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Funds Available To Colorados Aquaculture Facilities

US - The Colorado Department of Agriculture is inviting licensed aquaculture facilities in Colorado to apply for the 2009 Aquaculture Grant Programme.

The US Department of Agriculture has announced availability of up to $20 million in assistance to administer a 2009 Aquaculture Grant Programme (AGP) which will provide compensation to aquaculture producers for losses associated with high feed input costs during the 2009 calendar year. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency will provide block grants to State Departments of Agriculture that agree to provide assistance to eligible aquaculture producers.

“CDA received word that our 2009 Aquaculture Grant Program Work Plan has been approved by the USDA Farm Service Agency,” said CDA’s State Aquaculture Coordinator, Scott Leach.

“We will send out the applications to all of our licensed aquaculture producers this week. The deadline for returning the application and all supporting documentation will be December 3, 2010.”

CDA will be dispersing up to $53,985 in AGP funds to a possible 50 licensed aquaculture facilities; a prescribed formula will be used to decide how much each eligible producer receives.

Additional information on the Aquaculture Grant Program, including applications and eligibility stipulations, can be found at www.colorado.gov/ag/animals. Look for the Aquaculture Grant Programme links.

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