Federal Register Notices
[Federal Register: March 23, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 56)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Foreign Agricultural Service
Trade Adjustment Assistance
AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.
The Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), approved a petition
for trade adjustment assistance (TAA) that was filed on February 21, 2006, by
the National Grape Cooperative Association representing Michigan Concord juice
grape producers. The certification date is March 15, 2006. Beginning on March
27, 2006, Michigan Concord juice grape producers will be eligible to apply for
fiscal year 2006 benefits during an application period ending June 26, 2006.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Upon investigation, the Administrator determined that
increased imports of grape juice & must, non-concentrated and concentrated
(frozen and not frozen) contributed importantly to a decline in producer prices
of Concord juice grapes in Michigan by 27 percent during August 2004 through
July 2005, when compared with the previous 5-year average.
Eligible producers must apply to the Farm Service Agency for
benefits. After submitting completed applications, producers shall receive
technical assistance provided by the Extension Service at no cost and may
receive an adjustment assistance payment, if certain program criteria are
satisfied. Applicants must obtain the technical assistance from the Extension
Service by September 29, 2006, in order to be eligible for financial payments.
Producers of raw agricultural commodities wishing to learn
more about TAA and how they may apply should contact the Department of
Agriculture at the addresses provided below for General Information.
Producers Certified as Eligible for TAA, Contact: Farm
Service Agency service centers in Michigan.
For General Information About TAA, Contact: Jean-Louis Pajot,
Coordinator, Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers, FAS, USDA, (202) 720–2916,
Dated: March 15, 2006.
Michael W. Yost,
Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service