USDA Freight Reimbursement Program Funding Increase | New

HONOLULU (USDA) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture in Hawaii has opened enrollment for the Transportation Expense Reimbursement Program, or RTCP, which has increased its available funding to $3 million for fiscal year 2022. Enrollment begins July 11 and will continue until September 2.

“Covid-19 has exposed vulnerabilities in our food system, and we are working towards a fairer, more competitive and resilient food system. The RTCP is an essential tool to help American farmers and ranchers offset some of the cost of transporting agricultural products over long distances, which is especially important for growers in Hawaii,” said Shirley Nakamura, Executive Director Acting from the Farm Service Agency or FSA in Hawaii. “This program is part of our commitment to give farmers the tools and resources they need to increase production, lower food prices and feed the world.”

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022 reauthorized RTCP and allows farmers and ranchers in Alaska, Hawaii, and island regions including the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the United States Virgin Islands and Federated States of Micronesia. , Republic of the Marshall Islands and Republic of Palau, to recover all costs of transporting agricultural products or inputs used to produce an agricultural product. Nearly $2 million was paid to 882 producers through the 2021 Freight Reimbursement Program in May 2022.

RTCP payments are calculated based on the costs incurred in transporting agricultural product or inputs over a 12-month period, subject to a cap of $8,000 per producer per fiscal year once $3 million allocated has been reached. If the total transportation cost for payments exceeds available program funds for a fiscal year, payments will be reduced on a pro-rata basis.

Farmers and ranchers interested in participating in the RTCP can obtain applications and other documents by calling toll-free 1-866-794-1079 or by contacting the FSA at their local USDA Service Center.

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