[Federal Register: February 11, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 28)]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Foreign Agricultural Service
Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers
AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA
The Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service
(FAS), today accepted a petition filed by the Potato Growers of Idaho, Inc.,
Blackfoot, Idaho, for trade adjustment assistance. The petitioner represents
producers of fresh potatoes in Idaho. The petitioner has requested a public
hearing to review the merits of the petition, which will be held in Room 5066-S,
South Agricultural Building, Washington,
DC, on March 2, 2005, at 11 a.m. e.t.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The petition maintains
that during September 2003 through July 2004, increasing imports of french fries
contributed importantly to a decline in domestic fresh potato producer prices by
more than 20 percent. To support their contention, the petitioner submitted
price data from the Idaho Agricultural Statistics Office. Having accepted this
petition, the Administrator has 40 days to determine whether or not producers
represented by the petitioner are
eligible for trade adjustment assistance. If the determination is positive, they will be eligible to apply to the Farm Service Agency for technical assistance at no cost and adjustment assistance payments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jean-Louis Pajot, Coordinator, Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers, FAS, USDA, (202) 720-2916, e-mail: email@example.com.
Dated: February 4, 2005.
A. Ellen Terpstra,
Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.