AUGUSTA — Maine will be receiving $87,241 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of a $20 million program to provide economic assistance for aquaculture producers who experienced high feed input costs in the 2009 calendar year.

According to a news release, the block grant from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency will be given to the Maine Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Resources.

Similar to the 2008 program, eligible aquaculture producers must have 2009 feed costs that represented at least 25 percent of the producer’s total input costs and must have also experienced at least a 25-percent increase of feed costs above the state’s five-year average costs.

The deadline is Sept. 1.

From staff reports