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Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment (RTCP)

The Consolidated Appropriation Act 2023 reauthorized the Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program (RTCP) for geographically disadvantaged farmers and livestock producers to reimburse producers for a portion of the cost to transport agricultural commodities or inputs used to produce an agricultural commodity. 

The deadline to enroll in RTCP is Sept. 30, 2024.

About the Program


The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024 authorized $3.5 million for RTCP.

RTCP payments are calculated based on the costs incurred for transportation of agricultural commodities or inputs during a 12-month period, subject to an $8,000 per producer cap per fiscal year. A higher payment cap may be determined if claims for payments do not exceed available funding. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to submit all eligible receipts. If claims for payments exceed the funds available from the program for a fiscal year, payments will be reduced on a pro-rata basis.

Eligible Producers

Producers eligible for RTCP include geographically disadvantaged farmers and ranchers in Hawaii and Alaska or an insular area. This includes farmers and livestock producers from the following areas:

  • Hawaii
  • Alaska
  • Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
  • Guam
  • American Samoa
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Republic of Palau
  • Virgin Island of the United States