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USDA to host session on assistance program for timber industry

The program provides financial relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that experienced losses in 2020 due to COVID-19.

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The Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in Minnesota will have a half-hour informational webinar on the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers program at 6 p.m. Sept. 14.

The program provides financial relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that experienced losses in 2020 due to COVID-19. The goal of the webinar is to provide an overview of the program and instructions on how to apply by the Oct. 15 application deadline. USDA staff will be available to answer questions at the end of the session.

To attend the webinar, go to bit.ly/3mS5v5U . Join by phone by calling: 1-202-650-0123, Conference ID: 685 599 547#.

Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this meeting should contact Daniel Mahoney at 651-602-7710, Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339, or email daniel.mahoney@usda.gov by Sept. 10.

Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers program provides up to $200 million to support timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that experienced a loss of at least 10% gross revenue from Jan. 1 through Dec. 1, 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. Loggers and truckers can apply for assistance through USDA’s Farm Service Agency through Oct. 15, 2021. Individual loggers or truckers, or legal entities, may be eligible for up to $125,000 in financial assistance through this program.

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Farm Service Agency will issue an initial payment of no more than $2,000 shortly after application approval. A final payment will be made after the signup period ends to applicants whose expected total payment exceeds $2,000. The sum of both payments will not exceed $125,000, and USDA may prorate final payments if total calculated payments nationally exceed the $200 million in funding allocated for Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers program. For more details, visit farmers.gov/pandemic-assistance or your local USDA Service Center .

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