FSA To Start Processing MFP Payments as Shutdown Deadline Looms

December 20, 2018 04:10 PM
USDA officials confirmed on Thursday that county offices would begin processing Market Facilitation Program payments on Friday, Dec. 21.

USDA officials confirmed on Thursday that county offices would begin processing Market Facilitation Program payments on Friday, Dec. 21. While it will take several days for farmers to receive payments once they’ve been processed, this is welcome news for many farmers who have been watching anxiously to see if and when the second round of tariff relief payments would come. 

President Trump authorized the second round of payments on Dec. 17, but many farmers were concerned whether checks would be processed before a potential government shutdown Friday night. Nine cabinet departments, including USDA, will run out of funding at midnight Friday if Congress does not pass a funding bill or continuing resolution, causing USDA Farm Service Agency offices to close. 

Upon the announcement of the second tranche of payments, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the following: 

“The President reaffirmed his support for American farmers and ranchers and made good on his promise, authorizing the second round of payments to be made in short order. While there have been positive movements on the trade front, American farmers are continuing to experience losses due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.  This assistance will help with short-term cash flow issues as we move into the new year.”

Through this round of aid, farmers are being paid for the second half of their 2018 production at the same rate as the first round of payments.


First and Second Payment Rate

Est. Total Payment**

(in $1,000s)

Almonds (shelled)

$0.03 / lb.



$0.06 / lb.



$0.01 / bu.


Dairy (milk)

$0.12 / cwt.


Pork (hogs)

$8.00 / head



$1.65 / bu.



$0.86 / bu.


Sweet Cherries (fresh)

$0.16 / lb.



$0.14 / bu.





** Total payment rate on 100% of production


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Spell Check

Senior PA Dairy Farmer
Westfield, PA
12/21/2018 10:30 AM

  Much ado about nothing. Dairy farmer "losses" from the irrelevant "tariff" are a drop in the bucket compared to the BILLIONS and BILLIONS of dollars dairy farmers lose every year from the defective "Federal Order Reform component pricing" minimum milk pricing FORMULA Capper-Volstead dairy co-ops "block-voted" onto the backs of indigent dairy farmers in 2000, preventing dairy farmers from covering their cost of production, leading to massive income losses for dairy farmers over the past 18 years while retaining processors' "make allowances" ripped out of farmer milk checks to cover dairy manufacturers' cost to produce dairy products. Nice work if you can get it, dairy processors! How stupid do you think dairy farmers are? The "tariff" has nothing to do with why we have already lost 90% of our vital traditional local family dairy farmers! The rural Depression happening right now in dairy farming communities is from bad federal milk PRICING policies to push all things "Free Trade." In the meantime, since the 2000 "Order Reform" was passed into law, thanks to Congress's 1996 "Farm" Bill (FREEDOM TO FAIL!!!), dairy farmers have been plunged into unprecedented financial losses that led to all sorts of federal milk income loss offset schemes like MILC, MPP, MPP-2, tariff payments, and now the latest insurance scam in the 2018 joke of a "Farm" Bill. Respect the Constitution---allow the farmer to get paid what it costs to produce milk or the government should get out of milk pricing. The feds are doing a rotten job for the REAL dairy farmers while they turn over all milk value to the co-op/processing/retail sectors. Even NMPF admitted at the House Ag Committee hearing in 5/16 that, in just 2015, after the anti-dairy farmer 2014 "Farm" Bill was passed, US dairy farmers lost $20 Billion in 2015 alone with losses to dairy farmers in 2016, '17, and '18 also running in the 2-digit BILLIONS! Corrupt federal dairy policies are the problem facing dairy farmers NOT TRUMP'S TARIFFS!


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