MFP Payments Will Go Out, Loan Checks on Hold

January 3, 2019 03:02 PM
County Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices rushed to get Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments processed before a government shutdown closed the offices Friday, according to USDA under secretary Bill Northey.

County Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices rushed to get Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments processed before a government shutdown closed the offices Friday, according to USDA under secretary Bill Northey.

“Generally, if it got in and got through our payment system at FSA, even Friday morning activities, I believe it will be such that it'll get to get to Treasury, get to the Federal Reserve and actually get to the bank account, to the farmers,” Northey told AgriTalk Radio host Chip Flory. “So that's our understanding is that even though the offices are now closed, our process was completed to the point that they will go to the other parts of the federal government and finish that process and they'll go ahead and continue to process and make those payments.”

Payments are only going to producers who applied for MFP and provided production information to FSA by midday on Friday. Applications are now on hold until the government shutdown ends.  That could lead USDA to extend the current deadlines of Jan. 15 to apply for MFP and May 1 to provide production data, according to Northey.

Meanwhile, the government shutdown is causing headaches for some participants of USDA loan programs including the beginning farmer program.

“We may have some folks who are looking to pay off a marketing assistance loan, and because they took out a loan at harvest two or three months ago, they decided they’re going to sell that crop in January and they need to pay off that loan to be able to get clearance to move that crop,” Northey explained. “Again, that can’t happen right now with those offices being closed.”

Northey noted that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) remains open for conservation program signups during the partial government shutdown.

Listen to the full interview with USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey and USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson about the impacts of the government shutdown in the player below:

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Carlinville , IL
1/4/2019 05:37 PM

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1/5/2019 11:40 AM

  Zagnut. I thought I read where Trump stayed in DC waiting to work with Dems on a deal. Pelosi was in Hawaii living large on our tax money. You’re only half right. All we have in DC are overpaid idiots that don’t give a crap about the people that put them there. Years ago when John Sullivan was a senator, he said congress was lucky to be 50% present when issues were voted on. Ironically, we think we should push democracy on other nations? Why the heck would they want this chaos? We didn’t hear the same crap when zerobama was in there because he was the golden boy of the media. If Melania showed up with $4k boots on, it would be a disaster. It’s fine if Michele does though. If Trump gave Iran billions of dollars like bama did, he would be impeached. Obama used tear gas at the border, no problem. I belong to no party, so I can’t bitch, this is just perspective from looking on. I don’t think I can back someone with a checkered past like Trump, but I sure as hell wouldn’t back a party aligned with the media or someone like dinero that would drop the F bomb at an awards ceremony. Our morals suck in this country.


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