USDA announces details of support package for farmers
Last Thursday August 2, the Kansas Farm Service Agency shared the news that the USDA Market Facilitation Program (MFP) will again be offered in 2019 to assist farmers that continue to suffer as a result of unjustified trade retaliation from foreign nations.
Through MFP, USDA will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to impacted producers, part of a broader trade relief package announced in late July. The sign-up period runs through Dec. 6. Payments will be made in up to three tranches, with the second and third tranches evaluated as market conditions and trade opportunities dictate. If conditions warrant, the second and third tranches will be made in November and early January.
“Our team at USDA reflected on what worked well and gathered feedback on last year’s program to make this one even stronger and more effective for farmers. Our farmers work hard, are the most productive in the world, and we aim to match their enthusiasm and patriotism as we support them,” said Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.
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