7 U.S. Code § 1425 - Producer rights and liabilities
(a) Liability for deficiencies
Except as otherwise provided in section 1425a of this title, no producer shall be personally liable for any deficiency arising from the sale of the collateral securing any loan made under authority of this Act unless such loan was obtained through fraudulent representations by the producer. This provision shall not, however, be construed to prevent the Commodity Credit Corporation or the Secretary from requiring producers to assume liability for deficiencies in the grade, quality, or quantity of commodities stored on the farm or delivered by them, for failure properly to care for and preserve commodities, or for failure or refusal to deliver commodities in accordance with the requirements of the program. There is authorized to be included in the terms and conditions of any such nonrecourse loan a provision whereby on and after the maturity of the loan or any extension thereof Commodity Credit Corporation shall have the right to acquire title to the unredeemed collateral without obligation to pay for any market value which such collateral may have in excess of the loan indebtedness.
(b) Sugarcane and sugar beets
The security interests obtained by the Commodity Credit Corporation as a result of the execution of security agreements by the processors of sugarcane and sugar beets shall be superior to all statutory and common law liens on raw cane sugar and refined beet sugar in favor of the producers of sugarcane and sugar beets and all prior recorded and unrecorded liens on the crops of sugarcane and sugar beets from which the sugar was derived. The preceding sentence shall not affect the application of section 1421 (e)(2) of this title.
Source(Oct. 31, 1949, ch. 792, title IV, § 405,63 Stat. 1054; Pub. L. 85–835, title V, § 502,Aug. 28, 1958, 72 Stat. 996; Pub. L. 99–198, title X, § 1004,Dec. 23, 1985, 99 Stat. 1447; Pub. L. 100–460, title VI, § 634(a),Oct. 1, 1988, 102 Stat. 2263; Pub. L. 102–237, title I, § 111(b),Dec. 13, 1991, 105 Stat. 1830.)
References in Text
This Act, referred to in subsec. (a), is act Oct. 31, 1949, ch. 792, 63 Stat. 1051, known as the Agricultural Act of 1949, which is classified principally to this chapter (§ 1421 et seq.). For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 1421 of this title and Tables.
1991—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 102–237amended subsec. (b) generally. Prior to amendment, subsec. (b) read as follows:
“(1) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary may provide a negotiable certificate to any producer who repays, together with interest, a price support loan made available to such producer under any of the annual programs, for wheat, feed grains, upland cotton, or rice established under this Act.
“(2) The amount of such certificates shall be equal to the amount of the interest paid by the producer on such loan.
“(3) Such certificate shall be redeemable in wheat, feed grains, upland cotton, or rice, as the case may be, owned by the Commodity Credit Corporation.
“(4) The issuance of such certificate shall be subject to the availability of commodities owned by the Corporation.”
1988—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 100–460substituted “Except as otherwise provided in section 1425a of this title, no producer” for “No producer”.
1985—Pub. L. 99–198temporarily designated existing provisions as subsec. (a) and added subsec. (b). See Effective and Termination Dates of 1985 Amendment note below.
1958—Pub. L. 85–835authorized the Commodity Credit Corporation to acquire title to agricultural commodities on which nonrecourse price-support loans have been made without the necessity of computing and making payments to the farmer.
Effective Date of 1988 Amendment
Pub. L. 100–460, title VI, § 634(a),Oct. 1, 1988, 102 Stat. 2263, provided that the amendment made by section 634(a) is effective beginning with 1989 crop year for honey.
Effective and Termination Dates of 1985 Amendment
Pub. L. 99–198, title X, § 1004,Dec. 23, 1985, 99 Stat. 1447, provided that the amendment made by section 1004 is effective only for the 1986 through 1990 crops.
Exceptions From Transfer of Functions
Functions of Corporations of Department of Agriculture, boards of directors and officers of such corporations; Advisory Board of Commodity Credit Corporation; and Farm Credit Administration or any agency, officer, or entity of, under, or subject to supervision of said Administration excepted from functions of officers, agencies, and employees transferred to Secretary of Agriculture by 1953 Reorg. Plan No. 2, § 1, effective June 4, 1953, 18 F.R. 3219, 67 Stat. 633, set out as a note under section 2201 of this title.
Inapplicability of Section
Section inapplicable to 2002 through 2007 crops of covered commodities, peanuts, and sugar and inapplicable to milk during period beginning May 13, 2002, through Dec. 31, 2007, see section 7992 (b)(10) of this title.