The administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service has denied the petitions for trade adjustment assistance (TAA) for lamb and wool filed by several individual sheep producers this year.
To qualify under the program, petitions must demonstrate (using data for the most recent, full marketing year or full official marketing season) a greater than 15-percent decline in at least one of the following factors: national average price, quantity of production, value of production or cash receipts. It is also necessary for petitions to demonstrate that an increase in imports of like or directly competitive articles, during the same marketing period, contributed importantly to the decrease in one of the above factors for the agricultural commodity.
Neither the petition for lamb nor wool was found to qualify as USDA data failed to show a significant increase in import volumes or in value for the same time period.
Producers from the states of Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Ohio and Kansas filed for assistance for one or both of these commodities.