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Ameriacan grown asparagus going going gone

Received this email at work, the government looking for American asparagus growers to sell a new give-a-way program to, but there is a much bigger problem, read on….. Catherine

U.S. Asparagus producers eligible for assistance under TAA for Farmers Program – Applications must be submitted to USDA FSA by September 23, 2010

A grower, of any size, who produces asparagus and can meet the USDA TAA for Farmers eligibility requirements (see below), is eligible for an intensive technical assistance training program, professional consultation in the development of a business plan, and a cash payment of up to $12,000 to help implement the plan. It is important for asparagus producers to get word of this program in time for them to apply with the USDA Farm Service Agency by the September 23, 2010 application deadline. 

Information on the Asparagus TAA for Farmers program is available at:

1.    any local USDA Farm Service Agency office

2.    on the web at: http://taaforfarmers.org  or (http://www.fas.usda.gov/itp/taa/taa.asp ), or

3.    by emailing or calling John Nelson at the WSU Western Center for Risk Management Education, jgnelson@wsu.edu, 509-477-2176.

We are hopeful you will forward this information on to any vegetable/asparagus producers that you or your organization may be aware of.

Eligibility Requirements:   Asparagus producers must provide documentation that they produced asparagus in the 2009 marketing year and during at least one of the three previous marketing years (2006, 2007, or 2008). Producers may also need to certify that their production or price declined from previous years.  Interested family members or business partners may be listed as an alternate on the application form if producers are unable to attend training.

More information on TAA for Farmers: TAA for Farmers provides training to help any asparagus producer increase profitability, improve production efficiency, consider marketing opportunities, evaluate alternative enterprises, and in general become more competitive.  TAA will also help participants develop a business plan, evaluate changes to their business, and provide cash payments up to $12,000 to help implement changes.  The training will be developed and provided by Extension Educators, Specialists, and industry experts.  Training will be available on-line and in person-to-person workshop formats.

Asparagus producers have until September 23, 2010 to apply for training and benefits.

John Nelson, TAA Coordinator,Western Center for Risk Management Education

Washington State University Extension

222 N Havana, Spokane WA  99202

509.477.2176, Fax: 509.477.2197, Visit us @ http://westrme.wsu.edu/



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