Department of Agriculture

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CT Weekly Agricultural Report
   
 
SENIOR FMNP 2 MILLION SERIES CHECKS NOT VALID
 

Due to the lack of a state budget being enacted by the General Assembly by July 1, 2017, funding for SFMNP has been effectively eliminated.

 

Farmers should immediately stop accepting Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) checks for produce and honey, because you cannot be compensated for the transaction at this time. 

 

The affected SFMNP checks are “2 million series” numbered 2000001 through 2200000.

 

Farmers also may be presented with SFMNP “3 million series” checks numbered 3000001 through 3006000. Farmers receiving these checks can accept them in exchange for produce or honey.  This check series is covered under the federal SFMNP, which is fully funded by the USDA.  They are the same color as the 2 million series checks.

                    

The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program checks can also be accepted.  These checks are a pink color with a 1 million series check numbering.

 

If you have collected a 2 million series SFMNP check, please hold onto it and do not attempt to deposit it.  If the checks are able to be deposited in the future, or if anything other changes arise, we will notify you immediately.

 

DO NOT ACCEPT OR DEPOSIT THESE CHECKS

 

{Memo to CT Farmers about SFMNP}
 

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