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Payment Eligibility
Payment Eligibility Payment Limitations

 
A maximum dollar amount has been established by legislation for each program that can be received annually, directly or indirectly, by each person or legal entity. Such limitations on payments are controlled by direct attribution. Program payments made directly or indirectly to a person are combined with the pro rata interest held in any legal entity that received payment, unless the payments to the legal entity have been reduced by the pro rata share of the person.

 
Program payments made directly to a legal entity are attributed to those persons that have a direct and indirect interest in the legal entity, unless the payments to the legal entity have been reduced by the pro rata share of the person. Payment attribution to a legal entity is tracked through four levels of ownership. If any part to the ownership interest at the fourth level is owned by another legal entity, a reduction in payment will be applied to the payment entity in the amount that represents the indirect interest of the fourth level entity in the payment entity.

 
For the purposes of the direct attribution of payments, ownership interest that a person or legal entity holds in a legal entity on June 1 of the current year is used. Direct attribution of payments is not applicable to cooperative associations of producers. The payments will instead be attributed to the members of the association that produced the commodities marketed by the association on behalf of the members.

 
Current limitations for program payments

 
Program Payment Type
Limitation (In Dollars)2009-2013
Commodity programs
Direct payments on covered commodities except peanuts
40,000/1
Direct payments on peanuts
40,000/1
Counter-cyclical and Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) payments on covered commodities except peanuts
65,000/2
Counter-cyclical and ACRE payments on peanuts
65,000/2
Price support programs
No limits
Conservation programs
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) annual rental payment
50,000
Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) (all contracts for FY 2009-13).
300,000
Cost Conservation Stewardship Program (CSTP) (all contracts for FY 2009-13)
200,000
Grassland Reserve Program(GRP)
50,000
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)
50,000
Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP)
50,000
Disaster and Livestock assistance programs
Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP)
100,000
Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments (SURE) program, Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), Livestock Forage Program (LFP) and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP)
100,000
Tree Assistance Program (TAP)
100,000
Other programs
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)
10,000 /3

 
1. If the person or legal entity has a direct or indirect interest in payments earned on a farm that is in ACRE, this limitation will reflect a 20 percent reduction in direct payments on each farm that is participating in ACRE.

 
2. Under ACRE, this amount will be a combined limitation for counter-cyclical and ACRE payments. If a person or legal entity has a direct or indirect interest in payments earned on a farm participating in ACRE, this limitation will reflect an increase for the amount that the direct payments were reduced.

 
3. TAA payments and counter-cyclical payments received by a person or legal entity for the same program or fiscal year are limited to combined total of $65,000 if counter-cyclical payments are received for covered commodities or peanuts; or a total of $130,000 if counter-cyclical payments are received for both covered commodities and peanuts.

 
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