For individuals and entities deriving 50% or more of their annual income from cutting, transporting or on-site processing of wood products (such as chipping, grinding, firewood processing), the USDA has recently announced the authorization of up to $200 million in funding specifically aimed at the forest products industry.
As of July 21, 2021, qualifying businesses may apply for Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers (PATHH)
. The program is administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in partnership with the USDA Forest Service.
Businesses that have experienced a gross revenue loss of at least 10% during the period of Jan 1, 2020 to Dec 1, 2020 compared to the same period in 2019 are encouraged to apply.
Payments will be based on the applicant’s gross revenue received from Jan 1, 2019 through Dec 1, 2019, minus the gross revenue received from Jan 1, 2020 through Dec 1, 2020 multiplied by 80%. FSA will issue an initial payment equal to the lesser of the calculated payment amount or $2,000. Second payments will be made after the sign up period has ended, based on remaining PATHH funds. The maximum amount that a person or legal entity may receive directly is $125,000.
Eligible businesses may apply for PATHH
beginning on July 22 by completing form FSA-1118. Additional documentation may be required.
Applications can be submitted to the FSA office at any USDA service center by mail, fax, hand delivery or electronically. Applicants can also call 877-508-8364 to speak directly to a USDA employee.
FSA office locations can be found on their website
Program applications will be accepted between July 22, 2021 and October 15, 2021.