West Virginia apple growers may sign-up for the 2000 Apple Market Loss Assistance Program (AMLAP-II) announced John B. Rader, State Executive Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA). The deadline for application under the AMLAP-II program will be announced at a later date.

"This program offers payments that will help offset economic losses caused by low prices in the U.S. apple market," said Rader.

AMLAP-II will provide about $75 million to eligible growers for their 2000-crop apple production. Growers can receive a payment per pound for their 2000-crop apple production, and they will be paid on a maximum of 5 million pounds per separate apple operation.

To receive cash payments, eligible apple producers must: (1) have produced and harvested apples during the 2000-crop year; (2) not have received compensation from any other federal program, other than crop insurance, for the same market loss; and (3) apply for cash payments during the application period for each apple operation.

For more information about AMLAPII, contact your local USDA Farm Service Agency at 201 E. Main St, Rm. 122, Glenville, WV, telephone 304-462-7171 or visit the USDA FSA website on the Internet at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/default.asp

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