U.S. Code of Federal Regulations
Regulations most recently checked for updates: Jan 28, 2023
This subpart establishes procedures for developing special working relationships with the Department of Agriculture requested by producers of films for television use. These procedures are designed to guide Department employees and producers of commercial television pictures in entering into such arrangements.
(a) General. It is a basic policy of the Department of Agriculture to make information freely available to the public.
(b) Cooperation with television film producers. The Department recognizes that its people and programs constitute a rich source of materials on public services, often dramatic and interesting for their human values, which are suitable for production of films for television showings. The Department welcomes the interest of television film producers in its activities and maintains an “open door” policy with respect to the availability of factual information to such producers, as it does to representatives of other media. As its resources will permit, the Department will work with producers at their request, to assure technical accuracy of scripts and story treatments.
(c) Special working relationships. In those instances where a producer of films for television seeks special Department participation such as the use of official insignia of the Department, or who request special assistance such as the services of technical advisors, use of Government equipment and similar aids which require a material expenditure of public funds, and where the proposed film will further the public service of the Department, the Department will consider entering into a special working relationship with such producer.
(d) News film reporting exempted. Television and news film reporting of Department activities is not covered by this subpart.
The Director of Information or his designee will be the authority for the approval of special working relationships on the part of the Department of Agriculture and its agencies. The Director or his designee shall not commit the Department to such special arrangements without proper concurrence and coordination with interested agencies and approval by the appropriate Assistant Secretary or Group Director.
The Department and its agencies may lend special assistance on television films when it is clearly evident that public interests are served. Where special assistance is sought, an individual cooperative agreement will be drawn up between the Department with the Director of Information as its agent, and the producer. Details on such assistance as reviewing stories and scripts, loan of material, arrangements for locations, use of official motion picture footage, assignment of technical advisors and similar aids will be covered in the agreement, which shall delineate the general stipulations listed in § 1.75.
In requesting special working arrangements the producer must agree to the following stipulations:
(a) The producer must show that he has legal authority to the literary property concerned.
(b) The producer must show access to a distribution channel recognized by the motion picture or television industry. In lieu of complete distribution plans for a television series, a producer must produce satisfactory evidence of financial responsibility (showing financial resources adequate for the defrayment of costs for the proposed undertaking).
(c) The commercial advertising of any show produced, using oral or written rights granted to the producer, shall not indicate any endorsement, either direct or implied, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture or its agencies, of the sponsor's product.
(d) Commercial sponsorship shall be only by a person, firm, or corporation acceptable under the terms of the 1954 Television Code of the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters, and all subsequent amendments thereto. Political sponsorship shall not be permitted.
(e) That no production costs shall be chargeable to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
(f) That such cooperation will not interfere with the conduct of Department programs.
(g) All damages, losses and personal liability incurred by producer will be his responsibility.
(h) That mutual understanding and agreement will be reached upon story, script and film treatment with the Department before film production is begun.
When the producer agrees to meet the above stipulations to the satisfaction of the Director of Information, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its agencies will be available for consultation on story ideas and give guidance through the services of a technical advisor to insure technical authenticity. Equipment, locations, and personnel will be available to the extent that such availability is concurrent with normal and usual conduct of the operations of the Department. The Department will check and work with the cooperators to arrange shooting schedules in order to avoid interferences with working schedules.
(a) Authority. (1) The Director of Information or his designee will make assignment of priorities for the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a television film company's and/or individual producer's story treatment of the subject matter, but no such priority shall limit use of the subject matter itself.
(2) A priority will be given in writing upon acceptance in writing by the producer of the stipulations in § 1.75(b). The U.S. Department of Agriculture will hold the producer's treatment of the story material in confidence until the producer has made a public release pertaining to the subject.
(b) Time and scope. A priority will be given on the producer's story treatment for an agreed upon period of time. Requests for cooperation with similar or conflicting ideas and backgrounds will be considered only after holder of the first priority has used the agreed upon time to develop the materials.
(1) Details on priorities will be written into the agreements.
(2) The Director of Information will retain the right to cancel priorities when the producer at any stage violates the provisions of the regulations or of a particular agreement, or when public interest is no longer served.
(3) No priority will be canceled until the producer has had an opportunity to appear before the Secretary of Agriculture or his designee.
(a) Preliminary. Prior to the submittal of a script or the rendering of an agreement, assistance may be given by the Department or one of its agencies in outlining story plans, visits to field points, and other incidentals that will assist the producer in determining his course of action.
(b) Request for special working arrangements. Once the decision is made to go ahead with an agreement, either the interested agency or the producer will make a written submission to the Director of Information, requesting that special working arrangements be established.
(1) In submitting scripts prior or subsequent to executing a written agreement under a special working relationship four (4) copies of the completed script shall be submitted to the Director of Information or his designee, along with a statement of specific requirements and the anticipated production schedule.
(2) No script will be used under a special working relationship without the specific approval of the Director of Information.
(3) Upon approval of the script, the agency of the Department concerned with subject matter will endeavor to arrange for the desired assistance with the stipulations of this policy.