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· USDA authorized to provide another round of trade aid
· USDA opens sign-up for Market Facilitation Program
USDA authorized to provide another round of trade aid
By Mark Dorenkamp, Brownfield
November 7, 2019
The USDA will provide another round of payments to producers harmed by the trade dispute with China.
Ag Secretary Perdue told reporters Thursday afternoon the Department has received authorization for a second tranche through the Market Facilitation Program.
“We’ll be getting it ready hopefully the end of this month or early December.”
Speaking to Brownfield while in Minneapolis for the Minnesota AgriGrowth Food and Ag Summit, Undersecretary Bill Northey says the USDA could issue one more MFP2 payment early in 2020.
“And we’ll evaluate what the situation is at that time. Hopefully we’ll have a signed agreement with China at that time, and then we’ll see. Whether that’s delayed for those purchases or whether some of those purchases are starting to happen.”
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USDA opens sign-up for Market Facilitation Program
Farmers hurt by tariffs eligible for monetary relief payments
Nov. 7, 2019
Sign-up is ongoing through Dec. 6 for the Market Facilitation Program, a U.S. Department of Agriculture program to assist farmers who continue to suffer damages because of tariffs imposed on agricultural products in response to U.S. tariffs.
Through MFP, the Agriculture Department will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to farmers, part of a broader trade relief package announced in late July.
MFP payments will be made to producers of certain non-specialty and specialty crops as well as dairy and hog producers.
MFP payments will be made to producers of alfalfa hay, barley, canola, corn, crambe, dried beans, dry peas, extra-long staple cotton, flaxseed, lentils, long grain and medium grain rice, millet, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, rapeseed, rye, safflower, sesame seed, small and large chickpeas, sorghum, soybeans, sunflower seed, temperate japonica rice, triticale, upland cotton and wheat.
MFP assistance for 2019 crops is based on a single county payment rate multiplied by a farm’s total plantings to the MFP-eligible crops in aggregate in 2019. Those per acre payments are not dependent on which of those crops are planted in 2019. A producer’s total payment-eligible plantings cannot exceed total 2018 plantings.
Dairy and hogs
Dairy producers who were in business as of June 1, will receive a per hundredweight payment on production history, and hog producers will receive a payment based on the number of live hogs owned on a day selected by the producer between April 1 and May 15.
MFP payments will also be made to producers of almonds, cranberries, cultivated ginseng, fresh grapes, fresh sweet cherries, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, and walnuts. Each specialty crop will receive a payment based on 2019 acres of fruit- or nut-bearing plants, or in the case of ginseng, based on harvested acres in 2019.
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