(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) applauded the announcement made by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that farmers are now able to sign up for the Asparagus Revenue Market Loss Assistance Payment Program (ALAP). The ALAP, which Senator Murray included in the 2008 Farm Bill, provides $15 million in payments to domestic producers of asparagus to compensate for losses that were the result of imports between the 2004 and 2007 crop years. Affected producers may apply for compensation beginning today, February 7. The sign up period ends on April 8, 2011.   

“I’m so glad that the USDA has opened the sign-up period for this critical program that will help asparagus growers get the support they need to maintain a strong and stable industry in Washington state and across the country,” said Senator Murray. “With increased foreign competition and a difficult economy, this long overdue support couldn’t come at a better time for these growers. I encourage all eligible growers to sign up for this program.”

For more information on the ALAP Program, contact the nearest Farm Service Agency county office or go online to