Sep 14, 2010 12:06 PM by Melissa Canone
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Time is running out for catfish farmers
and others to sign up for a U.S. Department of Agriculture program
offering training, cash benefits and government-funded consultation
that might include advice to get out of the business.
The deadline to apply for the Trade Adjustment Assistance for
Farmers program is Sept. 23. The $90 million program aims to help
growers hurt by foreign imports. Asparagus growers and shrimpers in
the Gulf and South Atlantic region are also eligible for the TAA
this fiscal year.
Dickie Stevens, owner of Consolidated Catfish Producers in
Isola, doubts the program will much an impact for struggling
catfish growers, whose total sales continue to drop each year amid
higher feed costs and foreign competition.