Enrollment For Cotton Transition Assistance Program Underway

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Enrollment for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) established under the 2014 Farm Bill has officially kicked off and will last until the sign-up deadline on Sept. 30, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini announced last week.

The CTAP and the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) were established by the 2014 Farm Bill.

CTAP provides interim payments to cotton producers in counties where the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX), a new insurance product administered by the Risk Management Agency, is not yet available.

Most cotton-producing counties and cotton producers have STAX available and are not eligible for CTAP.

In Arkansas, however, farmers in Arkansas, Bradley, Clark, Cleveland, Dallas, Franklin, Hempstead, Independence, Lawrence, Sharp, White and Yell counties are eligible for assistance under the new USDA program.

“The Cotton Transition Assistance Program is for farms with former cotton base acres that are physically located in a county where the Stacked Income Protection Plan is unavailable,” said Dolcini. “To help us provide the best service possible, cotton producers are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their local Farm Service Agency office early in the application period.”

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