Farm Service Agency will administer the Market Facilitation Program
Recently, the USDA announced it first round of tariff relief. USDA’s Farm Service Agency will administer the Market Facilitation Program, or MFP, to provide payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers. This process began on September 4. An announcement about further payments will be made in the coming months, if necessary.
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service will administer a Food Purchase and Distribution Program to purchase up to $1.2 billion in commodities unfairly targeted by unjustified retaliation. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service will distribute these commodities through nutrition assistance programs such as The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) and child nutrition programs.
Sign-up for the payments began September 4, at county Farm Service Agency offices. Eligible participants must have an ownership interest in the commodity, be actively engaged in farming and have an average adjusted gross income for years 2014, 2015 and 2016 of less than $900,000.
To contact your local county Farm Service Agency in Stearns County, call 320-251-7800 ext. 2; Benton FSA: 320-968-5300; or Morrison FSA: 320-632-5477 ext. 2.