Learning first-hand about conservation

Santa Barbara News-Press by Dave Mason September 15, 2021

Courtesy Photo – The Cultured Abalone Farm is home to three different species of native California Abalone. Haliotis rufescens or red abalone is raised as a food product (left).  Haliotis Fulgens or green abalone (center) and Haliotis sorenseni or white abalone (right) are raised in support of restoration of both species.

Students are getting first-hand experience with sustainable seafood and marine conservation. That’s thanks to a collaboration between The Cultured Abalone Farm, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Select Link

US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency (FSA), will accept new and modified Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency (FSA), will accept new and modified CFAP 2 applications beginning April 5, 2021. 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday the U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin providing additional financial assistance to farmers, ranchers, and producers impacted by COVID-19 market disruptions. Resources for these payments were approved by Congress in fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

The original application period for CFAP 2 was September 21 through December 11, 2020. USDA will reopen CFAP 2 signup for all eligible producers beginning April 5, 2021. A deadline for signup will be announced at a later date. Learn more at farmers.gov/cfap

Aquaculture Eligibility

Aquaculture eligible for CFAP 2 includes: any species of aquatic organisms grown as food for human consumption, fish raised as feed for fish that are consumed by humans, and ornamental fish propagated and reared in an aquatic medium. Eligible aquaculture species must be raised by a commercial operator and in water in a controlled environment. This includes molluscan shellfish and seaweed that was previously covered under the U.S. Department of Commerce program.

Eligible sales only include sales of raw commodities grown by the producer. The portion of sales derived from adding value to the commodity, such as processing and packaging, and from sales of products purchased for resale is not included in the payment calculation.

CFAP 2 payments are available for eligible producers of aquaculture commodities, which are categorized as sales commodities. Payment calculations will use a sales-based approach, where producers of eligible commodities are paid based on five payment gradations associated with their 2019 sales.

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Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for Aquaculture Producers

Aquaculture species raised by commercial operators in water in a controlled environment may be eligible for CFAP 2. This includes molluscan shellfish and seaweed. Learn more at farmers.gov/cfap/aquaculture.

Apply for CFAP 2 by December 11, 2020, through your local USDA Farm Service Agency.

Learn more at farmers.gov/cfap or call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. 

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Research Breakthrough Achieves Fish-Free Aquaculture Feed That Raises Key Standards

November 12, 2020
By Allison Arteaga Soergel

After six years of research, a team of scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz has developed a cost-effective new aquaculture feed that eliminates conventional fish meal and fish oil ingredients while also providing better fish weight gain and higher nutritional value in the filet for humans. The new fish-free feed is the first to demonstrate across-the-board gains in sustainability, performance, economic viability, and human health.

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California Seaweed Festival

The California Seaweed Festival came about from the decades of studying seaweeds, admiring their beauty and learning ways that seaweeds make life better. Many Californians don’t know about the vast kinds of seaweeds that flourish on our coast. With help from California Sea Grant, the first California Seaweed Festival has been organized in 2020, to celebrate all things seaweed in California! For more information, please select: California Seaweed Festival.

Dates will also be listed on our Events page.

Three Categories of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 Payments

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) provides producers with financial assistance that gives them the ability to absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA will accept CFAP 2 applications through December 11, 2020.

There are a wide variety of commodities eligible for CFAP 2 – from alpacas to zucchini. CFAP 2 payments will be made for three categories of commodities – Price Trigger Commodities, Flat-Rate Crops, and Sales Commodities. 

Learn more at farmers.gov/cfap or call 877-508-8364 to speak directly with a USDA employee ready to offer assistance. 

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USDA – What is the Corona Virus Food Assistance Program 2?

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the Corona Virus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2), designed to provide financial assistance to the agriculture Industry, including both freshwater and marine aquaculture.

Aquaculture eligibility for CFAP 2 includes but not limited to: any species of aquatic organisms grown as food for human consumption, species must be raised by a commercial operator and in water in a controlled environment, eligible sales only include sales of raw commodities grown by the producer.

CFAP 2 is accepting applications from September 21, 2020 to December 11, 2020. To learn more general information please select: farmers.gov/cfap.

For Aquaculture specific information and to locate your USDA Local Service Center select: https://www.farmers.gov/cfap/aquaculture.

Think Outside the Box – Starter, Funding, and Ideas

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Are you new to farming because of the pandemic? USDA can help you get started – everything from helping you register your farm to getting financial assistance and advice. 

Our team members, based at USDA Service Centers across the country, are hearing from people who are interested in more space and working the land, and we want to let you know we can help.

For more information select: USDA Link