Federal Register: August 15, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 158)
DOCID: FR Doc 01-20451
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Federal Crop Insurance Corporation
CFR Citation: 7 CFR Part 457
ACTION: Crop insurance regulations:
DOCUMENT ACTION: Final rule.
Common Crop Insurance Regulations; Forage Seeding Crop Provisions
EFFECTIVE DATES: This rule is effective September 14, 2001.
The Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) finalizes crop provisions for the insurance of Forage Seeding. The intended effect of this action is to provide policy changes to better meet the needs of the insured. The changes will be effective for the 2003 and subsequent crop years.
Forage seeding crop,
Executive Order 12866
This rule has been determined to be exempt for the purpose of Executive Order 12866 and, therefore, has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995
Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the collections of information in this rule have been approved by the OMB under control number 05630053 through July 31, 2001. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995
Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (UMRA) establishes requirements for Federal agencies to assess the effects of their regulatory actions on State, local, and tribal governments and the private sector. This rule contains no Federal mandates (under the regulatory provisions of title II of the UMRA) for State, local, and tribal governments or the private sector. Therefore, this rule is not subject to the requirements of sections 202 and 205 of the UMRA. Executive Order 13132
The policy contained in this rule does not have any substantial direct effect on states, on the relationship between the national government and the states, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. Nor does this rule impose substantial direct compliance costs on state and local governments. Therefore, consultation with the states is not required. Regulatory Flexibility Act
This regulation will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Additionally, the regulation does not require any more action on the part of small entities than is required on the part of large entities. The amount of work required by insurance companies will not increase because the information must already be collected under the present policy. No additional work is required as a result of this action on the part of either the insured or the insurance companies. Therefore, this action is determined to be exempt from the provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 605), and no Regulatory Flexibility Analysis was prepared.
Federal Assistance Program
This program is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under No. 10.450.
Executive Order 12372
This program is not subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372 which requires intergovernmental consultation with state and local officials. See the Notice related to 7 CFR part 3015, subpart V, published at 48 FR 29115, June 24, 1983.
Executive Order 12988
This rule has been reviewed in accordance with Executive Order 12988 on civil justice reform. The provisions of this rule will not have retroactive effect. The provisions of this rule will preempt state and local laws to the extent such state and local laws are inconsistent herewith. The administrative appeal provisions published at 7 CFR part 11 must be exhausted before any action for judicial review of any determination made by FCIC may be brought.
This action is not expected to have a significant economic impact on the quality of the human environment, health, and safety. Therefore, neither an Environmental Assessment nor an Environmental Impact Statement is needed.
On Monday, September 25, 2000, FCIC published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register at 65 FR 5756257564 to revise 7 CFR Sec. 457.151, Forage seeding crop insurance provisions, effective for the 2002 and succeeding crop years.
Following publication of the proposed rule on September 25, 2000, the public was afforded 30 days to submit written comments and opinions. No comments were received.
FCIC has made the following changes to the Forage Seeding Crop Provisions:
1. Section 1Added a definition for ``Sales closing date.'' This definition was published in a previous final rule, dated December 10, 1997, but was not included in the Forage Seeding Crop Provisions when they were published for the 1999 crop year.
2. Section 13 corrected section references from section 12 to section 13 and changed the placement of the settlement of claim example within section 13 of the crop provisions.
List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 457
Crop insurance, Forage seeding, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.
Accordingly, as set forth in the preamble, the Federal Crop Insurance
Corporation amends the Common Crop Insurance Regulations as contained in (7 CFR 457.8) by amending 7 CFR 457.151, for the 2003 and succeeding crop years, to read as follows:
PART 457COMMON CROP INSURANCE REGULATIONS
1. The authority citation for 7 CFR part 457 continues to read as follows:
Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1506(1), 1506(p).
2. Amend Sec. 457.151 as follows:
a. Revise the heading and introductory text;
b. Add definition for ``Sales closing date'' to section 1 of the crop provisions.
c. Revise section 4 of the crop provisions.
d. Revise section 5 of the crop provisions.
e. Revise section 9(g) of the crop provisions.
f. Revise section 13 of the crop provisions.
Sec. 457.151 Forage seeding crop insurance provisions.
