The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is analyzing the possibility of making cottonseed eligible for subsidies available to other crops, a spokeswoman said on Friday, as cotton farmers, seeking assistance, ramp up lobbying efforts.

* One hundred congressmen from cotton-producing states plan to send a letter to USDA asking for cottonseed, a cotton byproduct, to be eligible for Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC)and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) subsidy programs

* "USDA is currently analyzing the complex legal, programmatic and policy issues associated with declaring cottonseed an oilseed, which would make the crop eligible for additional safety net programs like ARC or PLC," a USDA spokeswoman said.

* Cotton fiber is not eligible for direct payment assistance after Brazil's victory in a World Trade Organization case against U.S. cotton subsidies.