Alaska FSA Environmental Review for Proposed North Pole Construction
USDA Provides Funds to Geographically Disadvantaged Agricultural Producers
Program helps offset transportation costs for farmers and ranchers outside the contiguous U.S.
USDA will issue payments to agricultural producers enrolled in the Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program (RTCP) for fiscal year 2016. USDA will provide $1.9 million nationally to help offset transportation costs for geographically disadvantaged producers.
The 2014 Farm Bill reauthorized the program, which 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 limit per producer per federal fiscal year. The total FY 2016 claims exceeded available funding so payments to recipients will be reduced by a national payment factor of 0.7016257 percent. FSA began making payments April 21, 2017.
Welcome to the Alaska Farm Service Agency Website
Our primary mission at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency is to assist Alaska farmers and ranchers secure the greatest possible benefit from programs administered by FSA such as farm loans, commodity price support, disaster relief, conservation, reimbursable transportation cost payment program (RTCP) or other available resources. The hard-working men and women of Alaska’s FSA county offices are at the forefront of our efforts and remain the primary contact for program participation. We encourage you to speak with the staff at your local FSA office on how we can be of service. Our user friendly web site can help you learn more about FSA programs and services.
Alaska State Farm Service Agency
800 West Evergreen Ave., Suite 216
Palmer, AK 99645
Alaska State Committee members
Michael Schultz, Acting STC Chair
Nathan Soboleff, STC Member
Alaska County Office Committee Structure
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:
Rebecca Hammond, LAA-1
Roger C. Hendry, LAA-2
Robert Green, Chair LAA-3
The Southern Committee members are:
Christine Ford, LAA-1
Abby Ala, 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 provider, employer and lender.
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.