Transportation Services

The Transportation Services program develops and promotes efficient agriculture transportation systems to help improve farm income, expand exports and meet the needs of rural America.

The program provides technical and administrative direction, coordination, and leadership in the development and
execution of agricultural transportation policies.

Transportation Services provides a basis for Federal-State decision-makers in regulatory, policy and legislative matters in order to assure the transportation needs of rural communities and agriculture.


Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.



Program Accomplishments

It is estimated that 12 research projects, 12 publications, and 25 workshops/conferences, will be completed in fiscal year 2006.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Assistance provided where it is determined that there is a significant regional impact at stake or a significant policy at issue with potentially broad implications.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Any State government, public and private organization and institution, business and industry, or individual may apply for technical assistance or service.

State, trade associations, universities, and nonprofit organizations may be eligible for cooperative agreements.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Producers, processors, and general public.

Credentials/Documentation

None.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

No formal application procedure specified; informal correspondence or personal contact is permissible. Contact Vacant, Director, Transportation and Marketing Division, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

Award Procedures

None.

Deadlines

None.

Authorization

Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1938, 7 U.S.C. 1281 et seq.; Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, 7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.; Agricultural Trade and Assistance Act of 1954, 7 U.S.C. 1427, 1431, 1691, et seq.; Rural Development Act of 1972, 7 U.S.C. 2662, 2663; International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuff Act of 1982; Cooperative Marketing Act of 1926, 7 U.S.C. 291, 292.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

None.

Appeals

None.

Renewals

None.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

None.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

None.

Audits

None.

Records

None.

Financial Information

Account Identification

12-2500-0-1-352.

Obigations

(Advisory Services and Counseling) FY 07 $2,719,000; FY 08 est $2,783,000; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

None.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

None.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

(Vacant), Deputy Administrator, Transportation and Marketing Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA, Washington, DC 20250. Telephone: (202) 690-1305.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

None.



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