7 U.S. Code § 8783 - Availability of quality incentive payments for covered oilseed producers
(a) Incentive payments required
Subject to subsection (b) and the availability of appropriations under subsection (h), the Secretary shall use funds made available under subsection (h) to provide quality incentive payments for the production of oilseeds with specialized traits that enhance human health, as determined by the Secretary.
(b) Covered oilseeds
The Secretary shall make payments under this section only for the production of an oilseed variety that has, as determined by the Secretary—
(1) been demonstrated to improve the health profile of the oilseed for use in human consumption by—
(A) reducing or eliminating the need to partially hydrogenate the oil derived from the oilseed for use in human consumption; or
(c) Request for proposals
If funds are made available to carry out this section for a crop year, the Secretary shall issue a request for proposals for payments under this section.
(2) Multiyear proposals
A proponent may submit a multiyear proposal for payments under this section.
(3) Content of proposals
A proposal for payments under this section shall include a description of—
(C) each oilseed variety described in subsection (b) and the value of the oilseed variety as a matter of public policy;
(E) a per bushel or hundredweight amount of incentive payments requested for each year under this section that does not exceed 1/3 of the total premium offered for any year;
(F) the period of time, not to exceed 4 years, during which incentive payments are to be provided to producers; and
(d) Contracts for production
(1) In general
The Secretary shall approve successful proposals submitted under subsection (c) on a timely basis.
(1) In general
If funding provided for a crop year is not fully allocated under the initial request for proposals under subsection (c), the Secretary shall issue additional requests for proposals for subsequent crop years under this section.
(2) Prorated payments
If funding provided for a crop year is less than the amount otherwise approved by the Secretary or for which approval is sought, the Secretary shall prorate the payments or approvals in a manner determined by the Secretary so that the total payments do not exceed the funding level.
(f) Proprietary information
The Secretary shall protect proprietary information provided to the Secretary for the purpose of administering this section.
(g) Program compliance and penalties
The proponent, if approved, shall be required to guarantee that the oilseed on which a payment is made by the Secretary under this section is used for human consumption as described in the proposal, as approved by the Secretary.
If oilseeds on which a payment is made by the Secretary under this section are not actually used for the purpose the payment is made, the proponent shall be required to pay to the Secretary an amount equal to, as determined by the Secretary—
(A) in the case of an inadvertent failure, twice the amount of the payment made by the Secretary under this section to the producer of the oilseeds; and
The Secretary may require such assurances and documentation as may be needed to enforce the guarantee.
(4) Additional penalties
(A) In general
In addition to payments required under paragraph (2), the Secretary may impose penalties on additional persons that use oilseeds the use of which is restricted under this section for a purpose other than the intended use.