NB_300_22_19 - NB 300-22-19 LTP - Extension of Authority to Provide Coronavirus Agricultural Relief Payments (CARPs)
NB 300-22-19 LTP - Extension of Authority to Provide Coronavirus Agricultural Relief Payments (CARPs)
National Bulletin: 300-22-19    Date: December 22, 2021  
Subject: LTP – Extension of Authority to Provide Coronavirus Agricultural Relief Payments (CARPs)


Action Required By:   March 31, 2022   
 
Purpose.   To provide an extension for administering CARPs from the previous practice- completion deadline of December 31, 2021, until March 31, 2022, for eligible Environmental Quality Incentives Program contracts.     
 
Expiration Date.   September 30, 2022   
 
Background.   The 2019 Coronavirus Disease has disrupted agricultural output and global supply chains. Over the past year, prices on commodities (e.g., lumber, steel, polyvinyl chloride, and concrete) that are commonly used for NRCS practices and activities have increased dramatically. Recent forecasts show that the prices of commodities are likely to remain higher for months, possibly years. In many cases, these increased material prices have increased contract management activities associated with delayed practice implementation and cancelation requests. For participants who continue to implement their practices within their contracts, the increased material prices have generated additional financial costs that neither the participant nor NRCS anticipated at the time of contract obligation. To reduce the impacts to participants and ensure that contracts can be implemented in a timely manner, NRCS conducted an economic analysis on practices to determine which were most likely to be affected by increases in commodity prices for at least five Farm Bill programs spanning FYs 2015 through 2021.         
 
Explanation.  NRCS is extending the deadline for practices that are eligible for CARPs. The previous practice-completion deadline was December 31, 2021, and the new practice- completion deadline is March 31, 2022. States should provide CARPs to eligible participants for practices completed by March 31, 2022, in accordance with the guidance in the following National Bulletins (NBs):

NB 300-21-54 LTP – Guidance on Handling Contracts Impacted by Price Spikes

NB 300-21-55 LTP – Guidance on Handling GLRI Contracts Impacted by Price Spikes

NB 300-21-57 LTP – Guidance on Handling Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 through 2014 Contracts Impacted by Price Spikes

NB 300-22-11 LTP – Processing Coronavirus Agricultural Relief Payments after October 1, 2021

               

Required Actions
1. Follow the instructions in the previously published CARP NBs, except apply a practice-completion deadline of March 31, 2022.
2. Process CARPs as appropriate.

 

 
Contact.   Direct questions to the FAPD SharePoint Site.     
 
 

 /s/

 JIMMY BRAMBLETT   
 Deputy Chief for Programs   

 
 
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