Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers and Fishermen (TAA)
Alaska Resident Salmon Fishermen Technical Assistance
The deadline for receiving technical assistance training has passed. All Alaska regional TAA workshops and audio conferences have been completed.
- To check the status of your 2003–2004 TAA application, call USDA Alaska Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Palmer at 1-866-872-3320 or direct at 907-761-7754. All application paperwork must have been submitted to FSA–Palmer by September 30, 2004.
- Duplicate workshop attendance certificates: If you have misplaced your technical assistance workshop attendance certificate, copies may be obtained by contacting Washington State University at 1-800-477-4012.
- Updates on 2004–2005 TAA for Alaska salmon fishermen: Check the United Fishermen of Alaska web page for updates on UFA's petition to USDA for 2005 TAA Alaska salmon assistance.
- TAA training benefits: If you are eligible for USDA TAA training benefits, contact your local Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Job Center. See the Alaska Job Center Network web page for locations and contact information.
What is the Technical Assistance Program?
By law, in order to complete a TAA application for salmon fishing income assistance, applicants were required to meet with an extension agent to receive a TAA technical assistance package. Since 2003, more than 4,800 salmon fishermen who have signed up for TAA have taken this training.
Training workshops for 2005 applicants were completed June 15, 2005.
Contact the Alaska Farm Service Agency at 866-872-3320 with payment or eligibility questions.
United Fishermen of Alaska is coordinating an Alaska Salmon TAA petition for 2006. Contact UFA for updates at their website, www.ufa-fish.org, or call 907-586-2820.
More about MAP and TAA
TAA is a federal program designed to aid industries and producers negatively impacted by foreign import competition. MAP provides TAA applicants with resources to better their fishing business competitiveness, information on business loan and marketing grants, as well as information on training and education benefits current available under TAA and other programs.
Downloadable version of the TAA workshop study guide
Business Tools and Resources for Alaska Salmon Harvesters: Assisting Fishermen to Adust to Import Competition. USDA Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Program 2004 Technical Assistance Study Guide. This workbook was used as a study guide for the spring 2005 TAA workshops.