Florida Aquaculture Association

PO Box 2974

Riverview, FL 33568   

Telephone: 813-438-FLAA(3522)

E-mail: tiffany@flaa.org

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ELAP provides financial assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions, including blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary. ELAP assistance is provided for losses not covered by other disaster assistance programs authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, such as losses not covered by the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).

USDA FSA Farm Storage Facility Loans

The Farm Storage Facility Loan Program (FSFL) provides low-interest financing so producers can build or upgrade facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include grains, oilseeds, peanuts, pulse crops, hay, honey, renewable biomass commodities, fruits and vegetables, floriculture, hops, maple sap, milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, eggs, meat/poultry (unprocessed), rye and aquaculture. Eligible facility types include grain bins, hay barns, bulk tanks, and facilities for cold storage. Drying and handling and storage equipment is also eligible, including storage and handling trucks. Eligible facilities and equipment may be new or used, permanently affixed or portable.

Ag Sales Tax Exemptions in Florida

Throughout our 75 year history of being Florida’s largest agricultural advocacy organization, the Florida Farm Bureau Federation has worked to secure millions of dollars in sales tax exemptions for agricultural producers and family farms across the state.

To help Farm Bureau members navigate the complexity of Florida’s tax code, we have provided a listing of sales tax exemption certificates for agriculture as of July 1, 2017.

DOT Works to Help American Farmers by Collecting Public Comment

FMCSA announces regulatory guidance to clarify the applicability ofthe "Agricultural commodity" exception in the "Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers" regulations. This regulatory guidance clarifies the exception with regard to: (1) drivers operating unladen vehicles traveling either to pick up an agricultural commodity or returning from a delivery point; (2) drivers engaged in trips beyond 150 air-miles from the source ofthe agricultural commodity; (3) determining the "source" of agricultural commodities under the exemptions; and (4) how the exception applies when agricultural commodities are loaded at multiple sources during a trip. This regulatory guidance is issued to ensure consistent understanding and application ofthe exception by motor carriers and State officials enforcing HOS rules identical to or compatible with FMCSA's requirements.

FY2019 Funding Opportunity from GFSMC

GSFMC has $600,000 to provide grants involving aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico. Proposals are due Sept. 19th.

Saudi Arabia Places Temp Hold on Nile Tilapia

NAA Action Alert: Saudi Arabia Temporailry Bans Nile Tilapia from 3 U.S. States Following Tilapia Lake Virus Outbreak

Filing Deadline for Federal Economic Injury Disaster Loan

July 15th is the deadline for the US SBA federal economic injury disaster loans

FL Tilapia Aquaculture Meeting

FDACS Division of Aquaculture is hosting a FL Tilapia Aquaculture Meeting in Clewiston. Please see the attached agenda for more details. 

Spring 2019 Newsletter

What's new with the FAA? Get news, industry and certification updates here.

Annual Member Meeting Minutes

Here are the minutes from our annual meeting at Harbor Branch.

Regional Oyster Aquaculture Consortia Funding Opportunity

Each Interstate Marine Fisheries Commission is making approximately $850,000 available annually for the funding period of August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2024 (dependent on appropriations). The funding goal is to form Research Consortiums that will focus on oyster genetics, disease, environmental interactions, regulatory challenges and, economic modeling. Additionally, regional partnerships are encouraged to classify and preserve natural genetic variation in oysters.

Deadline: Pre-proposals must be submitted as a single file by e-mail no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, March 15, 2019.

Please see the request for proposals below for complete proposal details, qualifying requirements, and submission instructions.

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