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Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers

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Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.



The Administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has denied a petition (No. 2011032) for trade adjustment assistance (TAA) for blueberries filed under the fiscal year (FY) 2011 program by three producers on behalf of blueberry producers in New Hampshire. The petition was accepted for review by USDA on August 13, 2010.

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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 like or directly competitive articles, 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 Program Review Committee, comprised of representatives from USDA's Office of the Chief Economist, Farm Service Agency, Agricultural Marketing Service, and FAS. After a review, the Administrator determined that the petition was unable to demonstrate the ‘greater than 15-percent decline’ criterion, because it showed a 26.4-percent increase in production quantity for 2009, instead of the required decrease, when compared to the previous 3-year period.

Because the petition was unable to meet the ‘greater than 15-percent decline’ criterion, the Administrator was not able to certify it, making blueberry producers in New Hampshire ineligible for trade adjustment assistance in FY 2011.

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Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers Program Staff, Office of Trade Programs, FAS, USDA, at (202) 720-0638, or (202) 690-0633, or by e-mail at:, or visit the TAA for Farmers' Web site at:​itp/​taa.

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Dated: October 6, 2010.

Susanne Hale,

Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.

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[FR Doc. 2010-26008 Filed 10-14-10; 8:45 am]