U.S. Code of Federal Regulations
Regulations most recently checked for updates: Nov 29, 2023
This part sets forth the manner in which a person may assign a cash payment which is made by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) or the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). Such payments may only be assigned in the manner set forth in this part.
(a)(1) Assignee means any person, including any agency of the Federal Government, to whom an assignment of an FSA or CCC payment is made in accordance with this part.
(2) Assignor means any person who is the recipient of a payment from FSA or CCC who assigns the payment to another person in accordance with this part.
(3) Payment means a cash payment and excludes
(i) Any payment made in accordance with part 1470 of this title;
(i) Price support loan or purchase agreement proceeds; and
(iii) Any payments made in accordance with parts 1487, 1488, 1491, 1492, and 1493 of this title.
(b) The terms defined in parts 719, 1413, 1421 and 1427 shall also be applicable to this part.
Except as otherwise provided in this part or in individual program regulations, contracts and agreements entered into by FSA or CCC, any payment due a person from FSA or CCC may be assigned.
(a)(1) The assignment of any FSA or CCC payment must be made by the execution of Form CCC–36 or Forms CCC–251 and CCC–252. Form CCC–36 is applicable to payments made under programs administered in accordance with 7 CFR parts 701, 704, 1413, 1430, 1468, 1472 and 1475. Such form is also applicable to any other program which is administered by a county ASC committee. Forms CCC–251 and 252 are applicable to all other CCC or FSA programs and contracts.
(2)(i) To be recognized by FSA or CCC, Form CCC–36 must be filed in the county FSA office prior to the time the county committee approves the making of the payment covered by the assignment. To be recognized by FSA or CCC, Forms CCC–251 and 252 must be filed with the FSA or CCC office from which the payment will be made prior to the making of the payment.
(ii) Form CCC–36 or Forms CCC–251 and 252 must be signed by both the assignor and the assignee.
(3) The assignor and the assignee shall promptly notify the appropriate FSA or CCC office of any change affecting the assignment.
(a) The assignee shall be paid the smaller of the amount specified on Form CCC–36 or CCC–251 or the amount of the payment earned under the program or contract covered by the assignment. Any indebtedness owed by the assignor to CCC, FSA, or any other agency of the United States shall be subject to offset.
(b) Any indebtedness owed by the assignor to CCC or FSA shall be offset from any payment which is owed by CCC or FSA without regard to the date of filing of a Form CCC–36 with the applicable FSA or CCC office. Except as provided in paragraph (d) of this section, any indebtedness owed by the assignor to CCC or FSA shall be offset from any payment which is owed by CCC or FSA if such indebtedness was entered on the debt record of the applicable FSA or CCC office prior to the date of the filing of Forms CCC–251 and 252 with the applicable FSA or CCC office.
(c) Any indebtedness owed by the assignor to any agency of the United States other than CCC or FSA which was entered on the debt record of the applicable FSA or CCC office prior to the date of filing of the Form CCC–36 or Forms CCC–251 and 252 with such office shall be offset prior to the making of any payment to the assignee.
(d) Any indebtedness arising under a contract between the assignor and FSA or CCC which is the subject of the assignment shall be offset from the payment prior to the making of any payment to the assignee under such contract without regard to the date of the filing of Form CCC–36 or Forms CCC–251 and 252 with the appropriate FSA or CCC office.
If FSA or CCC has reason to believe that any material misrepresentation was made by the assignor or the assignee in executing Forms CCC–36, CCC–251 or CCC–252, FSA or CCC shall give notice thereof to the assignor and the assignee. If, after investigation and opportunity for the assignor and assignee to be heard, FSA or CCC finds that any material misrepresentation was in fact made, FSA or CCC shall notify the assignor and the assignee of such finding, and void such assignment, and insofar as concerns FSA, CCC or any other agency of the United States, the assignment shall be of no effect.
Neither the United States, the CCC, the Secretary nor any disbursing agent shall be liable in any suit if payment is made to the assignor without regard to the existence of any assignment, and nothing contained herein shall be construed to authorize any suit against the United States, the CCC, the Secretary or any disbursing agent if payment is not made to the assignee, or if payment is made to only one of several assignees.
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