Cotton Loan Forfeiture Charges/Procedures for ELS Cotton

Based on recent discussions with USDA officials, there are important clarifications on the charges or fees a producer is responsible for when warehouse-stored Pima cotton is forfeited to USDA. In general, the calculations on cotton forfeiture charges are the same for both Pima and upland cotton. If Pima cotton is forfeited to USDA, the producer is only responsible for paying the difference in the Cotton Storage Agreement (CSA) storage rate for the warehouse and the USDA storage credit for the time the cotton is under loan, not the full storage costs for the time the cotton is under loan. For anytime the cotton is not under loan, the producer is responsible for paying the full warehouse storage rate.

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