MFP “Glitches” Cause County Level Frustration
by Anna-Lisa Laca, AgWeb
Aug 06, 2019
Software glitches and acreage issues are bringing uncertainty to the 2019 Market Facilitation Program released by the Trump administration last month.
USDA officials acknowledge there are several “glitches” in the software being used in county FSA offices to implement the 2019 MFP, in which $7.25 billion in payments to farmers are expected by the end of the month, according to Pro Farmer’s Jim Wiesemeyer.
He says there are several cases throughout the U.S., largely in southern states, where farmers did not certify their acreage in 2018, which would make them ineligible for the 2019 program.
“In some instances, county FSA offices put farmers’ acreage as ‘idled’ due to workload constraints,” Wiesemeyer says.
Meanwhile, USDA Undersecretary Bill Northey told Pro Farmer on Monday that USDA “is aware of the situation and we are looking into it.”
Typically, farmers have a year to update their acreage certification, but the timing of the MFP 2 program has made such updates a problem.
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