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 September 4, 2018.
MFP is established under the statutory authority of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and administered by FSA. 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 production.
Interested producers can apply after harvest is 100 percent complete and they can report their total 2018 production. Beginning September 4th of this year, MFP applications will be available online at www.farmers.gov/mfp. Producers will also be able to submit their MFP applications in person, by email, fax, or by mail.
Eligible applicants must have an ownership interest in the commodity, be actively engaged in farming, and have an average adjusted gross income (AGI) 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. On September 4, 2018, the first MFP payment periods will begin. The second payment period, if warranted, will be determined by the USDA.
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Over the fall of 2014 and earlier this winter, FSA and Extension held a number of MPP-Dairy and ARC/PLC training sessions around the state. If you were unable to make it to a local meeting, or if you would like to revisit the training information provided by FSA and University of Minnesota Extension, an online version of this training is now available.
This training, developed and delivered by Minnesota FSA and University of Minnesota Extension, provides helpful information regarding the program policy behind these programs and the strategies for making decisions that work best for your operation. To view this online training, visit http://farmbill.umn.edu.
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