The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will offer pandemic assistance to timber harvesters and loggers starting this month.

The USDA will provide up $200 million in relief to timber harvesting and timber hauling businesses that experienced losses due to COVID-19 restrictions. The funds are a part of the USDA’s Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative.

Logger and truckers can apply for assistance starting July 22 through October 15. The funds are administered by the Farm Service Agency in partnership with the U.S. forest Service.

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, authorized the assistance for the timber industry. Those who experienced a gross revenue loss of 10 percent of more from Jan 1 to Dec 1, 2020 in comparison to Jan 1 through Dec 1 2019 are encouraged to apply.

To be eligible for the payments, applicants must have a timber harvesting or hauling business where 50 percent of its gross revenue is derived from cutting timber, transporting timber or processing wood on-site on forest land.

To find the application for the funds visit farmers.gov/pathh.

Applications can be submitted to the FSA office at any USDA Service Center nationwide. For a list of FSA offices visit farmers.gov/service-locator.

The Plummer FSA office is located at 900 E. Street and can be reached by calling 208-686-1260.

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