Producers of raw agricultural commodities and fishery products that are determined by the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) administrator to have been adversely affected by imports may apply for technical assistance and cash payments under the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Farmers program. Producers establish eligibility for these program benefits by submitting an application at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) Service Center. The technical assistance is provided in several increments.
Initial Technical Assistance, is a locally scheduled 2 to 4-hour program orientation that explains how the program can help producers improve the yield and marketability of the affected agricultural commodity, determine the feasibility and desirability of substituting one or more alternative agricultural commodities for the commodity adversely affected by import competition, and offer advice and assistance on how to adjust to import competition.
A producer who completes the orientation is eligible to participate in Intensive Technical Assistance, which is a series of workshops on marketing and production strategies, financial and business management, and alternative enterprises and business plan development. This training will prepare producers to develop an initial business plan and a long-term business adjustment plan to improve their competitiveness. Upon FSA’s approval of the initial business plan, the producer is eligible to receive a maximum $4,000 cash payment to implement his or her plan or to further develop a long-term business adjustment plan.
Long-Term Business Adjustment Plan Training provides individual assistance to complete and implement a long-term business plan. Producers that complete a long-term plan are eligible to receive up to an additional $8,000 cash payment.
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Farmers Petition for Certification and Eligibility for a Group of Producers 05-25-10. Commodity representatives or producers use this form to petition the Foreign Agricultural Service to certify a commodity as eligible for TAA benefits.
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) For Farmers Program Application, 08-23-10. Producers use this form to apply for benefits under the TAA for Farmers Program.
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