Deadline for Market Facilitation Program applications extended

Jan. 9, 2019 – – Secretary Sonny Perdue has announced, at the request of Congressman Costa and four members of the California delegation, the extension of the deadline for Market Facilitation Program applications. The Almond Alliance worked with Congressman Costa’s office to formalize this request. FSA offices were kept open as long as possible, but closed when funding lapsed due to the partial government shutdown. The January 15th deadline will be extended for a period of time equal to the number of business days FSA offices were closed, once the shutdown ends. Thank you Congressman Costa, Panetta, Harder, Cox, Garamendi, Secretary Perdue & @usdagov.

California Labor Law Update 2019 set for Jan. 28

Jan. 3, 2019 – – Join the Almond Alliance of California and attorney Stacy Henderson, of Terpstra Henderson, A Professional Company, for our 2019 California Labor Law Update. The presentation will provide an overview of new laws and other recent developments which are most likely to impact your operation in 2019, as well as practical advice for implementing the new laws.

Date: January 28, 2019

Time: 9 am—11 am

Location: Event Center at Solid Networks 5686 Pirrone Rd, Salida, CA 95368

RSVP to staff@almondalliance.org or call 209-300-7140.

Farm Service Agency Offices are Closed due to Government Shutdown

Jan. 3, 2019 – -Due to the partial government shutdown, all local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices are closed until further notice; therefore any review of applications under the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) program is on hold. New applications can continue to be submitted through the USDA website, but there is no review until staff comes back to work. The Almond Alliance understands the MFP payments were made through the end of December but believe further payments will be on hold until the shutdown concludes. In terms of industry impact, for almond growers (many of whom have never participated in government direct payment programs) the main disadvantage is that they cannot work with their FSA office to complete the application.

Applications must be submitted by January 15. The Almond Alliance of California is urging USDA to consider extending that deadline in light of the shutdown, thus allowing almond growers to more fully participate in the program.