Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 100 Part 4.djvu/636
100 STAT. 3341-31
PUBLIC LAW 99-591—OCT. 30, 1986 EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE TO AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS
As authorized by existing law, and within the funding levels provided by this Act, for disasters occurring in 1986, the Secretary of Agriculture shall, in the case of any farmer or rancher suffering a major loss from such disaster, direct the Administrator of the Farmers Home Administration to, under such rules and regulations as the Secretary may determine as long as the objective of enabling farmers to stay in business is carried out: (1) Refinance existing debt at the lowest allowable interest rate and such term as will give the borrower a reasonable chance to repay; ' (2) Provide loans for financing 1987 crop production; (3) Stretch out loan payments over a period of years, and base such payments on regaining our normal fair share of world markets; and (4) Coordinate disaster assistance programs with the Administrator of the Small Business Administration to assure that all individuals affected by natural disaster are provided with the appropriate financial assistance. (B) Within the funds made available by this section, the Secretary of Agriculture shall: (a)(1) As soon as practicable, but not later than forty-five days after the date of application by an eligible producer, make available to eligible producers for losses of production due to drought, excessive heat, floods, hail or excessive moisture in 1986 payments determined in accordance with this subsection. (2) An eligible producer shall be a producer of the 1986 crop of wheat, feed grains, upland cotton, rice, soybeans, sugar beets, sugar cane or peanuts who— (A) is eligible to receive price support under section 107D, 105C, 103A, lOlA, 201 or 108B of the Agricultural Act of 1949 (7 U.S.C. 1445b-3, 1444e, 1444-1, 1446, or 1445c-2); and (B) is in a county in which producers are eligible to receive disaster emergency loans under section 321 of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (7 U.S.C. 1961) as the result of drought, excessive heat, floods, hail or excessive moisture I which occurred in 1986. ' (3) Payments made available to each eligible producer shall not exceed $100,000 for all crops (without regard to other limitations in farm program payments) and shall be determined for each crop of such commodities by multiplying— (A) the payment rate; by (B) the loss of production of the eligible producer. (4)(A) Except for sugar beets and sugar cane, the payment rate shall be equal to the level of price support established for the crop of the commodity for the farm. (B) For purposes of determining the payment rate for sugar beets and sugar cane, the Secretary shall establish a payment rate which is fair and reasonable in relation to the level of price support which is established for the 1986 crop of sugar beets and sugar cane. (5)(A) The loss of production of the eligible producer shall be the quantity of wheat, feed grains, cotton, rice, soybeans, sugar beets and sugar cane or peanuts that eligible producers on a farm are unable to harvest due to reduced yields or are prevented from planting to such commodity or other nonconserving crops due to drought, excessive heat, floods, hail or excessive moisture in 1986.