Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified
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[September 02, 2018]
USDA is taking action to assist farmers in
response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign
nations. As announced last month, USDA will authorize up to $12
billion in programs, consistent with our World Trade Organization
These programs will assist agricultural producers to meet the
costs of disrupted markets:
USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will
administer the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to provide
payments to corn, cotton, dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and
wheat producers starting Sept. 4, 2018. An announcement
about further payments will be made in the coming months, if
USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)
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 (FNS) will distribute these commodities through
nutrition assistance programs such as The Emergency Food
Assistance Program (TEFAP) and child nutrition programs.
Through the Foreign Agricultural Service’s
(FAS) Agricultural Trade Promotion Program (ATP), $200
million will be made available to develop foreign markets
for U.S. agricultural products. The program will help U.S.
agricultural exporters identify and access new markets and
help mitigate the adverse effects of other countries’
The Market Facilitation Program is established under the
statutory authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC)
and administered by FSA.
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For each commodity covered, the payment rate will be
dependent upon the severity of the trade disruption and the period
of adjustment to new trade patterns, based on each producer’s actual
Interested producers can apply after harvest is 100
percent complete and they can report their total 2018 production.
Beginning Sept. 4 of this year, Market Facilitation Program
applications will be available online at
Producers will also be able to submit their applications in person,
by email, fax or by mail.
For detailed information, including initial payment rates and to
view U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s video message on
the Market Facilitation Program read the full USDA press release.
Please contact your local County FSA Office.
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