7 CFR 718.9 - Signature requirements.

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§ 718.9 Signature requirements.

(a) When a program authorized by this chapter or chapter XIV of this title requires the signature of a producer, landowner, landlord, or tenant, then a spouse may sign all such FSA or CCC documents on behalf of the other spouse, except as otherwise specified in this section, unless such other spouse has provided written notification to FSA and CCC that such action is not authorized. The notification must be provided to FSA for each farm.

(b) A spouse may not sign a document on behalf of the other spouse with respect to:

(1) Program document required to be executed in accordance with part 3 of this title;

(2) Easements entered into under part 1410 of this title;

(3) Power of attorney;

(4) Such other program documents as determined by FSA or CCC.

(c) An individual; duly authorized officer of a corporation; duly authorized partner of a partnership; executor or administrator of an estate; trustee of a trust; guardian; or conservator may delegate to another the authority to act on their behalf with respect to FSA and CCC programs administered by USDA service center agencies by execution of a Power of Attorney, or such other form as approved by the Deputy Administrator. FSA and CCC may, at their discretion, allow the delegations of authority by other individuals through use of the Power of Attorney or such other form as approved by the Deputy Administrator.

(d) Notwithstanding another provision of this regulation or any other FSA or CCC regulation in this title, a parent may execute documents on behalf of a minor child unless prohibited by a statute or court order.

(e) Notwithstanding any other provision in this title, an authorized agent of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) of the United States Department of Interior may sign as agent for landowners with properties affiliated with or under the management or trust of the BIA. For collection purposes, such payments will be considered as being made to the persons who are the beneficiaries of the payment or may, alternatively, be considered as an obligation of all persons on the farm in general. In the event of a need for a refund or other claim may be collected, among other means, by other monies due such persons or the farm.

(f) Documents that were previously acted on and approved by the FSA county office or county committee will not subsequently be determined inadequate or invalid because of the lack of signature authority of any person signing the document on behalf of the applicant or any other individual, entity, general partnership, or joint venture, unless the person signing the program document knowingly and willfully falsified the evidence of signature authority or a signature. However, FSA may require affirmation of the document by those parties deemed appropriate for an affirmation, as determined by the Deputy Administrator. Nothing in this paragraph relieves participants of any other program requirements.

[68 FR 16172, Apr. 3, 2003; 69 FR 250, Jan. 5, 2004, as amended at 80 FR 41995, July 16, 2015]

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United States Code
U.S. Code: Title 7 - AGRICULTURE

§ 1311 to 1314–1 - Repealed. Pub. L. 108–357, title VI, § 611(a), Oct. 22, 2004, 118 Stat. 1522

§ 1314a - Repealed. Pub. L. 90–51, § 2, July 7, 1967, 81 Stat. 121

§ 1314b to 1314j - Repealed. Pub. L. 108–357, title VI, § 611(a), Oct. 22, 2004, 118 Stat. 1522

§ 1315 - Repealed. Pub. L. 108–357, title VI, § 611(o), Oct. 22, 2004, 118 Stat. 1523

§ 1316 - Repealed. Pub. L. 108–357, title VI, § 611(p), Oct. 22, 2004, 118 Stat. 1523

§ 1501 - Short title and application of other provisions

§ 1502 - Purpose; definitions; protection of information; relation to other laws

§ 1503 - Federal Crop Insurance Corporation; creation; offices

§ 1504 - Capital stock of Corporation

§ 1504a - Capitalization of Corporation

§ 1505 - Management of Corporation

§ 1506 - General powers

§ 1506a, 1506b - Omitted

§ 1507 - Personnel of Corporation

§ 1508 - Crop insurance

§ 1508a - Double insurance and prevented planting

§ 1509 - Exemption of indemnities from levy

§ 1510 - Deposit and investment of funds; Federal Reserve banks as fiscal agents

§ 1511 - Tax exemption

§ 1512 - Corporation as fiscal agent of Government

§ 1513 - Books of account and annual reports of Corporation

§ 1514 - Crimes and offenses

§ 1515 - Program compliance and integrity

§ 1516 - Funding

§ 1517 - Separability

§ 1518 - “Agricultural commodity” defined

§ 1519 - Repealed. Pub. L. 104–127, title I, § 196(j), Apr. 4, 1996, 110 Stat. 950

§ 1520 - Producer eligibility

§ 1521 - Ineligibility for catastrophic risk and noninsured assistance payments

§ 1522 - Research and development

§ 1523 - Pilot programs

§ 1524 - Education and risk management assistance

§ 1921 - Congressional findings

§ 7201 - Short title and purpose

§ 7202 - Definitions

U.S. Code: Title 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE

Title 7 published on 2015-01-01

The following are ALL rules, proposed rules, and notices (chronologically) published in the Federal Register relating to 7 CFR Part 718 after this date.

  • 2015-07-16; vol. 80 # 136 - Thursday, July 16, 2015
    1. 80 FR 41987 - Conservation Reserve Program
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      DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, Commodity Credit Corporation, Farm Service Agency
      Interim rule.
      Effective Date: This rule is effective July 16, 2015. Comment Date: We will consider comments that we receive by September 14, 2015.
      7 CFR Part 718