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Comments on the Draft Strategic Plan to Enhance Regulatory Efficiency in Aquaculture

By Bob Rheault | 10/04/2021 |

Comments submitted by ECSGA on the Draft Strategic Plan to Enhance Regulatory Efficiency in Aquaculture, a Report issued by the Regulatory Efficiency Task Force of the Subcommittee on Aquaculture, National Science & Technology Council commending the efforts of the federal agencies on the Task Force to reduce U.S. reliance on imported seafood and to streamline and facilitate aquaculture permitting. The association provided three pages of specific recommendations that would help…

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Letter to Congress: Please Address Climate Change

By Ann Kane Rheault | 09/24/2021 |

In this Letter the ECSGA, PCSGA, Shellfish Growers Climate Coalition and Oyster South ask Congress to seriously address climate change in the Fall 2021 infrastructure and reconciliation bills.

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New SBA Portal will Streamline PPP Loan Forgiveness Applications

By Ann Kane Rheault | 08/02/2021 |

The  U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is launching a streamlined application portal to allow borrowers with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $150,000 or less through participating lenders to apply for forgiveness directly through the SBA.      This new change will help rush relief to over 6.5 million of the smallest of small businesses, which has been the SBA Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman’s priority since day one. The new forgiveness platform…

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Watch the January Northeast Aquaculture/ECSGA Virtual Tradeshow

By Ann Kane Rheault | 02/08/2021 |

If you missed it, now’s your chance to experience the NACE/ECSGA virtual trade show. Each vendor gave a 15-minute presentation and the recordings are now available. Vendors included: Atlantic Aquaculture SupplyEast Coast Shellfish Growers Association EPaintFlip FarmFormutechIndustrial NettingIndustrial PlanktonKetcham TrapsMaine Aquaculture AssociationNational Aquaculture AssociationOyster Seed HoldingsOysterGroOyster TrackerReed MaricultureShellevatorThunderbird Plastics

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Growers With 2019 Crop Loss Can Recalculate Baseline for CFAP2

By Ann Kane Rheault | 01/16/2021 |

Growers who experienced a big crop loss in 2019 and were able to collect an indemnity payment through NAP should be able to recalculate their 2019 sales revenue (which was probably low because of the crop loss) and resubmit for a larger Coronavirus Food Assistance Program phase 2 (CFAP2) payout.   https://www.farmers.gov/cfap FSA updated the CFAP 2 payment calculation for aquaculture commodities to account for crop insurance indemnities and payments…

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Apply Before March 31, 2021 for PPP Second Draw Loans

By Ann Kane Rheault | 01/16/2021 |

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. SBA is currently offering: First Draw PPP Loans for first time program participants Second Draw PPP Loans for certain businesses who have previously received a PPP loan The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) now allows certain eligible borrowers that previously received a PPP loan to apply for a Second Draw PPP Loan…

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Apply Before March 31, 2021 for PPP First Draw Loans

By Ann Kane Rheault | 01/16/2021 |

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. SBA is currently offering: First Draw PPP Loans for first time program participants Second Draw PPP Loans beginning January 13, 2021 for certain businesses who have previously received a PPP loan First Draw PPP Loans can be used to help fund payroll costs, including benefits. Funds can also be used to…

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Comments on Army Corps NWP Re-Issuance

By Bob Rheault | 11/16/2020 |

On November 16, 2020 the ECSGA joined with the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association (PCSGA) in submitting a comment letter to the Army Corps of Engineers on our general support for the use of Nationwide Permits (NWPs) for activities, such as shellfish farming, which result in no more than minimal individual and cumulative adverse environmental impacts. The letter made clear that our two organizations believe that several statements and positions…

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USDA Webinar Dec. 11: Aquaculture is Agriculture

By Bob Rheault | 11/06/2020 |

Register for the Dec. 11 Webinar Aquaculture is Agriculture: USDA’s Role in supporting Farmers of Fish, Shellfish and Aquatic Plants here. Advance registration is required. 9:00 am           Welcoming and Opening Remarks 9:30 am           Aquaculture Aligns with the Ag Innovation Agenda and the Science BlueprintPeggy Biga, OCS                     9:50 am           USDA’s Role in Updating the National Aquaculture Development PlanJeffrey Silverstein, ARS 10:10 am         Aquaculture Intersects with AgricultureDan Northrup, Benson Hill…

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USDA Listening Sessions in November

By Bob Rheault | 11/06/2020 |

USDA will be hosting a series of listening sessions providing the U.S. aquaculture industry an opportunity to communicate how USDA can best serve this farming community.  These Deep Dive sessions hosted by various USDA Agencies (see below) across the Department’s eight Mission Areas will be offered November 9 – 30 and will be followed by a December 11 webinar entitled Aquaculture is Agriculture: USDA’s Role in supporting Farmers of Fish,…

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