7 CFR 1.309 - Answer and request for hearing.
(b) In the answer, the respondent -
(1) Shall admit or deny each of the allegations of liability made in the complaint;
(2) Shall state any defense upon which the respondent intends to rely;
(4) May state any reasons why the respondent contends the penalty and assessment should be reduced or modified; and
(5) May request a hearing.