Story last updated at 5/16/2012 - 12:09 pm
Palmer - Danny Consenstein, Executive Director of USDA's Farm Service Agency in Alaska, announced that Alaskan growers, farmers and ranchers who experience high transportation costs are now receiving payments through funding authorized through the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill).
The Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program for Geographically Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (RTCP) assists farmers and ranchers in Alaska, Hawaii, and other outlying areas.
Soon, 161 Alaskan agricultural producers will be receiving $294,348 to help offset the high cost of farming in Alaska. Payments to individual producers range from $38 to $5,348.
Producers across the state are receiving payments. Farmers, ranchers and growers from Craig, to Bethel, to Kodiak, and Manley Hot Springs are participating in the RTCP program. Some of the agricultural products they are producing include hay, vegetables, oysters, dairy products, grain, livestock and peonies.
For more information about this program, please visit your FSA county offices.
In Palmer, contact Doug Carter, at (907) 761-7772 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In Delta, contact Lloyd Wilhelm, (907) 895-4242 ext. 100, or email@example.com, or www.fsa.usda.gov/ak.
Applications and further information will be available online, or can be mailed or emailed to interested agricultural producers.