Technology & Quality Controls

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The Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program for Farmers delivered technical assistance to producers of agricultural commodities and fishermen who have been adversely affected by import competition. The TAA program delivered training to nearly 10,000 producers of Catfish, Asparagus, Maine Wild Blueberries, as well as Shrimp and Lobster fishermen.


You can view any of the free online training courses developed for the TAA program. TAA participants also completed business adjustment plans using AgPlan (, the online business plan writing app; or AgTransitions (, an online transition planning app. Since the end of TAA the AgPlan development team has developed a fishing specific software call FishBizPlan (

Unfortunately, this program has ended because federal funding for the program was cut. If you have questions related to TAA for Farmers, please contact the Center for Farm Financial Management at

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This training segment looks at fishing gear for both pot shrimpers and beam trawlers. Next, technical tweaks for improving fuel economy are reviewed. Onboard freezing technology – very important for improving shrimpers competitiveness - is then examined in some detail, including flash freezing, hold keeping systems and insulation, and generating capacity. The presentation closes with a review of quality control concerns for the various shrimp and prawn product forms.

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