(a) A honey producer may repay a nonrecourse marketing assistance loan during the loan period at a rate that is the lesser of:
(1) The principal, plus interest; or
(2) The alternative repayment rate for honey as determined by the Secretary.
(3) In the event of a severe disruption to marketing, transportation, or related infrastructure, the Secretary may modify the repayment rate otherwise applicable under this section for marketing assistance loans. Any adjustment made to the repayment rate for marketing assistance loans for honey under this part will be in effect on a short-term and temporary basis, as determined by the Secretary.
(b) To the extent practicable, CCC shall determine and announce the alternative repayment rate, based upon the prevailing domestic market price for honey, on a monthly basis.