Qualified Louisiana shrimp fishermen may receive up to $12,000 in cash benefits and obtain technical training under the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Farmers Program.
This program is designed to help shrimpers in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic adjust to increased competition through training and payments to implement new business strategies.
Individual shrimpers in Louisiana interested in applying for technical training and up to $12,000 in cash benefits must complete and submit a written application to their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) center by September 23, 2010.
To find the Louisiana FSA center nearest you, visit the following link to the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s website and click on the parish where you live. http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=la&agency=fsa 
When applying for TAA benefits, you must provide documentation that you caught or harvested shrimp (i.e. LDWF trip ticket reports) in the 2008 marketing year and during at least one of the three previous marketing years (2005, 2006 or 2007). You may also need to certify that either your production or price per pound declined from previous years. Interested family members or business partners may be listed as an alternate on the application form if you are unable to attend training.
Applications (form FSA 229-1) are available on the FAS Website at: http://www.fas.usda.gov/itp/taa/taaforms.asp .
For more information call your local FSA office or visit www.taaforfarmers.org .