USDA’s Role in Supporting Farmers
of Fish, Shellfish and Aquatic Plants
The USDA is hosting a webinar Dec. 11th at 9 AM EST. The webinar will raise the visibility of aquaculture within USDA and provide valuable engagement opportunities for farmers interested in USDA programs.
The webinar will feature presentations from USDA leaders; stakeholders representing seaweeds, shellfish, finfish and other sectors of agriculture; and report outs from each of the six Deep Dive sessions that occurred during November. The webinar will be captured as a publication to inform agency leadership and aquafarming community going forward.
If you produce any aquaculture products and want to make sure that you are counted in the 2022 Census of Agriculture and the 2023 Census of Aquaculture, please sign up your operation using this online form: https://www.agcounts.usda.gov/cgi-bin/counts/
As of November 3, 2020, the FDACS Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement is investigating a buyer scam case and further details are not available. Aquaculture businesses who would like information about filing a complaint against a business or who believe fraud is taking place should contact the Division of Aquaculture directly for assistance at (850) 617-7600 or (850) 352-9832 for Spanish speakers.
The FDACS Division of Aquaculture published a monthly newsletter to keep all who subscribe up-to-date in local, state, and national news that is important to aquaculture producers, suppliers, and supporters throughout the state.
NAA Offers Recommendations to
the Biden-Harris Transition Team
The National Aquaculture Association wrote the Biden-Harris Transition team members responsible for the Department of Commerce and US Department of Agriculture on behalf of 3,000 farms located throughout the United States producing aquatic animals and plants for seafood, recreational, ornamental or biological control markets. We offered the following recommendations to produce high-quality, nutritious seafood, rebalance trade, and increase employment, support rural inland and coastal communities. And we offered the Biden-Harris Transition our services to provide additional information or arrange farm tours to see US aquaculture in-action.
The Aquaculture Review Council (ARC) and the Division of Aquaculture develops this plan annually for the purposes of creating new technologies, improved farm productivity, increased farm income and employment and other economic and environmental benefits to the state of Florida.
The AskUSDA Contact Center will serve as the “one front door” for phone, chat, and web inquires, transforming how the public interacts with the Department. AskUSDA also offers over five thousand articles on , providing a self-service option to address the most common issues and questions.
CFAP 2 will provide up to $14 billion to eligible producers of certain row crops, livestock, dairy, specialty crops, aquaculture and more. All eligible commodities, payment rates and calculations can be found on farmers.gov/cfap. CFAP 2 is a separate program from the first iteration of the program (CFAP 1) and interested producers must complete a new application to be eligible for payment for CFAP 2.
U.S. Aquaculture: Economic Recovery
The U.S. Aquaculture Society (USAS) has posted a recording of the recent virtual conference entitled, U.S. Aquaculture: Economic Recovery Through Aquaculture, that occurred on October 1, 2020. Topics included: Status of the National Aquaculture Development Plan, Aquaculture Development Plans from Other Countries, Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic on the U.S. Aquaculture Industry, and U.S. Aquaculture: Opportunities and Conditions for Continued Growth,