Time is running out for catfish farmers and others to sign up for a U.S. Department of Agriculture program offering training, cash benefits and government-funded consultation that might include advice to get out of the business.
The deadline to apply for the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers program is Sept. 23.
The $90 million program aims to help growers hurt by foreign imports.
Asparagus growers and shrimpers in the Gulf and South Atlantic region are also eligible for the TAA this fiscal year.
Dickie Stevens, owner of Consolidated Catfish Producers in Isola, said he doubts the program will have much impact for struggling catfish growers, whose total sales continue to drop each year amid higher feed costs and foreign competition.