Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.
The Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has denied a petition (No. 2010002) for trade adjustment assistance (TAA) for U.S. lobster (Homarus americanus) that was filed by the Maine Lobstermen's Association and accepted for review by USDA on May 3, 2010.End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
To qualify under the program, Subtitle C of Title I of the Trade Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-210) states that petitions must demonstrate, using data for the most recent, full marketing year or full official marketing season, a greater than 15-percent decline in at least one of the following factors: national average price, quantity of production, value of production, or cash receipts.
According to the statute, it is also necessary for the petition to demonstrate that an increase in imports of articles like or directly competitive, during the same marketing period, contributed importantly to the decrease in one of the above factors for the agricultural commodity.
All petitions were analyzed by USDA's Economic Research Service and reviewed by the TAA for Farmers Review Committee, comprised of representatives from USDA's Office of the Chief Economist, Farm Service Agency, Agricultural Marketing Service, and Foreign Agricultural Service. After a review, the Administrator determined that while the petition meets the program's `greater than 15-percent decline' eligibility requirement, import data for the same time period showed a 1.1-percent decrease, rather than the required increase. For this reason, the petition does not meet the regulatory requirements for certification for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers Staff, FAS, USDA, by phone: (202) 720-0638, or (202) 690-0633; or by e-mail: email@example.com; or visit the TAA for Farmers' Web site: http://www.fas.usda.gov/itp/taa.Start Signature
Dated: July 8, 2010.
John D. Brewer,
Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-17351 Filed 7-15-10; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-10-P