USDA Launches Second Round of Trade Mitigation Payments
(Washington, D.C., January 22, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that all Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices nationwide will soon reopen to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the lapse in federal funding. Certain FSA offices have been providing limited services for existing loans and tax documents since January 17 and will continue to do so through January 23. Beginning January 24, however, all FSA offices will open and offer a longer list of transactions they will accommodate.
Additionally, Secretary Perdue announced that the deadline to apply for the Market Facilitation Program, which aids farmers harmed by unjustified retaliatory tariffs, has been extended to February 14. The original deadline had been January 15. Other program deadlines may be modified and will be announced as they are addressed.
Read full press release HERE.
How will pig farmers benefit?
Are you a farmer whose commodities have been directly impacted by foreign retaliatory tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional export markets? Below are details regarding the Market Facilitation Program (MFP).
• Direct Payments for Pork Producers and Other Farmers: Sign up begins now at local Farm Service Agency offices throughout the country. To be eligible for payments, individuals must be pig owners, with an adjusted gross income less than $900,000. Payments are capped at $125,000 per person or legal entity. The rate of payment per pig is $8.00. The program applies to animals owned between July 15, 2018 to August 15, 2018 and the initial payment will be 50 percent of inventory. Federal spending is estimated at $4.6 billion.
USDA/FSA has indicated that farmers have several options when applying for the program.
- Farmers must sign-up by January 15, 2019.
- Form CCC-910 is the document to be used to sign-up and report 2018 production.
- The application is available on the following website: www.farmers.gov/MFP and can be submitted in person, by mail (postmarked by 1-15-19), by fax, or scanned and e-mailed. It will also be available at all local FSA Offices (Link to offices)
- Producers may now choose any date between July 15 to Aug. 15 that correctly reflects their actual operation. As a result, livestock only farmers can apply between Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and January 15, 2019. If the producer also has soybeans or other eligible crops, they can either go back and update the CCC-910 or wait and do it all at one time.
- One application per producer – nationwide.
- Production information must be:
- Provided upon request if pulled for a spot check
- Verifiable and reliable
- There are payment caps which are outlined in the document below.
Click HERE for a list of Illinois FSA offices.
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