The Asparagus Revenue Market Loss Assistance Payment Program (ALAP) is authorized by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill). The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) will provide an allocation of $7.5 million for payments for asparagus marketed as fresh, and $7.5 million for payments for processed asparagus. The sign up period ends on April 8, 2011.
ALAP provides a one-time payment to eligible asparagus producers. Maximum per pound payment rates are $1.06 per pound for fresh market asparagus and $1.08 per pound for asparagus marketed for processing. Payments to asparagus producers will be calculated for each asparagus farm operation based on their 2003 marketed production quantities.
If the total value of payments claimed at the maximum payment rates exceeds available funding, payments will be factored uniformly by the CCC to limit total payments to the funds available. ALAP Program payments to producers will be capped at $100,000 per producer per marketing category (fresh and processed). Producers who have an average gross income (AGI) in excess of $2,500,000 for calendar years 2003 through 2005 will not be eligible for program benefits. Eligible producers must also have produced and marketed asparagus in commercial quantities in commercial markets in the U.S. during both of the 2003 and 2007 crop years. A producer that did not harvest asparagus in 2007 does not meet that eligibility requirement.
For more information on the ALAP Program, contact the nearest Farm Service Agency county office or go online to http://www.fsa.usda.gov.