WASHINGTON, May 21, 2010—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the period for accepting petitions under the Fiscal Year 2011 Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Farmers Program. Petitions will be accepted between May 21, 2010, and July 16, 2010.
Launched by USDA in March, the TAA for Farmers Program provides technical assistance and cash benefits to eligible U.S. producers and fishermen of raw agricultural commodities whose crops or catch have been adversely affected by imports of like or directly competitive commodities. The program, which was re-authorized and modified by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is administered by USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, with assistance from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Farm Service Agency, and the University of Minnesota’s National Training Center.
Producers of raw agricultural commodities and fishermen who can show, as a result of increased imports, a greater than 15 percent decrease in the national average price, the quantity of production, the value of production, or in cash receipts, compared to the average of the three preceding marketing years, and that the decline was importantly caused by an increase in imports during the same time period, may be eligible to receive free training and cash benefits. The training includes help in developing business adjustment plans that can serve as a guide for adjusting a producer’s business operations to prevailing economic conditions. The cash benefit includes up to $12,000 for helping them implement their business plans.
Before individual producers can apply for benefits, a group of three or more producers, or their representative, must request that a commodity be certified as eligible. Groups interested in certifying their commodity must submit form FAS-930, Petition for Certification, which is available on the FAS Web site at: www.fas.usda.gov/itp/taa/taaforms.asp. Forms can be sent by fax: (202) 720-0876; or by e-mail: email@example.com; or by U.S. mail: TAA, Foreign Agricultural Service, Stop 1021, USDA, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250-1021; or by courier delivery: TAA, Foreign Agricultural Service, Suite 400, USDA, 1250 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20024. The use of fax or e-mail is preferred.
For more information on the TAA for Farmers Program, visit www.fas.usda.gov/itp/taa or contact the TAA for Farmers Program staff, Office of Trade Programs, at tel. (202) 720-0638, or (202) 690-0633, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Feb. 17, 2009, as an unprecedented effort to jumpstart the U.S. economy in response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression. The Act includes measures to modernize the nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.
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