USDA provided details in August of the programs to be employed.
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. An
announcement about further payments will be made in the coming
months, if warranted. USDA is currently working to determine how
to address market disruptions for producers of almonds and sweet
The sign-up period for MFP is now open and runs through Jan. 15,
2019, with information and instructions provided at
www.farmers.gov/mfp. MFP provides payments to cotton, corn,
dairy, hog, sorghum, soybean, and wheat producers who have been
significantly impacted by actions of foreign governments
resulting in the loss of traditional exports. Eligible producers
should apply after harvest is complete, as payments will only be
issued once production is reported.
A payment will be issued on 50 percent of the producer’s total
production, multiplied by the MFP rate for a specific commodity.
A second payment period, if warranted, will be determined by the
Market Facilitation Program
Est. Initial Payment**
Initial Payment Rate (in $1,000s)
**Initial payment rate on 50% of production
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MFP payments are limited to a combined $125,000 for
corn, cotton, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat capped per person or
legal entity. MFP payments are also limited to a combined $125,000
for dairy and hog producers. Applicants must also have an average
adjusted gross income for tax years 2014, 2015, and 2016 of less
than $900,000. Applicants must also comply with the provisions of
the Highly Erodible Land and Wetland Conservation regulations.
For more further information or to locate and contact local FSA
offices, interested producers can visit
Please contact your local County FSA Office.
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