Authorizing Statutes

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Authorizing Statutes

What Authorizes FSA and CCC Programs?

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) programs are authorized by provisions in successive Farm Bills, the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (CONACT), the CCC Charter Act, the U.S. Warehouse Act, and numerous other laws. In addition to FSA programs, FSA administers many CCC programs. Links for the authorizing laws are provided below.

The Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill), Public Law 113-79 (2014)

CCC Charter Act, 15 U.S.C. 714 – 714p (1948), as amended

Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (CONACT) Title III of the Agriculture Act of 1961, Public Law 87-128 (1961), as amended

U.S. Warehouse Act (USWA), 7 U.S.C. 241 - 256, (1916), as amended

Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 – Title V – State Mediation Programs, Public Law 100-233 (1988), as amended

Section 32 of the Act of August 24, 1935 (7 U.S.C. 612c) (1935), as amended and Related Laws

Confirmation of the Authority of the Secretary of Agriculture to Collect State Commodity Assessments, Public Law 108-470, 7 U.S.C. 7416a (2004), as amended

Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (2008 Farm Bill), Public Law 110-246 (2008), as amended

Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (2002 Farm Bill), Public Law 107-171 (2002), as amended

Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (1996 Farm Bill), Public law 104-127 (1996), as amended

Food Security Act of 1985 (1985 Farm Bill), Public Law 99–198 (1985), as amended

How can you find other U.S. laws?

Most of the links above are compilations of agricultural laws, which are maintained on the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry website; compilations include the originally enacted law – written by Congress and signed by the President – and are amended, as required, by subsequent laws. Other agricultural law compilations, not included above are also available on-line.

Other U.S. public laws are also available on-line.

When U.S. laws are enacted, they are codified into the U.S. Code, which is also available on-line

How can you find U.S. regulations?

In general, regulations implement laws. FSA and CCC implementing regulations are in 7 CFR parts 700 – 799 and 1400 – 1450.

In addition to the FSA and CCC regulatory changes posted on the FSA website (through the links on the left side of this webpage), you can find published regulatory changes and submit comments on recently published rules and notices with an open comment period on regulations.gov; you can find the current text of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) on the e-CFR webpage.