The Forage Seeding Crop Insurance Provisions for 2003 and succeeding crop years are as follows:
* * * * *
* * * * *
Sales closing dateIn lieu of the definition contained in the
Basic Provisions, a date contained in the Special Provisions by
which an application must be filed and by which you may change your
crop insurance coverage for a crop year. If the Special Provisions
provide a sales closing date for both fall seeded and spring seeded
practices for the insured crop and you plant any insurable fall
seeded acreage, you may not change your crop insurance coverage
after the fall sales closing date for the fall seeded practice. * * * * *
4. Contract Changes.
In accordance with section 4 of the Basic Provisions, the
contract change date is June 30 preceding the cancellation date for
counties with a September 30 cancellation date; November 30
preceding the cancellation date for counties with a March 15
cancellation date; and April 30 preceding the cancellation date for all other counties.
5. Cancellation and Termination Dates.
In accordance with section 2 of the Basic Provisions, the cancellation and termination dates are:
Cancellation and State and county termination dates California, Nevada, New Hampshire.......................
New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont...................... July 31 South Dakota counties for which the Special Provisions September 30 designate both fall and spring final planting dates....
South Dakota counties for which the Special Provisions March 15 designate only a spring final planting date, and all
* * * * *
9. Insurance Period.
* * * * *
(g) The following calendar dates:
(1) During the calendar year following the year of seeding for: (i) Fall planted acreage in all California counties except
Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Shasta and SiskiyouNovember 30;
(ii) Spring planted acreage in Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Shasta and
Siskiyou Counties California, Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and WashingtonApril 14;
(iii) Spring planted acreage in all other statesMay 21; (iv) Fall planted acreage in Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Shasta and Siskiyou Counties California and all other statesOctober 15; (2) During the calendar year of seeding for spring planted acreage in all California counties except Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Shasta and SiskiyouNovember 30.
* * * * *
13. Settlement of Claim.
(a) In the event of loss or damage covered by this policy, we will settle your claim on any unit by:
(1) Multiplying the insured acreage of each type and practice by the amount of insurance for the applicable type and practice; (2) Totaling the results in section 13(a)(1);
(3) Multiplying the total acres with an established stand for the insured acreage of each type and practice in the unit by the amount of insurance for the applicable type and practice;
(4) Totaling the results in section 13(a)(3);
(5) Subtracting the result in section 13(a)(4) from the result in section 13(a)(2); and
(6) Multiplying the result in section 13(a)(5) by your share.
Example: Assume you have 100 percent share in 30 acres of type A forage in the unit, with an amount of insurance of $100.00 per acre. At the time of loss, the following findings are established: 10 acres had a remaining stand of 75 percent or greater. You also have 20 acres of type B forage in the unit, with an amount of insurance of $90.00 per acre. 10 acres had a remaining stand of 75 percent or greater. Your indemnity would be calculated as follows:
1. 30 acres x $100.00 = $3,000 amount of insurance for type A; 20 acres x $90.00 = $1,800 amount of insurance for type B;
2. $3,000 + $1,800 = $4,800 total amount of insurance;
3. 10 acres with 75% stand or greater x $100.00 = $1,000 production to count for type A: 10 acres with 75% stand or greater x $90.00 = $900 production to count for type B;
4. $1,000 + $900 = $1,900 total production to count;
5. $4,800$1,900 = $2,900 loss;
6. $2,900 x 100 percent share = $2,900 indemnity payment. (b) The acres with an established stand will include:
(1) Acreage that has at least 75 percent of a normal stand; (2) Acreage abandoned or put to another use without our prior written consent;
(3) Acreage damaged solely by an uninsured cause; or
(c) The amount of indemnity on any spring planted acreage determined in accordance with section 13(a) will be reduced 50 percent if the stand is less than 75 percent but more than 55 percent of a normal stand.
Signed in Washington, DC, on August 8, 2001.
Acting Manager, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation.
[FR Doc. 0120451 Filed 81401; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 341008P
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Arden Routh, Insurance Management Specialist, Product Development Division, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, United States Department of Agriculture, 6501 Beacon Drive, Kansas City, MO, 64133, telephone (816) 9267730.