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H.R. 2186: BALE Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 26, 2021 (Introduced).


I

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2186

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 26, 2021

(for himself and Ms. Kelly of Illinois) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture

A BILL

To amend the Agricultural Act of 1961 to modify the limitations applicable to qualified conservation loan guarantees, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Beginning Agriculturalist Lifetime Employment Act of 2021 or the BALE Act of 2021.

2.

Limitations applicable to qualified conservation loan guarantees

(a)

Limitations applicable to loan guarantees

Section 304(e) of the Agricultural Act of 1961 (7 U.S.C. 1924(e)) is amended to read as follows:

(e)

Limitations applicable to loan guarantees

(1)

Percentage of loan guaranteed

The portion of a loan that the Secretary may guarantee under this section shall—

(A)

depend on the principal amount of the loan; and

(B)

except as provided in paragraph (2), may not exceed the percentage specified for that principal amount in the following table:

Principal Amount
More Than
Principal Amount
Equal To Or
Less Than
Maximum
Percent
$0$3,000,00090%
$3,000,000$3,100,00089%
$3,100,000 $3,200,00088%
$3,200,000 $3,300,00087%
$3,300,000 $3,400,00086%
$3,400,000$3,500,00085%
$3,500,000 $3,600,00084%
$3,600,000 $3,700,00083%
$3,700,000 $3,800,00082%
$3,800,000 $3,900,00081%
$3,900,000$4,000,00080%.
(2)

Exception for certain producers

In the case of a loan to a producer that is a qualified beginning farmer or rancher or a socially disadvantaged farmer or rancher (as the term is defined in section 355(e)), the portion of the loan the Secretary may guarantee under this paragraph may not exceed the percentage specified for the principal amount of the loan in the following table:

Principal Amount
More Than
Principal Amount
Equal To Or
Less Than
Maximum
Percent
$0$3,000,00095%
$3,000,000$3,100,00094%
$3,100,000 $3,200,00093%
$3,200,000 $3,300,00092%
$3,300,000 $3,400,00091%
$3,400,000$3,500,00090%
$3,500,000 $3,600,00089%
$3,600,000 $3,700,00088%
$3,700,000 $3,800,00087%
$3,800,000 $3,900,00086%
$3,900,000$4,000,00085%.
(3)

Maximum amount

The Secretary may not guarantee a loan under this section in an amount that exceeds $4,000,000.

(4)

Annual inflation adjustment

The Secretary shall annually adjust the dollar figures under paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) to reflect the change in the Prices Paid By Farmers Index (as compiled by the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the Department of Agriculture).

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(b)

Applicability

The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to qualified conservation loans entered into by the Secretary of Agriculture under section 304 of the Agricultural Act of 1961 (7 U.S.C. 1924) on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.