WASHINGTON, Nov. 15, 2004 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service today re-certified three petitions for shrimp producers in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Farmers program. These producers are now eligible to apply for TAA benefits.
Under the TAA program, USDA provides technical assistance and cash benefits to farmers and certain fishermen if increasing imports of a like or directly competitive commodity contributed importantly to a decline in producer prices and a loss of net farm or fishing income.
After investigation and analysis, FAS determined that increasing imports of frozen and fresh whole shrimp contributed importantly to a decline in the landed prices of shrimp in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas during 2003 when compared to the applicable 1998-2002 base period.
Shrimpers in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas seeking assistance must apply between Nov. 29, 2004, and Feb. 28, 2005.
Shrimpers who land and market their shrimp in Georgia, North Carolina and Texas may obtain an application for TAA benefits (form FSA-229) from http://forms.sc.egov.usda.gov/ eforms/mainservlet or from their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) service center. They can also check their local phone listings for the closest service center or go to http://fsa.usda.gov and click on "your local office" for contact information. General information about the TAA program can be found on the program’s Web site at http://www.fas.usda.gov/itp/taa/taaindex.htm.
As part of the 2005 TAA program, shrimpers who apply for TAA benefits are eligible for a variety of technical courses at no cost. Applicants who did not receive technical assistance under the fiscal 2004 TAA program must obtain the technical assistance prior to May 31, 2005, in order to be eligible for financial payments. Financial payments will not be made until after applications are certified.