Thursday, December 9, 2010


The deadline for completing Initial Orientation is approaching quickly and with the upcoming holidays, we encourage all Farmers and Fishermen that applied for TAA for Farmers benefits to log on to and complete the Initial Orientation portion of the program as soon as possible.    There are step-by-step instructions available for download (click HERE).
IF your application to the program was rejected, you should have received a letter from the USDA.  In that letter, the process to appeal the decision (if you wish to appeal) was outlined and is summarized here:

If you wish to appeal this decision, you must file an administrative appeal in writing within 30 calendar days of the date of this letter.  Your appeal letter must include the following:
      • Your name, address, telephone number, and email address (if available);
      • A statement stating why our determination is in error, and any supporting documents;
      •  An original signature and date.
Please mail your appeal letter by certified mail, return receipt requested, through the U.S. Postal Service to the following address: Deputy Administrator, Office of Trade Programs, 1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20024. Also, please note that the U.S. Postal Service postmark on your appeal letter will be used to determine whether your letter was received by the 30-day deadline. If you need additional information pertaining to the appeal process, please contact the TAA for Farmers Program staff at (202) 690-0633.

If you are appealing the decision the regional Risk Management Education Centers STRONGLY encourage you to go ahead and complete Initial Orientation.  The December 22 deadline applies and you must have Initial Orientation completed to continue with the program regardless of the appeal process so if you plan to appeal your decision, please complete the Initial Orientation requirements.

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