Danny Consenstein, SED
Alaska State Farm Service Agency
800 West Evergreen Ave., Suite 216
Palmer, AK 99645
Message from the Director
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that beginning July 18, farmers and ranchers residing outside the contiguous continental United States can enroll in the Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program (RTCP) for fiscal year 2016. Applicants must submit their application to their administrative county FSA office by Sept. 9, 2016. Applicants will have until Nov. 4, 2016, to provide supporting documentation.
The 2014 Farm Bill reauthorized the program, which offsets a portion of the costs of transporting agricultural products over long distances. The program allows farmers and ranchers in Alaska, Hawaii and insular areas including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau and the Virgin Islands of the United States to recover transportation costs.
Payments are calculated based on the costs incurred for transportation of the agricultural commodity or inputs, subject to an $8,000 per producer cap per federal fiscal year.
The three-member Northern and Southern County Farm Service Agency committees will meet as announced. A notice will be posted in the monthly State newsletter announcing the next scheduled meeting.
The Northern Committee members are:
McLaren "Mac" Carter, LAA-1
Roger C. Hendry, LAA-2
Robert Green, Chair LAA-3
Rebecca Hammond, SDA
The Southern Committee members are:
Christine Ford, LAA-1
William Hightower, LAA-2
Pam Lewis, Chair LAA-3
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Are you a farmer or rancher who has substantially participated in a farming operation for at least three but no more than 10 years? Or are you a woman or minority-owned agricultural business? If so, you may qualify for beginning farmer or socially disadvantaged targeted loan funds with the Farm Service Agency. The USDA/Farm Service Agency makes both direct and guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans to family-size farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain financing from commercial credit sources. FSA loans can be used to purchase land, livestock, equipment, feed, seed and supplies. The loans can also be used to construct buildings or make farm improvements.
If you believe this program could be of benefit to you, please contact the Farm Service Agency Northern County Office at (907) 895-4242 or call (907) 761-7754 to reach the Southern County Office for more information. FSA loan officials will be happy to arrange an appointment to meet with you and discuss your options.
USDA is an equal opportunity lender and provider.
It is the responsibility of the producer to notify FSA throughout the year of any changes in farming operation or entity status. Please remember to update FSA records if you move or change your mailing address.