites:

The USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

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Disclaimer: This is an aggregated site, meaning most of the information found within is from another publicly available source. The majority of the program information can be found in the Congressional Research Service's "The Farm Bill (P.L. 113-79): Summary and Side-by-Side" report, as well as the program respective USDA page.