USDA Extends Market Facilitation Program Certification Deadline

April 29, 2019 11:12 AM
Farmers now have until May 17 to supply paperwork for Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments.

Farmers now have until May 17 to supply paperwork for Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments. USDA over the weekend announced a pushback of the May 1 deadline farmers originally had to submit their 2018 production evidence to FSA in order to receive MFP payments.


“Weather conditions this fall, winter and early spring have blocked many producers from completing harvest of their crops, and we want to make sure producers who want to finalize their MFP application have an opportunity,” Farm Service Agency Administrator Richard Fordyce said in a statement.


Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, revealed the new deadline while in North Dakota this weekend. He also reconfirmed MFP will not be reinstated for 2019 production.


USDA this week also updated their 2018 farm income numbers which now peg 2018 farm income at $69.2 billion. MFP payments made up a large portion of the $3 billion upward adjustment.


“The update indicated that the figures for 2018 reflected the August farm income update from the Economic Research Service (ERS) and did include amounts added for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments for 2018 and 2019,” says Pro Farmer’s Jim Wiesemeyer.


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Spell Check

randal mcmurphy
rochester, IN
4/29/2019 01:47 PM

  the deadline was extended 16 days, there is rain forecast in this region 13 of those daysb59fea

4/30/2019 07:32 AM

  I heard Sen. Grassley on Chip's radio program yesterday. Was talking about USMCA. How Pelosi and Dems are blocking the vote. I did not here him mention the Canadian Govt. official who clearly stated last week. That until POTOUS ends tariff's on steele and aluminum the Canadians will not sign any agreement. Until the administration stops bulling our neighbors and is willing to speak the truth we are in dire straights. Good example is Trump naming agreement USMCA instead of NAFTA 2. This is suppose to be a fair and equal deal . The name alone pisses the 2 other countries off. Bad start to what used to be a good NAFTA now just another Trump mistake.

Helena De vries
Athens, WI
4/30/2019 01:47 PM

  I hear everybody talking now days about export, export is important but nobody talks about import ,import thats coming in to this country from every side .Do realize that Europe and canada both export to this country.Europe has a blast the last 4,5 year ,they have a milk price of $20 a cwt .So called free trade and milking for world market price right?? How come that we're always hearing about export never import??You don't run a business just only knowing what you put out ??And most of it at what price does it come in,apparently not cheap because Europe has a good milk price . You can't even export to Europe because they have tariffs and that is also for Canada. And about canada ,canada has a very strong lobby for dairy ,nothing like the one we have because they do nothing. MAYBE OUR REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD BE TIDE INTO OUR CLASS 3 PRICE AS WELL ???Maybe then they would work a little harder if they see their paycheck disappear. Who the hell tries to push for 30 billion pounds if you have no market for it???Ask yourself did it make you money or maybe somebody else ,who all gets paid by your cwt's??? If it made you money in the last years maybe we should push for 40 billion and give it away for $10 ??Maybe ask your self when you get advise what's the benefit for them ?Now the big discussion for supply management, it's not a price guarantee, it's a production regulator.Europe has that for over 30 years and their milkprice goes up and also below cost price.Only canada is pretty stable, but they scream if the milkprice goes to low,here i hear nothing.If you want to milk a certain amount everyday or every month and if you don't make that, they take your quota,and if you overproduce you get penalized but your milk still goes for market that 's up for you,but i thank for that..


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