Understanding Financial Assistance Programs for Shellfish Growers:

A workshop on financial assistance programs for oyster growers in the Panhandle is being hosted by the UF/IFAS Shellfish Aquaculture Extension Program. The workshop will be held on Thursday, August 15 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at the FSU Coastal and Marine Lab, 3618 Coastal Highway 98, St. Teresa.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is responsible for the delivery of federal farm programs to help producers manage risks and recover from disasters. The Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program, or NAP, provides financial assistance to growers of non-insurable crops to protect them against natural disasters that result in crop losses. Learn about coverage levels for the 2020 crop year, application deadlines, and new oyster culture policy provisions. Heather Boyd, Agricultural Program Specialist at the FSA state office, and Melissa Rodgers, Director of the Wakulla County FSA office, will be available to answer questions and introduce other FSA programs.

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) helps businesses grow and succeed by providing one-on-one consulting at no charge in areas of startup, business planning, market research, financial management, access to capital and other business-related topics. Mark Yarik is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional with the SBDC. He will present information about financial management and access to capital and how these relate to business startup and expansion.

You can attend remotely! The workshop will be broadcast live via the Zoom app. Follow this link to tune in automatically: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/124352462. When you click the link, it will download the Zoom software (free). Or pre-download Zoom onto your tablet, laptop, or computer—it is user-friendly. You can also download Zoom’s mobile app to tune in via a smartphone.

For more information, contact Leslie Sturmer at 352.543.5057 or Lnst@ufl.edu.

The workshop flyer can be downloaded here.

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